CBC’s “Battle of the Blades” drafts female hockey player

The third season of the CBC's Battle of the Blades, the series that puts hockey stars in figure skates, will feature its first female hockey player participant. (Pictured: Tessa Bonhomme and Blades partner David Pelletier)
August 22, 2011

The third season of the CBC’s Battle of the Blades, the series that puts hockey stars in figure skates, will feature its first female hockey player participant. (Pictured: Tessa Bonhomme and partner David Pelletier)

Premiering on September 18 at 8 p.m., the new season will see Olympic gold medalist and Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team member Tessa Bonhomme (pictured with figure skater and Blades partner David Pelletier) join NHL hockey players Bryan Berard, Brad May, Boyd Devereaux, Wade Belak, Curtis Leschyshyn and Cale Hulse.

Each professional hockey player will be paired with figure skating stars, including Pelletier,  Elena Berezhnaya, Tanith Belbin, Marie-France Dubreuil, Anabelle Langlois, Violetta Afanasieva, Kim Navarro and Marcy Hinzmann-Harris.

“I can’t wait to take on the NHL players and show them that women’s hockey has come a long way,” said Bonhomme. “I am honored to be the first woman representing all those who play our great game and with a partner like David Pelletier, we will try to take it easy on the NHL guys.”

Battle of the Blades awards a CDN $100,000 first prize donation to the charity of the winner’s choice. The live elimination competition series airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on the CBC, and is followed on Mondays with a live results show.

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