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I now get to do my job alongside Ron MacLean, and he is the most generous broadcaster I have ever had the opportunity to work with. He’s so accomplished and naturally gifted. And he sees me as a peer, as someone he trusts, even though I’m so much more junior than he is. To me, that defines true leadership.”
-Tara Slone, co-host of Hometown Hockey. More on and from Sloan at Canadian Business.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2016 – NBC Sports rings in the new year with a pair of outdoor NHL Classics, highlighted by NBC’s annual presentation of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, when Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues host Patrick Kane and the rival Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, January 2, at 3 p.m. ET.
In addition to the NHL Winter Classic, NBC presents a clash of young American NHL stars on New Year’s Day at 3 p.m. ET in the NHL Centennial Classic, when rookie sensation Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings at BMO Field in Toronto. The NHL Centennial Classic represents the start of the league’s year-long Centennial celebration.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
While the NHL has made great strides in getting its games on dozens of digital platforms, a significant majority of fans are still watching games primarily on cable TV, according to a Yahoo Sports/YouGov survey of hockey fans in the U.S.
When asked which option best represents the way they watch NHL games, 56 percent of hockey fans in the U.S. said that they watch “live on cable TV.”
That said, there are a significant amount of cord cutters: The next highest answer was “streaming through an Internet connected device connected to my TV” at 12 percent.
Nine percent of all fans said they most often watch games in-person as the arena.
Here’s a breakdown of the answers, including some demographic ones:
Prior to their game against the Panthers, the Rangers honor broadcaster Sam Rosen for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
STAMFORD, Conn. — November 11, 2016 — NBC Sports Regional Networks and its National Hockey League (NHL) team partners are now offering live, local streaming of games, as well as NHL pre- and postgame coverage. The new streaming offering is available without any additional costs to subscribers of NBC Sports Group’s CSN regional sports networks (RSNs), through participating providers. This regional initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
As yet another NHL season unfolds, Cole has published his memoirs. Now I’m Catching On (Viking) was written with fellow Rogers employee Stephen Brunt, a former Globe and Mail columnist, who captures Cole’s voice. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is some sort of swan song. Cole is the kind of guy who thinks Vin Scully took early retirement when he made his final broadcast last month at the age of 89.
“I haven’t thought about retirement. Ever,” Cole said. “It never occurred to me. It’s part of my life. If you took it away from me there would be a void for sure. What would I do?”
Right now, Cole isn’t doing much aside from book interviews and calling games on Hockey Night. He tore the meniscus in his one good knee on Monday (his other knee is a replacement job installed years ago) while he was fishing for Atlantic salmon in Labrador. He is getting around with the help of a cane but expects to be fishing again before too long.
Cole’s life-long passion for fishing is just one of the many aspects of his life, which most people do not know about, revealed in the book. He’s never been one to talk about himself publicly, preferring to fly to his assignment from his native St. John’s on a Friday, call the game on Saturday and fly home on Sunday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NHL Network, the TV home for the National Hockey League, launched today in Sling TV’s “Sports Extra,” still $5 per month with a Sling Orange subscription, or $10 per month with a Sling Blue subscription. Today’s launch on Sling TV marks the first time that NHL Network is available by an over-the-top provider.
via David Shoalts tweets,
Sportsnet VP Rob Corte says won't see as much of the high-tech doo-dads like using pucks to call up stats or guys with sticks on glass rink.
The emphasis will be on "our panel, our stars and stories of the game," Corte said. "More story-telling."
Top of mind for all Sportsnet hockey producers, VP Corte says, "Is how best to present the story." Expect more features on players.
Hockey news gets more attention. @FriedgeHNIC becomes regular on Wednesday panel and will do Headlines on Saturday with @RealKyper.
Also, expect to see more of @reporterchris @JSportsnet plus @FriedgeHNIC on broadcasts as well as Hockey Central.
Wednesday panelists will be @darenmillard @DougMaclean and @FriedgeHNIC.
Big winner with departure of @mike_p_johnson as analyst on No. 2 team is @LouDeBrusk. He steps up to be the analyst for 2nd Saturday game.
Back to Saturday nights. More emphasis on the west in 2nd game. @ScottOake becomes permanent host at 2nd game venue. @DavidAmber in studio.
@ScottOake will do some interviews for 1st Sat game but will focus on 2nd game. Also will host revived After Hours following 2nd game.
Also, expect to see more @SNChrisSimpson on the early Saturday games.
there could be more so check out the recent tweets from David Shoalts...
Sportsnet did their annual opening night montage last night which you can watch here.
Just to make it clear, Sporstnet has removed the embed code to post videos and has also removed the ability to automatically tweet any video from the NHL video section.
A week ago I did contact Sportsnet about this change and their response was, "forwarded your note to our Digital Team and they are looking into this."
Nothing has changed at this point but hopefully it will.
LOS ANGELES – Four veteran play-by-play announcers will work Kings telecasts this season on FOX Sports West as Bob Miller, the club’s Hall of Fame broadcaster, takes a reduced on-air role with the club for the first time.
As announced last month, Miller returns to the FOX Sports West booth for his 44th season and the Kings’ 50th Anniversary as he calls 58 games. For the 17 games Miller is not slated to work, Gary Thorne (eight games), Chris Cuthbert (four games), Ralph Strangis (four games) and Jiggs McDonald (one game) will call the action alongside TV Analyst Jim Fox. McDonald, who served as the club’s very first broadcaster in 1967, will now have called an LA Kings game in their first year and again during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The game-by-game schedule is listed below.
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