As we put the wraps on the 2014 NHL season, we say goodbye to Hockey Night in Canada as we know it. Rogers takes over the reigns of Hockey Night in Canada next season.
Rory Boylen, The Hockey News -- The closing montage of the 2014 season was especially emotional because it was the last CBC produced Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The show will continue on the CBC for at least the next four years, but will be controlled by Rogers, the new national NHL right’s holders. And you get the feeling HNIC will never be exactly the same again.
HNIC has marked the passage of time for the past six decades of NHL history. It’s been a healthy slice of Canadian culture, nurturing an inspiration for the game. It’s been a religion for anyone who dedicated their Saturday nights to the broadcast and vividly remember even the most random playoff moments from two decades ago. All those Stanley Cups being handed out and passed down, broadcast into our imagination by HNIC.