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from Alan Adams of CBC Sports,
A bone-chilling wind was whipping up the snow as Marjorie Nicolle stood on an old railway bridge spanning the Upsalquitch River.
Only minutes earlier, Nicolle was in her kitchen in the settlement of Upsalquitch when word spread that Ron MacLean was just down the road.
Nicolle tapped her husband Albert on the shoulder and off they went to watch MacLean film parts of his opening segment for Tim Horton’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on Saturday.
Nicolle and a handful of friends that live along the road that hugs the Upsalquitch River didn’t flinch when the wind turned a pleasant day into a reminder that winter is far from over in northern New Brunswick.
NEW YORK (February 18, 2009) – The NHL Network will simulcast CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada programming in the United States, with over 13 hours of continuous coverage planned in celebration of the sport. Hockey Day In Canada is a yearly day-long broadcast of special features that celebrate hockey in Canada. This year marks the ninth annual broadcast.
The celebration commences from Campbellton, N.B. on Sat. Feb. 21 at 12 Noon ET as Hockey Day In Canada programming begins its 13.5-hour broadcast with Ron MacLean hosting live from the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton, N.B. Don Cherry, Scott Morrison, Dick Irvin and other special guests will join MacLean in Campbellton.
from John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Not long ago, there was a rumor about the NHL putting another team in Toronto. While the hard-core puck heads up in Ottawa no doubt debated the plan, it seemed like hardly anyone south of the border noticed. The NHL could move every team in the league (save the Flyers) to Toronto and it’s doubtful anyone around here would blink. I’m betting the same goes for other American cities, too.
Part of that is because hockey has never been the country’s favorite sport, and part of that is because the NHL lacks the oversize personalities that dominate other leagues. Almost everyone knows about LeBron or Kobe, but how many fans can opine about Alex Ovechkin or Marc Savard?...
According to the aforementioned Toronto Sun story, the league makes approximately $10 million per season in its revenue-sharing arrangement with NBC. In sports, $10 mil is nothing. It’s the cash Pacman Jones takes to the strip club when he wants to make it rain. Which gives me an idea.
With a little effort, we could raise $10 mil ourselves, then pay the NHL to give up on NBC (and any other network that might consider coming to the rescue), keep the game provincial, and stay away from national television.
Puck drops at 12:30pm ET today when the Flyers take on the Rangers on NBC and the final horn will end around 12:30am Monday after the Montreal/Vancouver game
Watch a preview for the NBC Game of the Week and the full NHL schedule for today is below….
Steve of Puck the Media gets this news today…
The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Feb 10 is the 20th anniversary of Blues announcer Dan Kelly’s death. Below is Kevin Horrigan’s obituary for Mr. Kelly that ran Feb 11, 1989.
A voice that once was called the ‘‘purest, most knowledgeable, most accurate’’ in hockey was stilled Friday morning. St. Louis Blues broadcaster Dan Kelly, 52, died at his home in Chesterfield after a five-month struggle with cancer….
‘‘In sports, we talk a lot about ‘franchise’ players,’’ said Michael F. Shanahan, chairman of the board of the Blues. ‘‘Dan Kelly could easily be said to have been a franchise broadcaster. There were times in the last 20 years he was this franchise to the hockey fans. ‘‘He did what he wanted to do, and nobody ever did it better. How many of us get to say that?’‘
read on and watch Dan Kelly’s call of a famous Bobby Orr goal below…
from Eric Fisher and Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
MLB Advanced Media and the NHL next week plan to begin co-selling an unprecedented online video package in which the out-of-market game subscriptions for both leagues will be marketed in a joint offering. In addition, MLBAM is set to cut a separate deal with ESPN in which MLB.TV will be sold with the media giant’s Insider content subscription in hopes of driving usage of both.
The NHL-MLBAM deal marks a rare level of cooperation between sports entities with limited common ownership. The leagues’ digital arms will sell the combined video package for $139.95, less than the cost of purchasing current packages for each sport individually….
The NHL says its research indicates that 80 percent of hockey fans are also fans of MLB. The league hopes that giving baseball fans who are also hockey fans the chance to experience the NHL’s digital product during the high point of its season will lead to new subscriptions for the 2009-10 season, said John Collins, NHL chief operating officer.
more (normally a paid subscription site but this link seems to be working. If not, I will try to get a link for you later today)
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Age has not lessened his roar and turning 75 will not mellow Don Cherry.
The controversial and flamboyantly-dressed Hockey Night in Canada commentator hit the three-quarter century mark today and he is as animated as ever….
“If anything I have turned it up,” Cherry said. “I don’t feel any different now than I did 30, 40 years ago. I still get so excited on Saturday’s that I can hardly wait for Coach’s Corner to start. A lot of people tell me to ease off a little so I wouldn’t get in so much trouble. But trouble is my middle name and I say things the way I want to.
“When the day comes that CBC wants to go in a different direction, as they say, I will think to myself that I’ve had a good run and say toodle-oo.”
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
Is it just me or does the Hockey Night In Canada theme song lost it’s luster now that is on TSN?
They have completely over used the jingle, playing it at every opportunity. And they gave it a terrible accompanying video montage.
Meanwhile CBC has come up with a catchy tune which I think I might actually like better.
NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.
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