Entries with the tag: joe thistel
If you are a hockey fan, than you are probably following your favorite sport in a number of different ways.
May be you are one that watches the games on television, listens to the game on the radio, purchases the NHL Center Ice package for your family’s television, buys the NHL GameCenter Live package for your computer, or follows everything by hopping online and checking out all the hockey blogs, hockey beat writers, and so on and so forth.
Believe it or not, folks, there is another way and it is three words: NHL Home Ice.
This outlet is dedicated to hockey like no other. The hosts are not only some of the most knowledgeable hockey people out there, but they are also true fans of the game we all know and love.
Filed in: | Goal Line Report | Permalink
Tags: aron+papernick, breakaway, bruce+bolton, face+off, hockey+on+campus, hockey+primetime, hockey+prospects+radio, hockey+this+morning, hockey+unfiltered+with+todd+lewis, jamie+shalley, joe+thistel, josh+rimer, mick+kern, mike+ross, nhl+home+ice, peter+berce, terry+mercury, the+fourth+period, the+point, the+power+play, the+war+room
Since the season is just several days away, I decided to see why Mr. Thistel has such high hopes for the Blueshirts.
PH: Back in your season preview for the Rangers on NHL Home Ice, it sounded like you have high hopes for the Rangers this season. Why is that?
JT: What’s not to be optimistic about? One of the game’s top goalies, a Stanley Cup winner behind the bench, a young and talented batch of home grown talent that’s prepared to blossom as players and leaders, and the top free agent of the off-season in Brad Richards…someone who will fit perfectly into the fabric of this team without any disruption or change in team philosophy. So, yes…I like the team very much this season.
PH: How much of a difference do you think Brad Richards will make to this year’s Rangers’ team?
JT: He will make a big difference, although subtle. He’s not a free agent that will bust open your lineup like Kovalchuk could have done and he’s not going to carry a team on his back any time soon. But he’ll be an asset in every situation and bring quiet confidence to a very talented group. Plus, he’s the type of guy that can pay double dividends if he can get Gaborik ignited – which is a real possibility.
I was just listening to the great Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice and heard from the boss himself, Joe Thistel, that there are going to be a few changes made to both the NHL Home Ice programming and NHL Network programming.
For starters, NHL Live will no longer be heard on NHL Home Ice as it has found a home on the NHL Network from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST. In its usual 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. time slot on NHL Home Ice, Gord Stellick, former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and now a terrific sports radio host, will have his own show. Stellick has done some guest hosting this season on the Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s and has done a terrific job along with Scott Laughlin.
Speaking of the Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s, the show will no longer be on the NHL Network from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST as NHL Live has now taken over that slot. If you are a listener of NHL Home Ice, have no fear because Scott Laughlin will still be doing the show and providing us with excellent hockey content on a daily basis.
These may not sound like big changes but for NHL Home Ice, it certainly is as it has been carrying NHL Live for quite awhile. With that said, NHL Home Ice is by far and away one of the top sports channels on XM/Sirius and does a terrific job of bringing us puck heads all-around great hockey content 24/7.
Joe was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on concussions and what the NHL is doing about them as well as his thoughts on the playoff races.
PH: How do you think the NHL will handle the concussion issue now that some rules have been put in place? Do you think they’ll work?
JT: Nothing really seems to be effective for any duration, so I guess it will work until the next time somebody crosses the line. Heatley and Marchand were suspended as the GM meetings wrapped up. But I applaud everything that the NHL is doing to try and curb the situation as best they can. They can’t, nor should they, ever take hitting out of the game so the next best thing is to levy extra punishment for the crime and take steps to deal with safety concerns. It’s really always going to be up to the players to figure it out on their own, but that’s not going to happen, period.
PH: How was the All-Star Weekend experience as a whole?
JT: Meeting the fans in Carolina was one of the most positive experiences of my tenure at XM. They were polite, knowledgeable, forthcoming and very appreciative of our channel and how much we put into it. 10 out of 10 for the people of Raleigh.
PH: What did you folks think of the All-Star Fantasy draft? What did you like about it? Do you think the league will implement it again next season?
JT: The Fantasy Draft is here to stay and I have to admit it was a lot more fun and interesting than I ever thought it would be. I agree with some of the NHL brass when it comes to the last few picks though. There must be a better way to get to the final picks, maybe alphabetically for the last six players…they’re all forwards anyhow. I hated seeing Phil Kessel sitting there by himself. He’ll get over it, but I think it was unnecessary.
As you are all well aware of by now, I am a big fan of NHL Home Ice. I’m a big supporter of the hosts, the shows and the content they produce on a daily basis.
With that in mind, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to bring the man behind it all - Joe Thistel. Mr. Thistel was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to give his thoughts on the NHL season, which he reminded me one-third of the way through as of tonight.
PH: So, we are at the one third point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
JT: Generally speaking, I think defence is winning out over offence. It was just a matter of time before the coaches figured it out, but goaltending, shot-blocking and video tape have brought us back to where we were before the lock-out – or at least we’re heading that way in a hurry. The game may look different going up and down the ice than it did in 2004, but the results are becoming eerily similar. Just check out the number of shut-outs we’re seeing in this offensively revamped NHL.
PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
JT: Atlanta is the flavour of the month – a few weeks ago it was St. Louis and last year it was Phoenix and Colorado. That could change with a five game losing streak of course, but you have to be impressed with the way they’ve put this squad together and how hard they work for each other game in and out. Andrew Ladd and Dustin Bufyglien came from a Championship team, sure. But Anthony Stewart was plucked off a scrap heap, the goaltending was a question mark and Craig Ramsay wasn’t supposed to be able to relate to the kids or the game as its now being played. He’s the Coach of the Year so far – and his boss, Rick Dudley, is at the top of the list of team Executives. As far as players go, nobody could have predicted the resurgence and brilliant play of Tim Thomas.