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Hockey: A People’s History concludes Sunday, Oct. 15 on CBC

ep3haph7.jpg Women’s hockey grows in popularity, Canada loses its grip on the  game but a revival looms

HOCKEY: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY wraps up on CBC Television this Sunday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., with back-to-back episodes. Episode 9, Winter of Discontent, shows how Canada’s hockey glory from past decades begins to fade. At the Nagano Olympics in 1998, when Canada’s pros are allowed to compete for the first time, fans are shocked and dismayed when the team loses. Teams begin to move south of the border, and Canada’s unofficial hockey czar, Alan Eagleson, is dethroned – found guilty of fraud and theft and sentenced to nine months in jail. In contrast, women’s hockey grows in popularity with more than a million fans watching the Canadian team win the first-ever World Championship in 1990, and witnessing women’s hockey debut at the 1998 Olympic Games. Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in the NHL, for one period during an exhibition game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In episode 10, Reclaiming the Game, the focus shifts to minor hockey. With an undue emphasis on winning at all costs, a game kids play wasn’t so much fun anymore. Ken Dryden’s Open Ice Summit, the first national hockey conference of its kind, attempts to create initiatives to renew the game at the grassroots level. Internationally, Canada reclaims gold at the 2002 Olympics and 2004 World Cup of Hockey. And despite the subsequent disappointment of the 2006 Olympics, when Canada finished out of the medals, and the NHL lockout that cancelled the entire 2004/05 season, the game has
emerged stronger than ever. With an improved NHL and the growth of the sport internationally, Canada can take pride in being the country that gave hockey to the world.

Hockey: A People’s History airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. until Oct. 15, with two one-hour episodes each evening. Series narrator Paul Gross is accompanied by hockey “philosophers” (experts in the field) Wayne Gretzky, Ken Dryden, Michael McKinley, Alison Griffiths, Jean Beliveau, Stephen Brunt, Don Cherry, Daniele Sauvageau and Bruce Dowbiggin, among others. Hockey: A People’s History is a collaboration between CBC Television and Société Radio-Canada and is produced by the award-winning team who created the nationally acclaimed series Canada: A People’s History. For more information
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Upcoming episode: Jozi-H, CBC, Oct. 13

From CBC:

Ancient customs and medical science collide
Series Premiere. JOZI-H is gripping medical drama about the personal struggles faced by an international band of doctors, surgeons and nurses dedicated to saving lives at one of the world’s highest profile emergency medicine facilities – Johannesburg Metropolitan Hospital.

In the premiere, Canadian neurosurgeon Russ Monsour (Vincent Walsh) finds a cool welcome when he refuses to remove a bullet from the brain of a criminal, while pediatrician Jenny Langford (Sarah Allen) takes care of a baby born in a tree and rescued by helicopter.

JOZI-H also stars Billoah Greene, Thami Ngubeni, Neil McCarthy, Tumisho Masha and Hlomla Dandala.


Upcoming episode: October 1970, CBC, Oct. 12

From CBC:

Canada changed forever on Oct. 5, 1970
Series premiere. The eight-hour dramatic mini-series is a detective thriller, a hostage drama and a political nail-biter. On October 5, 1970, the political landscape of Canada was changed forever when terrorists from the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British diplomat James Cross from his Montreal residence. October 1970 parachutes viewers into the action, allowing them to see events through the eyes of the kidnappers, the victims, the police and the politicians.