by Patrick Hoffman on 09/23/11 at 11:43 AM ET
The return of the hockey season not only symbolizes the return of the NHL, its players, its franchises, and its fans, but it also marks the return of Sirius/XM’s NHL Home Ice for their seventh season.
This morning on Hockey Today with Mike Ross, the boss of the channel, Joe Thistel, came on and talked about how the season is going to look for channel so I figured I would summarize it for you here. There are some small changes but no matter what they are, they will always be a positive end result for the most important part of the channel, the fans.
As always, the mornings will kick off with Hockey This Morning with hosts Mike Ross, Mick Kern, Bruce Bolton and Aron Papernick. From 7:00 to 11:00 a.m., the gentlemen will break down the previous night’s game with highlights and recordings as long as bring in insiders such as Denis Potvin, Pierre McGuire and Peter Weber to analyze the NHL. “Rossy” and Mick have undeniable chemistry on the air so this should make for a terrific season on HTM.
From 11-12, the channel will have it’s War Room show with Mick Kern and Peter Berce. Some of our esteemed bloggers here on Kukla’s Korner are frequent guests on this show as Kern and Berce debate the latest happenings in the hockey world.
From noon to 1, Jim “Boomer” Gordon and Thistel host “The Point”. Thistel expalined this morning on Hockey Today that it will be more “Boomer” and less Thistel. There is nou doubt that these two make a great team when hosting together. Every once in awhile, fantasy hockey guru Rob Higgins will do a segment on Friday’s called The Point, Fantasy Edition.
Beginning at 1 and going to 4:00 p.m., Jamie Shalley will host the Breakaway. Many of you probably have heard Shalley host Ice Cap so now, Shalley will be part of the channel’s afternoon program and believe me when I say that you hockey fans out there will not be disappointed.
From 4 to 6, hockey fans can catch Scott Laughlin on The Power Play. The Power Play is no longer on the NHL Network and also no longer at Wayne Gretzky’s so “Scooter” will be in the Home Ice studios in Toronto with great guests, analysis and hockey talk.
One hour before the usual 7:00 p.m. game time, Laughlin and Boomer will preview the night’s action on “Face Off”. Of course, the two may also throw in a debate here and there.
During game-time, you’ll be able to listen to all the games directly on NHL Home Ice. Just go on the web site to see what NHL Home Ice channel your team is playing on.
Terry Mercury will close out the programming by wrapping up the night on “Ice Cap”.
On Friday’s, The Hockey News Radio Show with Adam Proteau will be back so make sure to catch that as well.
Of course, the channel also has programming on the weekend’s so make sure to go to their web site to take a peak at what great programming it has to offer.
There is no doubt that NHL Home Ice does it the best when it comes to covering the game we love on a consistent basis. So do yourselves a favor and make sure to catch all the action this season and beyond.
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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.
Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.
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