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Meet Mike Milbury

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In his garden, he is “Mellow Mike.” He and his family, including nine grandchildren, will soon enjoy the annual summer yield of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, arugula, oregano, and basil from his quiet Needham backyard. All 100 percent organically fed.

When the harvest arrives, he mused, “You know what you’re eating for a few weeks.”...

At the end of July, if all goes according to plan, the NBC hockey team will report to its Stamford, Conn., studio. Milbury expects the broadcast to emanate from there, with drastically reduced staffing and social distancing, though it’s possible they could travel for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. NESN commentator Andy Brickley said for as long as the league allows local coverage, he expects to broadcast from Watertown.

“It might be six games a day for the first couple weeks,” Milbury said. “It’ll be nonstop hockey, that’s for sure.”

He doesn’t expect the Bruins to be lagging behind.

“I was talking with [assistant coach] Joe Sacco, and he was saying how their practices are short, and the pace is so high. This group is really good in the gym. They know how to take care of themselves. That’s a big factor.”

Milbury, like his first NHL coach, Don Cherry, is not stingy with his opinions. He is the object of Internet snark, from his time running the “Fish Sticks” Islanders and the infamous MSG shoe incident. If you’re a longtime Bruins fan, you may remember him as a hard-nosed guy from Walpole (and Brighton) who went the whole way in a Spoked-B. In the early ’80s, he also was the lone dissenting voice among players in a battle with powerful agent/NHLPA head Alan Eagleson.

“Mike was never afraid to sell himself,” Rick Middleton said, noting Milbury was one of the first whistleblowers against the later-disgraced Eagleson. “Never afraid to step into an [expletive] storm, and never afraid to open his mouth, whether he could back it up or not.”

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Video- The Calls Of Chris Cuthbert

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

With Chris Cuthbert returning to Hockey Night In Canada, we decided to count down his greatest play by play calls of all-time.


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Report- Next NHL TV Contract May Be Delayed

from Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing,

It doesn’t appear that we’re going to be learning the NHL’s next television home until sometime in 2021.

According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, the NHL is halting all negotiations regarding its next rights deal until the end of 2020. More specifically, they’re waiting for the NFL to get their rights deals done. To date, the NFL has only re-upped with Amazon for another three years, while ESPN (expiring after the 2021 season), CBS, Fox, and NBC (all of which expire after the 2022 season) have still not been renewed. All (understandably) want to remain in business with the NFL going forward.


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Chris Cuthbert Joins Sportsnet

June 5, 2020 – One of the best in the business is coming on board as Sportsnet welcomes award-winning broadcaster – and one of the country’s most recognizable hockey voices – Chris Cuthbert to the Sportsnet family.

Bringing more than 30 years of broadcast excellence, an undeniable passion for the game and an unwavering dedication to Canadian viewers to the network, Chris is set to join the NHL on Sportsnet team as play-by-play announcer upon the league’s return to play.

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Broadcasts Of Games Will Look And Sound Different

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

If and when the NHL is able to return from COVID-19 and the current rioting, Commissioner Gary Bettman has promised hockey fans that you are going to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV like you have never watched them before.

“You have to see what you can do that will be a little different. I mean, one of the things our head of events and content Steve Mayer is focusing on when it comes to playing without fans is ‘What do we do so the experience conveys itself well on television?’” said Bettman.

“The number of things we have to check the boxes on other than simply playing is off the charts.”

The NHL is planning the TV presentation with the network people with the idea that, if nothing else, empty-seat games provide opportunity.

There’s unlimited choice, for example, where to place the TV cameras and the number of them that you’d be able to use would be virtually unlimited.

Then there’s sound.


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Thoughts On Hockey Broadcasts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

For example, Sportsnet is considering three options.

The first is a telecast sent to every market with generic graphics provided at the rink and announcers on-site. These might not be my regular Sportsnet teammates. Instead, they might be NBC announcers or, if the games are in Carolina, John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

The second option is what’s called “taking a split.” Each market still takes the world feed, but — if allowed on-site — can supplement it with their own truck. That would allow for on-site talent, graphics and possibly an extra camera or two they could control.

And the third option is a “clean” feed sent to everyone — national and local. No graphics, no commentators. Each team’s crew could add their own “look” at their production facilities, with the action called off a monitor. My guess is that’s the most likely scenario.

“We’re all looking at what model makes sense for everybody,” Corte says.

Okay, but once that’s decided, how will the broadcasts look, sound and feel?

“We are discussing everything. From virtual crowds to how we will shoot the game differently. Traditionally, when something happens in the game, producers are looking for reactions. In the crowd, on the benches, on the ice. Now we won’t have the fan element. Gives us the opportunity to look at new camera positions. Can we increase the complement of robotic cameras? This allows us more cameras with less operators. Can we mount more of them?”

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NHL Broadcasts Will Be Different

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The MVP of the next NHL game might be the audio technician in the broadcast truck with his or her finger on the trigger of the bleep button.

Because if and when the NHL resumes, the telecast may not look all that different, but it will definitely sound different without fans in the arena.

“It’s going to be unavoidable,” said TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, who sees and hears a lot of the chatter from his spot between the benches on broadcasts. “I think there are going to be things that fans are going to hear that are both good and bad. You’ll notice players yell ‘reverse’ and you’ll hear and see players’ instincts jumping the play.

“But you’re also going to hear some things you don’t like. A lot of fans tell me they want more access to what's said, but it’s like Jack Nicholson on the stand in A Few Good Men when he says, ‘You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!’ For some fans, there is going to be swearing to a point that they won’t like it.”


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Local NHL Announcers Ranking

from Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing,

Alright, for the final time for the next few months, our readers have voted, I’ve tallied those votes, and we have a new set of fan-generated announcer rankings. Today’s ranking covers the local NHL broadcasters for the 2019-20 season, and we had just over 14,000 votes submitted in total, coming out to an average of more than 460 per team.

If I missed listing an analyst or used an unflattering screengrab, I apologize. I especially apologize for any errors with the Canadian broadcasters, because man oh man those teams were difficult to compile and screengrab.

continued, the Bruins finished last and the Stars first...

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Morning Line- Ken Campbell

And last, but certainly not least, instead of airing the 1993 Western Conference final when the Toronto Maple Leafs almost came close to winning something, why not show the last time they actually did win something? Oh, they actually didn’t have the technology to televise games back then? Never mind.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read about the classic games being televised these days.

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John Kelly Feeling Much Better

from Don Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I feel very good,” he said. “I have been past it for a couple weeks.”

Kelly, 59, called the Blues’ last game before the NHL joined the global virus-fueled shutdown of almost all sports. That was on March 11, in Anaheim, Calif. He returned with the team to St. Louis the next day. Then the following day, a Friday, his health had declined to the point he headed to an urgent care facility. The diagnosis: “A virus that would pass,” Kelly said.

But his condition continued to deteriorate and he returned to the urgent care clinic that Monday.

“They did a chest X-ray and discovered my pneumonia and tested me for coronavirus,” Kelly said. “They gave me a breathing treatment there and sent me home with an inhaler and some antibiotics. That was the low point.”

He also was tested for coronavirus, but it took 11 days before he received word that he had tested positive.


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