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YMMV: Hockey Night in Canada
  • Broken Base: Don Cherry. He's either a broadcasting legend or an insane old man
    • Fans were divided on George Stroumboulopoulos before he hosted a single night.
  • Creator's Pet / Wolverine Publicity: Eastern Canadian teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens (and occasionally the Ottawa Senators, all get more screen-time than any Western Canadian team (or American team). Partly justified, with Southern Ontario and Quebec having the highest population density of Canada.
    • The effects of these issues were mitigated somewhat when HNIC started doing East/West doubleheaders and split regional games (i.e. the Winnipeg Jets for Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Canadiens for Quebec, etc.), but the default game would still often be one of those teams, and it was hard to escape it unless you had multiple CBC time zone feeds on your TV service. The new Rogers consortium attempts to mitigate this, but Hockey Night in Toronto still lives on; what was the "default" game under the old arrangement is what gets put on CBC nationally — in this case, the Maple Leafs.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Dolores Claman's Hockey Theme is sometimes referred to as "Canada's other national anthem".
    • Now it's owned by TSN.
    • It gets better. Better as in being drummed out by Neil Peart.
    • Its replacement, Canadian Gold, isn't too bad either.
    • Tim Thompson's intros, particularly those for various Stanley Cup playoffs, always feature great music. My personal favorite is the intro to game seven of the 2011 Finals, featuring City and Colour's "Fragile Bird."
    • "The Chance", the playoff anthem of the mid-1990s.
    • The Coach's Corner theme.
    • The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final closed with a montage set to Queen's "The Show Must Go On", incorporating the traditional highlights, along with clips of memorable Hockey Night moments from the past.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The most common complaints surrounding Rogers' Hockey Night have included, so far:
    • The presence of George Stroumboulopoulos and the ousting of Ron MacLean
    • The mere fact that Sportsnet is producing it instead of CBC proper (although Rogers subcontracts some of the HNIC production staff from CBC, including its executive producers. Aside from studio segments, there is still some continuity behind the scenes)
    • The new orchestral remix of "Canadian Gold" lacking the spirit of the original.
    • Don Cherry's segment getting cut by 2 minutes in length.
    • People not realizing what happened to Hockey Night and becoming confused about why its on Sportsnet and Citytv too.

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