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Tele-conference with all the networks involved with the NHL and John Shannon of the NHL.
Q. John, on the increased times. The commercial time-outs are going to be two minutes now? JOHN SHANNON: Yeah. What we've tried to do -- and this probably affects the network people probably less than the regional people, because most of the network contracts have always called for that kind of time. But what we're trying to do is with the hurry up game, games that are running 2 hours 10, 2 hours and 11 minutes, we have to start developing the opportunity to grow the profiles of the players. What we've been able to put in place with the great cooperation of Hockey Operations, and as a request from our rights holders across the board, is two minutes of commercials, but only 90 seconds of actual commercial time which will allow for nine opportunities per game to tell stories. And then in the inter missions, we've done across the board for the 1284 games, 17-minute intermissions, which again will allow the broadcasters at both the national and regional level to be able to produce features and better content to profile the players. Q. The commercial intermissions were 15 minutes in the past? JOHN SHANNON: It depended. Again, on the regional basis, whether it's Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, or Montréal, on a regional basis they were 15 minutes. On a Saturday night with CBC or TSN, they were 17. So what we've done is we've tried to make it a level playing field for everybody so that -- we have to realize that over a thousand of our games, with all due respect to the networks, a thousand of our games and our entry point to the games for many viewers is through our local shows. We have to start giving our local shows an opportunity to grow the players and tell better stories.
The National Hockey League (NHL) will turn some of its brightest players into TV stars when Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Cheechoo, Peter Forsberg and Marty Turco hit the ice for a campaign to support the 2006-07 season, which begins Oct. 4 with games on Versus (formerly OLN). The humorous ads show NHL players reminding average people who are going about their daily activities that the season has started. In his spot, Cheechoo is seen in full uniform on a surfboard reminding other surfers about the NHL season. Forsberg shows up in uniform in the bedroom of a couple getting ready for bed. When the woman asks Forsberg to “get the light” he smashes it with his hockey stick.
The NHL games scheduled for Comcast customers is now up. It does appear you must be a high speed Comcast subscriber in order to view the games.
Brian Gionta will be ready for the start of the NHL season. The Greece native has agreed on terms on a new 3 year contract with the New Jersey Devils worth approximately 12 million dollars.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
With the new NHL season upon us, everyone including your friendly neighborhood plumber is predicting who will skate off with that big silver Cup next June. I, however, see lots of interesting things happening in the meantime: Team taking the biggest swan dive in the standings: Red Wings. After racking up 58 wins and 124 points, the Wings were a whopping 11 points better than Ottawa in the battle for the President's Trophy last season. But Detroit's ball, which has been up in the air for more than a decade, is heading back down to earth. Too many greybeards and fringe NHLers mean the Wings will be lucky to finish sixth in the West.continued
from My Kawartha,
Coaches have their own language.... The following are some of the more popular turns-of-phrase used by hockey coaches once the notebook is displayed or the video camera is switched on. Like I said, keep it handy and you’ll be sure not to miss a thing this hockey season. • He gives 110 per cent: A reference to a player giving 10 per cent more than 100 per cent. That’s a lot. We can safely assume if a player gave 100 per cent, he really only gave 90 per cent with 10 per cent added on for some reason. • He’s good without the puck: Where? At home? On the street? A reference to a player’s ability to have an impact when not handling the puck. Being good with the puck is preferable for all involved.more
By Alanah Downie I'll open this on a very sad note today. Mike at the Ottawa Sports Blog wrote a bit last week about the recent death of a hockey blogger, Canadian Armed Forces Infantry Captain (ret.) Thomas DeChastelain, of Sens Watch* (*site has been removed): "On the web, blogs can take on a life of their own; it's easy to forget sometimes that each blog is connected to a person. A shocking and sad event like this is a jolting reminder." Please take a moment to read more at the link above.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
As we embark on this new NHL season, let us send warm wishes, kind regards and words of advice to those who will shortly entertain, beguile and perplex us. To Dominik Hasek: Varicose veins are so in right now. To Brendan Shanahan: people in NYC aren’t big on Irish men who fight.more
I encourage NHL fans, especially KK members and guests to make a few phone calls.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Suffice to say, the natives are restless. The natives, in this case, are NHL general managers who aren't happy with how New Jersey Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello has apparently extricated himself from a salary cap conundrum that, at one point, looked as though it might cause him to gut his team.continued
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