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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.
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standard, TSN's flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-one
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of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple Leafs hockey; International Hockey
including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012;
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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



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