Kukla's Korner Hockey
The older I get, the better I was. I was fortunate to be on an Oyster River High School soccer team that was at the tail end of a dynasty (we went 96 straight regular season games without a loss) and we made it to the state championship game in two of my last three years in school. I played soccer at UNH before I had a Joe Theismann-type broken leg... came back for one more season, but was a shadow of what I was... and it got me into broadcasting purely by happenstance. It all worked out OK, and the lessons learned from soccer help me with hockey concepts every game.
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A summary of the Hotstove talk from last night... P.J. Stock takes a look at Craig Anderson, Elliotte Friedman talked coaching jobs including Patrick Roy in Colorado, Glenn Healy talked about the NHL participating in the Olympics with things looingk very positive and the last topic was the $100,000 fine Doug Wilson was hit with but why wasn't George McPhee?
Hockey Night in Canada does such a great job with their montages before each playoff game,
Here is the montage before game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series.
Topics discussed were Dion Phaneuf, Bobby Orr, Montreal/Ottawa and Chicago/Minnesota.
from Micael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
“I’ve worked for them all, NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, CBC … and I loved them all,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, a Hall of Fame broadcaster. “The one thing they have in common is people who love hockey and want to convey that passion. Sam Flood and the NBC guys, they’ve taken full ownership. It has never been better.”
Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, is the son of a hockey coach and a former college hockey player. His mission has been to take the raw appeal of a so-called niche sport and translate it to a wider audience. To that end, he has been part of such innovations as the Winter Classic and Wednesday Night Rivalry, and he is credited for sticking Pierre McGuire behind the glass, for good or ill.
Since the Comcast-NBC merger, Flood said, “All the hockey content has come under one roof and we have the ability to create a common template and send the same message: There is a passion and enjoyment people get from this game, and it is unlike any other. We want hockey players to become as big a stars in the U.S. as they are in Canada. We can’t equal the NFL in this country, but we can expand it
The NHL is not the most enlightened enterprise, not when it locks out once every decade, eschews meaningful revenue sharing, shelters foundering franchises and imports officials from ancient Byzantium. Yet, credit must be given where it is due, and the NHL is shaping up well on the NBC Sports networks. One might even say that it is better off on NBC than in some dark corner of Bristol. Boo yah.
"I'm an anti-Hab? Am I really? I suppose I take that as a compliment. They're crazy. I can tell you that right now. That's nuts. I've been through the Edmonton years, and I loved it, and the Islanders years, and that was great. And then Boston with Bobby (Orr) and the rest of them. The Canadiens, The Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio. They came down and visited Newfoundland and we went fishing together. Are you kidding? There's no way I can favour one team. I do the games. And I get excited. I love it.
"Those people are way out in left field. No way. Can't be done. I couldn't do it."
-Bob Cole of Hockey Night in Canada when asked if he or the CBC might have an anti-Habs bias. More on this topic from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette.
Don Cherry talked about the Leafs/Bruins first period, the on-ice officials from the Montreal/Ottawa game last night, the San Jose Sharks, the Islanders and the goalie situation in Vancouver.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
On some nights, it seems to slice into the very fabric of the country. Canadians, watching the same broadcast, hear two very different voices. Some hear a man lost, wandering two steps behind the play, in a game that has passed him by. Others evangelize the voice of a legend.
And now, in the age of Twitter, it is possible to watch the two sides fight in real time.
They fight over Bob Cole.
A long-time lead announcer for Hockey Night in Canada, Cole made his playoff debut in Montreal on Thursday, calling Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final between the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators. Garry Galley was his colour analyst.
Don Cherry with the female reporter in the dressing room topic plus he reviewed the 1st period of the Bruins/Leafs game and a few plays from the games on Tuesday night.
Ron MacLean of HNIC with a story on the dressing room issue,
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