Cumberland Cougars ready for their close-up on HNIC

Christopher Gooding
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Peewee girls team tapes introduction of Dec. 27 Penguins-Canadiens game to the country

SPRINGHILL - Taping for the precursor to CBC television's Dec. 27 "Hockey Night in Canada"?fell on the former mining town of Springhill, where the Cumberland Cougars peewee girls squad gave their all to introduce the Pittsburgh Penguins as they face off against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chosen as one of the 25 minor hockey teams from across Canada, CBC video producer Eric Wooliscroft coached the girls through their lines before hitting the ice with the Cumberland County team.
It's the third opportunity Wooliscroft has had to showcase an Atlantic Canada team this year in the Scotiabank sponsored Hockey Tonight Kids.
"They're some excited. This is a big thing for them," Wooliscroft said over the cheers of the Cougars.
Cougars player Jillian Read, who will have a speaking part in the game night introduction, was thrilled to put her stamp on the upcoming NHL game.
"It's awesome," Read said. "A life experience."
Hockey mom Irene Chevarie sent in the application on behalf of the Cougars to the CBC contest where a panel chose the Cougars from submissions from across the country.
In short order, Chevarie says, the team's application was online, before a panel and calling Chevarie to let her know the Cougars were chosen as one of 25 teams to be featured this year on Hockey Night Kids.
"My reaction, I went insane," Chevarie said.
"I told the kids when they were all together in Sussex (N.B.) they had won and they've been really excited. The parents, too."
Slated to air before 7:30 p.m., on Dec, 27, the Cougars will be featured on ice at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre as the minutes melt away to game time.
When 7:30 p.m., hits, the Cumberland County team will be bestowed with the privilege of calling out part of Canada's cultural idioms to the nation, "Tonight, on 'Hockey Night in Canada' …"

cgooding@springhillrecord.com

Organizations: CBC, Penguins-Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins Montreal Canadiens Scotiabank NHL

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, SPRINGHILL, Cumberland County Sussex

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