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" HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA "
1952 s/n Paper
26.625" x 20"
Centre Ice Unveiling of 'Hockey Night in Canada
November 2, 2002. On ice at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, surrounded by past and present Hockey Hall of Famers, the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Montreal Canadiens
and 20,000 appreciative fans, Ken Danby unveiled, Hockey Night in Canada. The painting was the artists's tribute to the 50th anniversaries
of the CBC and its landmark program, Hockey Night in Canada. The nationally broadcast unveiling ceremony, and subsequent game between Canada's two
original teams, marked the end of the CBC's year-long anniversary celebrations.
As Ken stood in the spotlight on centre ice with his painting, the official CBC-Hockey Night in Canada Commemorative Limited Edition Print was announced
live to the country and via satellite to all of North America. Framed prints were then presented by the CBC to the newest Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and the NHL teams.
After the game, the CBC gave each of the 20,000 fans in attendance a free souvenir art card of the painting.
This collector's print is a joint project of the CBC and Ken Danby Studios to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the CBC
and their broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada.
" The image on the screen is an accurate depiction of the most famous play in Canadian hockey history - Paul Henderson's dramatic goal in the Canada-Russia
series of 1972 - when he clinched the series with less than a minute remaining. Hockey Night in Canada's crew was there, in Moscow, with Foster Hewitt
broadcasting the game back to Canada on CBC television. More Canadians watched this event than had seen the first moon walk. It was a national phenomenon.
The painting is not intended to depict any particular time period, but symbolically represent the entire era of 50 years of Hockey Night in Canada.
Henderson's goal on the screen doesn't necessarily mean that the children are watching the live broadcast, as it has been shown numerous times since."