Hockey Night in Canada has reached a great age (and for television, practically an immortal one) because it made itself into something that Canada couldn’t live without. It is this surge of emotion that connected us all each week, and which connects us through the years to now. Hockey Night in Canada didn’t just aim a camera at a game and observe what happened—it actively gave the country a prism through which it could see itself and its evolving diversity. We look where the eye of Hockey Night in Canada looks, and it looks at us. We remember what it remembers. We feel what it feels. That is the dynamic that has made the show much more than a long-lived TV success; it is a cultural juggernaut.Ask fans where they saw their first hockey game, and chances are it was on Hockey Night in Canada. Ask the players—male or female—what first got them into the rink, and the answer will be the same: they wanted to be like the players on Hockey Night in Canada.