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'Battle of the Blades' pairs ready for action

Toronto Maple Leafs fan favorite Darcy Tucker announced as first guest judge

Tanith Belbin will take the ice in this season of "Battle of the Blades."
Tanith Belbin will take the ice in this season of "Battle of the Blades." (courtesy of CBC)

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By CBC
(09/23/2011) - The cast of Battle of the Blades is gearing up for the first live performance show this Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 p.m. on CBC Television, followed by the second live performance episode on Monday, Sept. 26, at 8:00 p.m. Joining the judging panel for the first anticipated performance episode of the season is fan favorite ex-NHL player Darcy Tucker.

Known for his gritty style of play, Tucker played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche, but he is most well known for his time spent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A fan favorite in the hearts of Leafs fans everywhere, Tucker spent seven seasons with the club before announcing his retirement in 2010 to pursue a career as a sports agent.

Tucker will add colorful commentary to the insightful remarks of head judge Sandra Bezic and resident judge Jeremy Roenick as the pairs showcase their skills in the hopes of winning a $100,000 donation for their charity of choice. The first Battle of the Blades live performances will be comprised of one-hour competitions on Sunday, Sept. 25, and on Monday, Sept. 26, at 8:00 p.m. Subsequent weeks will feature one-hour performance shows on Sunday evenings followed by the dramatic, live "skate-off" half-hour results shows on Monday nights.

Viewers that missed the first episode last Sunday can watch a special presentation of Battle of the Blades: Game On this Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2:00 p.m.