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Hockey sounds of the season

It is a Sabres off day wedged between matchups with the Senators and Leafs, so here goes ...

CBC Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean and TSN's Dave Hodge (who handled play-by-play duties in the Sabres' inaugural season) played bit parts during a Holiday Jam benefit concert at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre earlier this week. The two were squaring off in cards in sort of a Western saloon setting as Sam Roberts (intermission performer at the '08 Winter Classic) led a group rendition of Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler."

Hodge also took part in a duet with noted Senators fan and Ottawa native Kathleen Edwards. The two sung -- although Hodge was mainly using spoken word -- a racy version of Linda Ronstadt's "We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock and Roll)."

Edwards is no stranger to mixing hockey with music. Marty McSorley, Paul Coffey and others starred in her "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory" video and she has another song titled "Hockey Skates."

Oh yeah, the show was kicked off by the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie. We will close with the Hip's 2006 effort, "Lonely End of the Rink" before returning to your regularly scheduled hockey blogging.

---Geoff Nason


NHL | TV/Radio/Media
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