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'''La Soirée du hockey''' (or "The Night of Hockey") was a popular ice hockey show in Canada.
 
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'''''La Soirée du hockey''''' (literally translated to ''The Night of Hockey'') was a Canadian [[ice hockey]] television show. It was the [[French language]] [[Télévision de Radio-Canada|Radio-Canada]] equivalent of the [[English Canadian]] [[CBC Television|CBC]] show ''[[Hockey Night in Canada]]''. The show used "[[The Hockey Theme]]" as its theme song, like its English language counterpart. The show ran from 1952 to 2004.
   
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==Games covered==
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.
 
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''La Soirée du hockey'' most frequently featured [[Montreal Canadiens]] games on Saturday evenings, usually in parallel with English-language broadcasts on CBC. In later years, CBC would drop some of its split-national telecasts in the 7 p.m. ET window, resulting in a single national telecast at that time (most of the time featuring the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]]), while Radio-Canada continued to feature the Canadiens. The broadcast featured [[Quebec Nordiques]] and [[Ottawa Senators]] games occasionally during the regular season on rare occasions where the Canadiens were idle on Saturday night.
   
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During the playoffs, ''SDH'' featured all games involving the Montreal Canadiens. After they were eliminated from further contention (or if they did not make the playoffs that season), the program usually featured series of interest to French Canadians, up to and including the [[Stanley Cup Finals]].
==In parallel with CBC==
 
In parallel with CBC, La Soirée du hockey often featured Montreal Canadiens games on Saturday evenings.
 
   
 
==2002–03 deal with Réseau des sports==
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.
 
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Beginning with the [[2002–03 NHL season|2002–03 season]], [[Réseau des sports|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; as a general-interest network, Radio-Canada cannot give up so much airtime to Canadiens games. The announcement drew the ire of, among others, then-[[Minister of Canadian Heritage|Heritage Minister]] [[Sheila Copps]], who suggested that the network would somehow be violating its conditions of licence by not airing ''La Soirée du hockey''. In fact, there is no specific mention in the CBC's licence from the CRTC (or any other legal document governing the CBC) that the CBC's networks carry coverage of NHL games, nor that there be parity between the two networks' carriage of such games.
   
 
===''Le Hockey du samedi soir''===
==2002–03 deal with Réseau des sports (RDS)==
 
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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 Stanley Cup playoffs|2004 playoffs]].<ref>[https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=86384&hubname= TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> The RDS-produced replacement, ''[[Le Hockey du samedi soir]]'', was simulcast on SRC outside Québec, where RDS has limited distribution, through 2006.
Beginning with the 2002–03 season, RDS secured exclusive French language rights to the NHL.
 
   
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French-language rights to NHL hockey became exclusive to RDS in 2006; the national package, including all Saturday broadcasts, then moved to [[TVA Sports]] (under sub-licence from [[Rogers Communications]]) in 2014. While Rogers has licensed the rights to the "Hockey Night in Canada" name from the CBC for its Saturday broadcasts (some of which will continue to air on CBC), there has been no indication that the rights to the "La Soirée du hockey" branding are included in that deal. Instead, TVA Sports has branded its Saturday telecasts as ''La super soirée LNH'' (''NHL Super Evening'') and, unlike its English language counterpart, has not offered broadcasts to Radio-Canada.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://tvasports.ca/hockey/lnh/tva-sports-devoile-son-calendrier-5082014|title=TVA SPORTS DÉVOILE SON CALENDRIER|publisher=[[TVA Sports]]|date=2014-08-05|access-date=2014-09-20}}</ref>
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.
 
   
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==List of commentators==
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.
 
   
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{{see also|List of Stanley Cup Finals broadcasters#French Canadian television}}
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 soir===
 
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.
 
   
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=== Radio personnel ===
However (for reasons that are unclear), that agreement was terminated after the 2004 playoffs.
 
 
*[[Rolland Beaudry]] (1937), play-by-play announcer
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*[[Charles Mayer (journalist)|Charles Mayer]] (1940s–1950s), established and hosted the French language equivalent of the Hot Stove League on radio broadcasts, and made the choice of the game's three stars<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.sportshall.ca/hall-of-famers/hall-of-famers-search.html?proID=378&lang=EN|title=Charles Mayer|year=1971|website=[[Canada's Sports Hall of Fame]]|access-date=25 December 2020}}</ref>
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*[[Michel Normandin]] (1945), play-by-play announcer<ref>imperial Oil magazine "The Sales Motor" October 1952</ref>
 
*[[René Lecavalier|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 [[1984–85 NHL season|1985]]. He was as revered in French Canada as [[Foster Hewitt]] was in English Canada.
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*[[Lionel Duval]] {{When|date=February 2011}}, play-by-play announcer
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*[[Richard Garneau]] (1957–1985), play-by-play announcer<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.rds.ca/pantheon/chroniques/209013.html|title = Richard Garneau, médias|date = 14 July 2006}}</ref>
 
*[[Claude Quenneville]] (1980), play-by-play announcer
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*[[René Pothier|Rene Pothier]] (1991), play-by-play announcer
   
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=== TV play-by-play announcers ===
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.
 
