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STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the 2016 NHL Draft this Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with an exclusive presentation of the first round from First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. Coverage begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute NHL Draft Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN. In addition, NBCSN will also provide live coverage of the 2016 NHL Awards tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.
2016 NHL DRAFT – FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Liam McHugh will host coverage alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire and NHL Insiders Bob McKenzie and Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage from the floor of First Niagara Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger will handle reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.
NHL Network’s 2016 NHL Draft Coverage:
NHL Network will have on-site Draft coverage on Friday and Saturday, with Brian Boucher, EJ Hradek, Brian Lawton, Dave Reid and Steve Mears among the group in Buffalo.
NHL Network’s coverage will start on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET with a two-hour preview show, followed by an hour-long recap show after Round 1 is completed.
On Saturday, Rounds 2-7 of the Draft will air on NHL Network starting at 10:00 a.m. ET, hosted by Tony Luftman, Brian Boucher, Brian Lawton and Dave Reid. We’ll have four set locations at the First Niagara Center, one of which will include analysis from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and John Shannon. NHL Network also interviewed scouts from throughout the NHL for a feature called “Scout Speak,” with intel and research on dozens of prospects.
After 2 days talking to Rogers employees about Ron MacLean and other changes coming (on Monday, they think) one thing was loud and clear.
In hockey dept., morale could not be any worse. I knew it wasn't great but depth of despair among some surprised me. They expect the worst.
-via David Shoalts tweets.
from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,
Hockey is not thriving in this country.
Wait. What’s the opposite of thriving? Floundering? Flailing? Wallowing in existential despair? That’s what hockey feels like these days. It’s as if our national sport is now on life support, unable to exhale the same passion and interest it once did from coast to coast to coast.
So if changes are coming to Hockey Night in Canada, as the Star’s Dave Feschuk reported Monday in a front-page story, you can’t blame the execs at Rogers for rolling the dice while fighting a blinding urge to guzzle Pepto-Bismol straight from the Stanley Cup....
Even if Rogers plays musical host chairs and swaps out George Stroumboulopoulos for the return of Ron MacLean, which is what sources told Feschuk, this alone won’t mitigate the growing perception that watching hockey is now about as thrilling as attending a spelling bee in a language you don’t understand.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season, sources tell the Star.
His replacement will be the man he replaced. Industry insiders say Ron MacLean is expected to return to the show’s No. 1 seat just two seasons after Stroumboulopoulos was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights. Prior to that, MacLean occupied the job from 1986 until 2014. Since then, he has hosted Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts and worked Saturdays alongside Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. It’s expected he will continue those roles in addition to resuming the main HNIC hosting gig — the highest-profile position in Canadian sports broadcasting.
The ouster of Stroumboulopoulos marks a strategic about-face for Rogers, which sublicenses Hockey Night in Canada to CBC. In 2014, executives remade the iconic Saturday night show while speaking of the need to bring it to a younger demographic.
“We want to get a new breed of Canadian fans that get passionate about the games,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, told reporters after Stroumboulopoulos’s hiring was announced in 2014. “I think George does that.
TORONTO (June 6, 2016) Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration is back, with Sportsnet and Scotiabank announcing that Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will land in Kenora, ON for its 17th annual edition on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
via the CP at Sportsnet,
Don Cherry is returning to “Hockey Night in Canada” for another season.
Rogers executive Scott Moore tells The Canadian Press that the 82-year-old Cherry has agreed to a one-year contract.
The opinionated commentator’s current two-year deal expires at the end of the playoffs.
In 2013, Rogers signed a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal for NHL rights in Canada.
They took a ratings hit this spring, however, when no Canadian team made the playoffs.
Moore hinted there could be changes coming in the wake of the low-rated playoff run, saying "you tweak as you go."
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean breakdown the matchup between the Penguins and the Sharks, including game 2’s decisive and controversial faceoff.
from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable,
Without a team from Chicago, New York or Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2011, Seth Winter, executive VP of sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group, knew heading into the final round that it was going to be tough to come close to last season’s record viewership that averaged 5.6 million viewers for the six game series....
Winter says while the lack of a major market city team may hold down the ratings, the NHL audience has still been an attractive one for marketers who want to reach millennial men.
“The NHL has one of the youngest, most upscale audiences among all the sports." And he adds, it’s been an “attractive environment for auto advertisers.”
Lexus, Mercedes, GM, Chevy and Chrysler are among the auto advertisers, along with official sponsor Honda, who have bought time during the season and into the playoffs.
Other strong categories throughout the season and playoffs have been quick service restaurants, insurance, and technology.
Despite the soft Final ratings, Winter says the hockey season on the NBCU networks as a whole “has been very good once again,” adding that “we have already generated a lot of advertiser renewals for next season.”
TORONTO (May 26, 2016) Eighty-two regular season games played. Twelve postseason battles won. Now, only four wins separate the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins from capturing the Holy Grail of hockey, and Sportsnet is game-ready to deliver every moment of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
The battle for the Stanley Cup begins on Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT as the Penguins host the Sharks in Game 1. Fans can catch every game of the Stanley Cup Final on CBC and OMNI Television, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and stream online via Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. (See below for full broadcast details)
Sportsnet’s 2016 Stanley Cup Final full coverage details are as follows:
Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro have made watching the World Championship games more enjoyable in my opinion.
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