Prime Minister Stephen Harper Talks Hockey with Gord Miller during TSN Exclusive
-- Says Harper: "I love my job as Prime Minister, but if you could be a hockey player, I mean, what could be better than that?" -- -- Harper touts Ottawa and Calgary as top Canadian teams in NHL Playoffs -- TORONTO, April 18 2006 -- In an exclusive one-on-one interview, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke at length with TSN's Gord Miller about the great Canadian game of hockey. The five-minute conversation, which took place last Thursday at the Calgary Saddledome during the Avalanche @ Flames game, will air on Thursday, April 20 during TSN's two-hour special NHL on TSN: Stanley Cup Playoff Preview Show, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Harper talks with Miller about his love of hockey, his favourite Canadian teams in the playoffs, and being a dedicated hockey Dad to son Ben. "I always say, it doesn't matter how busy I am and how early in the morning it is. The one thing I can always manage to get energy for is to see my kid play hockey," said Harper. "I love my job as Prime Minister, but if you could be a hockey player, I mean, what could be better than that?" Harper also shares with Miller his plans to write a book on the early history of professional hockey and the controversy surrounding it. "Professional sports was equivalent to prostitution in the eyes of a lot of the establishment of the day. It's kind of hard to believe now, but it was a very emotional subject, whether athletes should be paid..." Harper is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, but says that research for the book has slowed down since recently being elected Canada's 22nd Prime Minister. TSN is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans from across the country.(*) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also features the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Championship Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona 500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy 500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events; 2006 FIFA World Cup; UEFA Champions League Soccer; HBO World Championship boxing; and Figure Skating including the national championships. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing TSN's position as Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available in eight million households. TSN's programming and news content is also available online at TSN.ca. (*)2004/2005 Roper Canada - Winter For further information: Andrea Goldstein, Director of Communications, (w)(416) 332-7575, (c)(647) 224-8800; Matthew Garrow, Communications Officer, (w)(416) 332-7599, (c)(416) 859-4738; Archived images on this organization are searchable through CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media.
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