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The Pen Flip Heard Across the Country

On March 14, 1987, Dave Hodge had had enough of the way decisions were being made at CBC Sports with regards to live sports programming. Here's footage of the last straw and the pen flip heard across the country.

It really has become the stuff of legend, and I've been lucky enough to speak with a few people who were there, as well as Dave Hodge himself. Let's begin with Ron MacLean, who witnessed the entire incident and would go on to replace Dave at Hockey Night in Canada.

Paul Romanuk, currently calling games for Hockey Night in Canada, was even closer to the flip. Here's how Paul remembers that day.

Also working for CBC Sports that night was Ken Daniels, now the radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings. Here's how Ken remembers the pencil pen flip.

Last but not least, I asked the man himself about that night. Here's Dave Hodge telling me all about his pen flip.

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