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from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,
THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)
Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).
What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.
more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...
Sophia Jurksztowicz and the GAMEPLUS crew go behind-the-scenes and between-the-benches with Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy at the Air Canada Centre.
from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.
The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. Then the pain hit. And the pain medication followed, which Jeanneret was told was “20 times stronger than heroin.”
In all, there were 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks. He stopped eating solid foods Aug. 15 and just recently resumed. He lost 43 pounds.
“Even though they tell you what’s going to happen, it’s the unknown,” he says.
“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed a few topics including the future of Mike Babcock and hockey players are tough.
One of those broadcasting moments.
Topics discussed tonight from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean-
Discussed the first period of Toronto/Vancouver then the next topic was the Keith Ballard hit on Corey Perry last night.
Then the play of Michael Hutchinson and Bryan Little for Winnipeg was touched on then the Edmonton Oilers situation was brought up.
Don Cherry then talked about Jean Beliveau.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Rogers Communications Inc. is off to a slow start in the quest to win its $5.2-billion gamble on NHL hockey.
After eight weeks, the ratings results for NHL games on Rogers’ various networks plus the CBC are mixed compared to last year – up slightly for the Eastern games on Saturday nights, down significantly for the Western games on Saturday, up nicely on Wednesdays and disappointing on Sundays.
According to the ratings compiled by Numeris, the primary audience measurement company in Canada, the average audience for Hockey Night In Canada’s Eastern games on Saturday nights through Nov. 22 was 2,184,000 people. That is an increase of 17,000 viewers from the same period in 2013, which is 1 per cent. The average audience for the later Western games on Saturdays was 860,000, down 17 per cent from 1,032,000 last year.
20 Questions from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.
Early in your broadcasting career, you told a reporter: “You can’t be Don Cherry, you can’t be Harry Neale.” Who did Glenn Healy turn out to be?
GH: Honest. I think the fans deserve it. In this country, they are so educated about our game, our sport. And they deserve some honesty. I’m not going to show up to a game with a ‘Captain Obvious’ hat on.
The green men in Vancouver, John Tortorella, Roberto Luongo, Alexander Ovechkin and his mother: Is there a criticism you’ve made on air that you would take back?
GH: [pauses for 10 seconds] Um, no. No. No. No. You can’t stick a crotch in a guy’s face in the penalty box, can you? Was I wrong about Tortorella? No. And you know, quite frankly, I met the Green Men after, and the one thing I said to them is: ‘Don’t let anyone know who you are, because if they find out who you are, you’ll never get hired.’ Like, job qualification? ‘I stick my crotch in another man’s face.’ Sorry. Doesn’t work.
First the goals...
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Don Cherry and Ron MacLean brought up a few stories on Pat Quinn then moved on to the problems in Edmonton.
Icing was the next topic then they questioned a tripping call in OT last night.
The play of Bobby Ryan was up next then a look at the Vancouver Canucks.
Final topics were Lanny McDonad talking about Don Cherry and a salute to serviceman.
Remember the NHL did change the tripping call this season, you can read the rule below...
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