Last July, 68 hockey players with big-league dreams came to Silver Star and Vernon for the filming of Making the Cut, a sports-based reality TV show produced by Network Entertainment and sponsored by Bell Canada. Cameras followed the players both on and off the ice as they were subjected to a variety of physical and mental challenges and faced off against each other in teams coached by the two most legendary coaches in the NHL, Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan. Off the ice, the players had time to play some golf, tour the local wineries, and enjoy the fabulous Okanagan summer weather.
From the original 68, 18 prospects were invited to the grand finale at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, where six players would be selected for a tryout by each of the six Canadian teams in the National Hockey League.
The Vernon area and Silver Star benefited hugely from this exposure to a national TV audience on a regular basis. The players and the extensive production crew were sequestered at Silver Star Mountain Resort during the shooting, a short twenty-minute drive from the Vernon Multi-Plex where the on-ice action took place. During a season in which NHL hockey has become a distant memory, Making the Cut has filled some part of the void left by the current lockout. The show was broadcast for thirteen consecutive weeks on CBC before the grand finale was aired on Wednesday, December 14. A three-DVD box set on the show will be released in March, and plans are already underway for another “Making the Cut” series for next summer.