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from Robin Short of The Telegram,
Bob Cole has been calling National Hockey League games since 1969, but long before he reached the NHL, Cole was honing his craft while broadcasting games in Newfoundland. Robin Short writes that Cole, whose memoir is being launched today, is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen....
The Hockey Night in Canada Hall of Fame broadcaster speaks of painting a picture for the listeners and viewers, reminding the audience the Canadiens are in the red jerseys skating from left to right, the Leafs dressed in white.
It’s the stuff he learned from the great Foster Hewitt.
“Flow, that’s the word,” Cole writes. “Foster said, ‘Feel and flow.’ I use that now when I talk to guys about broadcasting.
“You’ve got to smell it. You’ve got to feel the game.”
Perhaps it’s entirely coincidental, but the brilliant Vin Scully called it a career last weekend after 67 years talking Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. Four days later, Cole — who will enter his 48th winter behind the mike doing NHL games — has the book release.
Using that parameter to draw a comparison between the two is perhaps a stretch, so instead we’ll get down to brass tacks: like Scully, who called the summer pastime like no one else, Cole is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen.
Better than Hewitt. Better than Danny Gallivan.
October 4, 2016 - With the 2016 - 2017 NHL season set to begin in eight days, NHL Network today announced it will expand its live weekday studio programming with a new show, NHL Now, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by E.J. Hradek, Steve Mears and new NHL Network host Michelle McMahon, NHL Now will originate from two different NHL Network studios and make its debut on the opening night of the season, Wednesday, October 12.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, explains what Hockey Night in Canada means to him.
TORONTO (September 30, 2016) O Canada! Hockey continues to reign supreme across the country, both on and off the ice, as 15.5 million people – more than 1 in 3 Canadians – watched some part of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament, which ended last night in spectacular fashion with Team Canada being crowned World Cup champion.
Last night’s hard-fought Game 2 Final delivered an average audience of 2.27 million viewers (2+), with more than 7.5 million Canadians tuning in to some part of the broadcast to see Team Canada come from behind with two goals late in the third period to defeat Team Europe, 2-1.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:
"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."
Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@
Saturday night is the night you fell for hockey.
TORONTO (Sept. 17, 2016) – Television networks serving more than 200 countries and territories across six continents will provide live game coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Several of these agreements are with broadcasters in countries receiving World Cup of Hockey coverage for the first time, including China.
ESPN’s championship caliber commentator team begins coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when Team USA faces Team Europe in group play. The top team of Steve Levy and Barry Melrose will call the action. ESPN’s John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will call their first tournament game at 8 p.m. that night when Team Czech Republic faces off against Team Canada.
Former NHL goalie Darren Pang, who previously provided analysis for ESPN’s NHL coverage, will join the team as a game analyst and between-the-benches reporter for select games.
Linda Cohn and Toronto native Adnan Virk will host studio coverage throughout the group play stage of the tournament. Buccigross will take over as studio host for the Semifinals and Final when Levy and Melrose are in the booth. Coverage will feature NHL Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Chris Chelios in the studio for every game during the tournament. Virk will host the two-hour preview show on Friday, Sept 16, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with commentary and analysis from the entire Toronto-based group.
via Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News,
Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who missed the last two months of the Kings’ last regular season as he recovered from heart bypass surgery, will definitely be back for his upcoming 44th season — but it will be with a reduced schedule by mutual agreement of him and the team.
Miller, who turns 78 next month, sat out 33 games after his Feb. 2 surgery before returning as a spectator to watch the Kings open the playoffs in mid-April. “They said it would be a six-to-nine month recovery and I’m feeling pretty good now seven months from the surgery,” Miller said Friday from his West Hills home. “The team has been great in working on how to adjust the schedule for me.”
The Kings have not announced the specifics of the plan, but it will involve hiring another TV play-by-play man as to not disrupt the flow of the radio side with Hall of Famer Nick Nickson or KingsInsider.com Jon Rosen filling in.
While doing all home games and Pacific Division road contests, Miller will likely pass on about 20 games that involve extended road trips that focus on East Coast travel, such as most of the one that covers nine games in 17 days from Dec. 13-29.
from Michael Skarka of ESPN MediaZone,
ESPN’s start-to-finish World Cup of Hockey 2016 telecasts will have all the angles covered through innovative production techniques, top-tier commentary, creative enhancements and studio programming surrounding the games. The puck drops on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET when Team USA takes on Team Europe (ESPN2). All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president production and remote events, said, “ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey productions will bring viewers into the arena through a wide range of camera angles and in-depth commentary from experienced NHL voices. World Cups are all about national pride and cheering for your country. We will help elevate fans’ knowledge in this endeavor through our comprehensive on-site and studio coverage.”
ESPN will supplement the world feed of 31 cameras with additional cameras to provide more angles for enhanced coverage. One camera will be positioned on the main center ice platform giving ESPN the best access to its between benches reporter and isolation capabilities on both benches and players on the ice. Another will be placed in the slash position (near-side corner about halfway up the stands) and provide an interesting angle for on ice activity. A handheld camera will travel with on-ice reporter Leah Hextall.
All coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices via an affiliated video provider.
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