La Soirée du hockey (or "The Night of Hockey") was a popular ice hockey show in Canada.
It was the French language SRC equivalent of the English Canadian CBC show "Hockey Night in Canada" The show used "The Hockey Theme" as its theme song.
In parallel with CBCEdit
In parallel with CBC, La Soirée du hockey often featured Montreal Canadiens games on Saturday evenings.
In the past, the SRC had aired Quebec Nordiques and Ottawa Senators games occasionally during the regular season if the Canadiens were not playing that night.
2002–03 deal with Réseau des sports (RDS)Edit
Beginning with the 2002–03 season, RDS secured exclusive French language rights to the NHL.
The deal (reached with the Canadiens and not directly with the league) was meant to ensure a consistent home for all Canadiens games, whereas, as a general-interest network, Radio-Canada could not give up so much airtime to Canadiens games.
The announcement drew the ire of (among others) then-Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, who suggested that the network would somehow be violating its conditions of licence by not airing LSDH.
In reality, there is no specific regulatory requirement that the CBC's networks carry the NHL, nor that there be parity between the two networks' carriage thereof.
Le Hockey du samedi soirEdit
Radio-Canada soon reached an agreement to produce the Saturday night games to remain branded La Soirée du hockey to be simulcast on both SRC and RDS.
However (for reasons that are unclear), that agreement was terminated after the 2004 playoffs.
The RDS-produced replacement, Le Hockey du samedi soir, was simulcast on SRC outside Quebec, where RDS has limited distribution) through 2006. NHL hockey has since become exclusive to RDS.
Radio Play-by-Play AnnouncersEdit
- Rolland Beaudry (1937)
- Michel Normandin (1940s)
- Rene Lecavalier (he was also the first commentator for La Soirée du hockey. He broadcast games for the Montreal Canadiens on radio and television for over 30 years and retired in 1985. He was as revered in French Canada as Foster Hewitt was in English Canada)
- Lionel Duval
- Richard Garneau (1957-1985)
- Claude Quenneville (1980)
- Rene Pothier (1991)
TV Play-by-Play AnnouncersEdit
- Rene Lecavalier (1952–1985)
- Raymond Lebrun (1973–1977)
- Winston McQuade (1977–1982)
- Serge Arsenault (1982–1988)
- Richard Garneau (1985–1990)
- Jean Page (1988–1989)
- Camille Dube (1989–1997)
- Claude Quenneville (1990–2002)
TV Colour CommentatorsEdit
- Jean-Maurice Bailly (1952–1970)
- Gilles Tremblay (1970–1998)
- Robert Pepin (1972)
- Claude Mailhot (1972–1982)
- Paul Larivee (1978)
- Bernard Brisset (1980)
- Gerard Potvin (1981)
- Mario Tremblay (1986–1988)
- Yvon Pedneault (1994)
- Michel Bergeron (1998–2002)
- Ron Fournier
- Pierre Bouchard