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The New Voices

from Chris Peters of ESPN,

In the United States, there are only 24 -- soon to be 25 when Seattle enters the NHL -- television play-by-play jobs on the various regional networks, and only six of those gigs have changed hands in the past five years. Those numbers will start to grow in the near future, but there's simply not a lot of turnover. The average time TV broadcasters have spent with their current teams is 14 years, and nine have careers spanning more than 20 years with the same club. Several others have spent time in multiple booths.

The broadcasting post is one that can often be romanticized by fans. That singular voice can bridge generations, trigger the pangs of nostalgia and establish a tangible relationship with the viewer that is difficult to break. But time remains undefeated, and an older generation of NHL broadcaster is slowly moving on....

As the experienced broadcasters move on, another generation is getting an opportunity to land highly-coveted seats in the booth. It often takes years of stops and starts, and the timing usually has to break just right. Three of the league's newest broadcasters had very different paths, landing behind an NHL mic before age 40. Here's a look at how some of the young talented voices in the NHL got to where they are today.

Brendan Burke, the young journeyman

If you've seen Burke calling NHL games for the Islanders on MSG Networks and occasional national games with NBC Sports Network, you might think he came out of nowhere. At 35, he is especially young in broadcasting years. But make no mistake, he has paid his dues before reaching the big time....


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Video- No Matter How It Sounds, It Is Still A Goal

Goal calls in different languages.


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Video- HNIC Opening Toronto/Montreal

Dick Irwin Jr narrates.

via Sportsnet,


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Tonight Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- every shot you take should be intended to score, go to the net. The Sony Milano recent goal and the play of the St. Louis Blues.  And first goals in the NHL.

Also, no effort from the dman, still icing.  Plus a few more topics including recent fights.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,


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HNIC And The Leafs

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Obviously, the column on Hockey Night in Canada and its slavish devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs had struck a nerve. And while at least half the letters were from fans of the Canadiens, there were substantial responses from another Canadian NHL cities, especially Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The verdict? People outside Toronto are mad as hell. They have no choice but to go on taking it from Rogers, Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and (to a lesser extent) TSN — but they aren’t happy about it.

Hockey Night in Canada, it’s clear, has become one of the things that divide us.

Of the letters I received, 95 per cent were positive. Without exception, the negative letters came from Leaf fans, divided equally between attempts at an articulate defence of the HNIC approach and the inevitable “your a idiot” letters from charter members of Ford Nation.

The conclusion? Fans across the country are very angry with HNIC and they have three main complaints:

First, viewers across the country hate the Maple Leafs 24/7 approach in which the Leafs can do no wrong, even when (see Auston Matthews) they pretty clearly have done wrong. It’s not only Montreal — if anything, fans in Edmonton and Vancouver seem even more disenchanted with HNIC.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

During Coach’s Corner, Ron & Don spoke about how Mike Smith is a key reason to the early success of the Edmonton Oilers. They also spoke touched on Bo Horvat’s parents and how his father remembered hearing his son’s name for the first time on the show.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include- Well-dressed men, bank passes by the Canadiens tonight, player of the night gettin awarded post-game, are the Leafs tough enough and Tavares is a target.

Very cruel to bench Jason Spezza on opening night plus Edmonton needed a player like Mike Smith.

And a mention of attitudes in MLB compared to hockey players.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,


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The Changes At Sportsnet

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Bob Cole, Bob McCown, Nick Kypreos, John Shannon and more.

There’s an impressive list of sports broadcasters who are not broadcasting sports at the moment after massive changes at Sportsnet, which has reached the halfway point of a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal for national rights to the NHL.

Asked recently about the moves — with the hockey and radio ratings seasons now underway — new Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley made no apologies.

“You know, I’d rather focus on the future,” said Yabsley, the successor to Scott Moore, who stepped down a year ago. “Those guys are quality people, good broadcasters and true pros. That’s about all I want to say about those guys.”


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NHL Hockey Returns To NBCSN Wednesday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2019 – NBC Sports NHL commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Patrick Sharp (analyst), as well as executive producer Sam Flood, previewed the upcoming 2019-20 NHL regular season on a media conference call yesterday, Sept. 30.

NBC Sports drops the puck on the 2019-20 NHL season tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly and the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues host Alex Ovechkin and the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on NBCSN’s NHL Face-Off. Coverage continues at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights take on Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas.

Pre-game coverage starts with a special 90-minute edition of NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp and Bob McKenzie.

Following are excerpts from Monday’s media conference call. Click here for the full transcript.

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Afternoon Line- Chris Cuthbert

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