A Battle of the Blades

Canada’s “Battle of the Blades” enjoyed a successful second season on Canada’s CBC network this fall.

The show paired eight former NHL stars with professional female figure skaters who competed on behalf of charities of their choice.

Season two had all the sassy energy of season one. After watching the action unfold last season, the guys turned up wanting to win.

Everyone showed true competitive spirit, taking a lot of pride in what they put out on the ice and adding more difficulty — several of the teams performed double throws, for example.

The finale came down to three teams with very different styles. Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner’s high-flying tricks were contrasted with Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisebois’ dance-y charisma, and the classical lines of the only all-Russian team, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valeri Bure.

All three teams skated well in the final show, and the winner was decided solely by votes.

In the end, Gordeeva and Bure’s pure pairs approach won over Canada. The duo claimed the coveted glass trophy and split $100,000 between their chosen charities, Cardiac Kids and Compassion Canada.

As Gordeeva skated off with the trophy, it fell from her hands and shattered on the ice. “It was better that she dropped it than me,” Bure later said with good humor.

Originally published in February 2011