MONTREAL — Hockey figured in a big way at the 22nd Geminis on Monday, the first of three evenings of Canuck TV awards culminating in a televised gala on Oct. 28 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The first night was dedicated to awards for documentary, news and sports. Laine Drewery won for direction of a docu series for “Hockey: A People’s History”; Ron Forsythe won for direction of a live sporting event for the CBC broadcast of game seven of the Edmonton Oilers/Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup final series in spring 2006; and the nod for live sporting event went to the CBC coverage of game three in the same Stanley Cup series.
In more hockey-related wins, Pierre McGuire drew game analyst honors for his work on “NHL on TSN” on the pay channel TSN; Mark Milliere won for sports analysis for the same TSN show; Bob Cole took sports play-by-play announcer for game three of the Carolina/Edmonton series; and former Los Angeles Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey won studio analyst for his contributions to CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.”
Biography documentary program award went to “Dangerous When Provoked: The Life & Times of Terry Mosher,” a portrait of the Canadian newspaper cartoonist from producer John Curtin.
Award for direction in a documentary program went to David Ridgen for “Mississippi Cold Case.”
Litsa Sourtzis won the Gemini for direction in a news information program or series for long-running CBC consumer info show “Marketplace.”
The Gemini for docu series went to producer Michael Ghent and “Global Currents.”
The lifestyle, children’s and youth Gemini winners will be announced Tuesday, and the drama, variety and comedy awards will be doled out at a ceremony Wednesday.