 
*[[René Lecavalier]] (1952–1985)
 
*[[Raymond Lebrun]] (1973–1977)
 
*[[Winston McQuade]] (1977–1982)
 
*[[Serge Arsenault]] (1982–1988)
 
*[[Richard Garneau]] (1985–1990)
 
*[[Jean Pagé]] (1988–1989)
 
*[[Camille Dubé]] (1989–1997)
 
*[[Claude Quenneville]] (1990–2002)
   
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=== TV colour commentators ===
==Commentators==
 
 
*[[Jean-Maurice Bailly]] (1952–1970)
===Radio Play-by-Play Announcers===
 
 
*[[Gilles Tremblay (ice hockey)|Gilles Tremblay]] (1970–1998)
*Rolland Beaudry (1937)
 
 
*[[Robert Pépin|Robert Pepin]] (1972)
*Michel Normandin (1940s)
 
 
*[[Claude Mailhot]] (1972–1982)
*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)
 
 
*[[Paul Larivée|Paul Larivee]] (1978)
*Lionel Duval
 
 
*[[Bernard Brisset]] (1980)
*Richard Garneau (1957-1985)
 
 
*[[Gérard Potvin|Gerard Potvin]] (1981)
*Claude Quenneville (1980)
 
 
*[[Mario Tremblay]] (1986–1988)
*Rene Pothier (1991)
 
 
*[[Yvon Pedneault]] (1994)
 
*[[Michel Bergeron (hockey coach)|Michel Bergeron]] (1998–2002)
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*[[Ron Fournier (radio personality)|Ron Fournier]] {{When|date=February 2011}}
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*[[Pierre Bouchard]] {{When|date=February 2011}}
   
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==References==
===TV Play-by-Play Announcers===
 
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{{reflist}}
*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)
 
   
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== See also ==
===TV Colour Commentators===
 
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*[[List of Quebec television series]]
*Jean-Maurice Bailly (1952–1970)
 
 
*[[Television of Quebec]]
*Gilles Tremblay (1970–1998)
 
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*[[Culture of Quebec]]
*Robert Pepin (1972)
 
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*Claude Mailhot (1972–1982)
 
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*Paul Larivee (1978)
 
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*Bernard Brisset (1980)
 
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*Gerard Potvin (1981)
 
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*Mario Tremblay (1986–1988)
 
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*Yvon Pedneault (1994)
 
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*Michel Bergeron (1998–2002)
 
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*Ron Fournier
 
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*Pierre Bouchard
 
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Latest revision as of 00:51, 8 November 2021

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On-air TV logo for La Soirée du hockey, used in program identification, title card, and for TV on-air uniforms of TV on-air personalities.

La Soirée du hockey (literally translated to The Night of Hockey) was a Canadian ice hockey television show. It was the French language Radio-Canada equivalent of the English Canadian CBC show Hockey Night in Canada. The show used "The Hockey Theme" as its theme song, like its English language counterpart. The show ran from 1952 to 2004.

Games covered[]

La Soirée du hockey most frequently featured Montreal Canadiens games on Saturday evenings, usually in parallel with English-language broadcasts on CBC. In later years, CBC would drop some of its split-national telecasts in the 7 p.m. ET window, resulting in a single national telecast at that time (most of the time featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs), while Radio-Canada continued to feature the Canadiens. The broadcast featured Quebec Nordiques and Ottawa Senators games occasionally during the regular season on rare occasions where the Canadiens were idle on Saturday night.

During the playoffs, SDH featured all games involving the Montreal Canadiens. After they were eliminated from further contention (or if they did not make the playoffs that season), the program usually featured series of interest to French Canadians, up to and including the Stanley Cup Finals.

2002–03 deal with Réseau des sports[]

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; as a general-interest network, Radio-Canada cannot 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 La Soirée du hockey. In fact, there is no specific mention in the CBC's licence from the CRTC (or any other legal document governing the CBC) that the CBC's networks carry coverage of NHL games, nor that there be parity between the two networks' carriage of such games.

Le Hockey du samedi soir[]

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.[1] The RDS-produced replacement, Le Hockey du samedi soir, was simulcast on SRC outside Québec, where RDS has limited distribution, through 2006.

French-language rights to NHL hockey became exclusive to RDS in 2006; the national package, including all Saturday broadcasts, then moved to TVA Sports (under sub-licence from Rogers Communications) in 2014. While Rogers has licensed the rights to the "Hockey Night in Canada" name from the CBC for its Saturday broadcasts (some of which will continue to air on CBC), there has been no indication that the rights to the "La Soirée du hockey" branding are included in that deal. Instead, TVA Sports has branded its Saturday telecasts as La super soirée LNH (NHL Super Evening) and, unlike its English language counterpart, has not offered broadcasts to Radio-Canada.[2]

List of commentators[]

Radio personnel[]

  • Rolland Beaudry (1937), play-by-play announcer
  • Charles Mayer (1940s–1950s), established and hosted the French language equivalent of the Hot Stove League on radio broadcasts, and made the choice of the game's three stars[3]
  • Michel Normandin (1945), play-by-play announcer[4]
  • 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 Template:When, play-by-play announcer
  • Richard Garneau (1957–1985), play-by-play announcer[5]
  • Claude Quenneville (1980), play-by-play announcer
  • Rene Pothier (1991), play-by-play announcer

TV play-by-play announcers[]

  • René Lecavalier (1952–1985)
  • Raymond Lebrun (1973–1977)
  • Winston McQuade (1977–1982)
  • Serge Arsenault (1982–1988)
  • Richard Garneau (1985–1990)
  • Jean Pagé (1988–1989)
  • Camille Dubé (1989–1997)
  • Claude Quenneville (1990–2002)

TV colour commentators[]

  • 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 Template:When
  • Pierre Bouchard Template:When

References[]

See also[]

  • List of Quebec television series
  • Television of Quebec
  • Culture of Quebec
Preceded by
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NHL French network broadcast partner
in Canada

1952 - 2002
Succeeded by
RDS

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