Canucks and Beyond
The reports on Sean Avery’s medical condition this morning started off at a furious pace with words the NY Daily News (reporters John Dellapina and Larry McShane) had to have known would incite a frenzy:
Rangers bad boy Sean Avery, unconscious and not breathing, was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Wednesday morning in cardiac arrest just hours after his team’s playoff loss, sources said.
By 12:30pm Eastern Time, the NY Rangers issued a statement denying these facts, and confirming rumors that were already circulating: that Avery was in fact suffering from a lacerated spleen. A serious condition, but one that did not involve anything as extreme as Avery not breathing for any period of time.
By early afternoon, David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail was quoting a NYR spokesman who stated that “[Avery] walked into the hospital and was not on a stretcher.” And Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun spoke with Avery’s agent, Pat Morris, who says the condition was never life-threatening.
Almost certainly, this was an entirely innocent mistake by the Daily News, but a profitable one for their website, and they’ve not handled the situation very well in general.
From the CP via Yahoo:
In the excitement, French-language sports channel RDS has reeled in more Quebec viewers than CBC has nationwide with its Habs broadcasts. And even many English-speaking hockey fans are tuning in to the French coverage.
Some Anglos in Quebec say they’re choosing RDS over the CBC’s English coverage, and many believe the public broadcaster should stick to what it knows best - Toronto.
“The announcers are better, they’re not as biased and they don’t care who’s winning - they tell it as it is,” Pat Wychocki said of RDS…
This reminds me—as a kid out living out west, we almost always watched (or listened to) the Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Nordiques on a French language broadcast, when it was available.
On the eve of the race for the 2008 Stanley Cup, the award-winning CBC Digital Archives Website has launched the Top 10 NHL Playoff Moments—an online collection that pays tribute to some of the most memorable playoff moments in National Hockey League history. Some really amazing footage there. (And unlike some other video material on CBC, it can be viewed by browsers outside of Canada, which is nice.)
Also at CBC, some stuff that probably won’t make it into history’s digital archives: What’s Your Playoff Ritual? (It was this video caught my eye especially; the world ugliest—and yet most awesome?—hockey basement.)
Anyway, to open up the first round of the playoffs, below you’ll find the scheduling info for TSN (sharp new website design, btw) and CBC.
Tonight’s Canucks/Flames tilt is being brought to you by The Joy That Is Pay Per View. But if you’d rather spend your $12.95 digital feed cash on some cocktails & eats instead (and who wouldn’t?) Darren Barefoot has created a handy reference guide: the mapped locations of PPV venues as provided at the Canucks website.
(Click here or on the map image below for location details).
Out of curiosity, do any American markets ever have to rely on PPV game broadcasts?
P.S. Anyone who wishes to make their own PPV google map mashup, Darren outlines how he did it here.
Quote of the Day:
“Poor Alanah. I’m worried about Alanah…”
- Pierre McGuire
This was Pierre’s response earlier today, when considering my status as a Canucks fan. He was reflecting on the hardships in Vancouver, both the scoring problems as well as today’s loss of Mattias Ohlund (which I blathered about earlier here, after I’d whined for long enough about Chris Pronger; although, is it really ever enough?).
You can check out the whole interview with McGuire here. A very smart hockey guy, obviously, and a gracious interview as well.
CBC Sports announced Tuesday that it has re-signed Gemini Award-winning announcer Jim Hughson to a six-year contract.
The new deal goes into effect immediately and runs through to the end of the 2013-14 NHL season.
Hughson, from Fort St. John, B.C., will continue to work on two of CBC’s major sports properties, Hockey Night in Canada and Blue Jays baseball, during the course of the agreement.
Since Hughson has been fairly clear he will not be working both at Rogers Sportsnet and CBC in the future—it was to be one or the other—it seems Canucks fans are now awaiting word of a new play-by-play man for next season.
Any nominations? Hughson’s tenure will be a tough act to follow.
In the last 24 hours, the hockey media has been fond of repeating the lie that Peter Forsberg was meant to be a “game time decision” tonight against the Canucks. Whatever. Perhaps it’s sort of like when Peter Forsberg was no longer realistically considering returning to the NHL… yet somehow managed to sign with the Avs just in time to vanish into Rocky Mountain hell.
Oh, he’ll play tonight, because after losing Ryan Smyth and Marek Svatos to injury, it’s the perfect setup for Forsberg to resurrect. And I’m not even being snarky. Vancouver has a plan to roll over to this guy like Cloutier used to roll over to Joe Sakic setting personal NHL records on our net.
In just 24 seconds, 35-year old Darwin Head went from being a sawmill worker to Canada’s newest millionaire, as the Prince Albert, SK, resident scored the $1 million grand prize tonight in TSN’s second annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout.
I’ll put up the video as soon as someone else Youtubes it (sorry, I was busy DVRing “Law & Order” for some idiotic reason). However—if you’re lucky—the video link on the TSN page will work for you. (Didn’t for me, but TSN hates Firefox as a rule.)
It should be said that Darwin Head was as cool as anything shooting from the point, AND—now that he’s got his first million bucks—I’m pretty sure he’ll play for cheap! How’d you miss this guy, Nonis?
(Oh yeah, right… blinded by dreams of Pettinger…)
Updated 10:37pm PT: Video now added below…
Walking up Robson Street in Vancouver last Saturday night, I was going against the crowds streaming towards GM Place to watch the Wings/Canucks
matchup and I had the most disturbing experience: I smacked straight into Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty.
Well, it was actually just their jerseys on a couple of random white guys apparently out looking for a beat-down… but still… *shudder*
It was also the first time I’ve spent in Vancouver in a few months, so I thought I’d jot down some random observations about West Coast Hockeytown, plus toss up a few photos:
A busy weekend ahead, as Sunday is the time for the Vancouver Canucks’ annual Open Practice. Last year, the team was nice enough to allow The Crazy Canucks podcasters to record throughout the building—and it was a great experience, but this year might even be even more fun
And that’s just for starters…
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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