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We did this feature about two years ago and once again, John Shannon, Sr. Vice President of NHL Broadcasting, has agreed to answer your hockey broadcasting questions.
Feel free to spread the word and I will forward the questions to Mr. Shannon at the end of this week and post his answers in the next few weeks.
I asked John about HNIC on the NHL Network in the U.S.(Saturday games only) and he wanted hockey fans to know the NHL Network will be picking up the national HNIC games and the regional games will be available on Center Ice for those of you that subscribe to it.
So start leaving your broadcasting related questions and comments and look for the answers soon.
from Steve Lepore at The NHL Arena Program,
...other notes upon a brief overlook of Versus’ talent schedule:
-Gone are play-by-play man Rick Peckham and analyst John Vanbiesbrouck.
-There are no new additions to the talent list, though look for NY Islanders color man Billy Jaffe to take more of a color commentary role this season than the reporter slot he’s usually slated to serve.
-A lot less Mike Emrick this season. Doc will only call 8 regular season games.
read on and a new ice-level reporter too…
I have given KK readers a few hints about this, now it is official!
NEW YORK (October 3, 2008) –
With more live game coverage than ever before, NHL Network today unveiled its U.S. broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 regular season. It includes 75 regular-season games, all in HD.
Highlighting the schedule is the inclusion of CBC’s award-winning Hockey Night In Canada, now available to U.S. fans through NHL Network for the first time. Every Saturday night, NHL Network will not only broadcast the live Hockey Night In Canada double-header, but also the CBC pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight and post-game show After Hours.
More details and complete broadcast schedule below.
NEW YORK (September 26, 2008)—NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will provide live coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers’ pre-season game in their original home arena, the Spectrum, against the Carolina Hurricanes Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., ET. NHL Network also will cover the exhibition between the New York Rangers and SC Bern from Bern, Switzerland Sept. 30 at noon, ET, and the inaugural IIHF Victoria Cup game between the Rangers and Metallurg Magnitogorsk Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m., ET.
All games are subject to local blackout rules.
From Marc Crawford’s blog at CBC.ca:
Like most of you, I grew up watching and loving Saturday nights. Hockey Night in Canada was such a big part of life at the Crawford house. With nine children in the family, great seats in our living room were very valuable and many times the floor was the spot where I ended up.
It didn’t matter because we loved hockey, and throw in the fact that we might get popcorn and maybe a glass of Pepsi, it was in my opinion the perfect night.
The broadcast came on at 8:30 p.m. in those days, and the game would be joined in progress, so the big game at our house was guessing the score. All of us would take a stab at whether or not the Leafs or Canadians were up by one or two goals. It was always a thrill to hear Bill Hewitt or Danny Gallivan announce the score.
“He is a Canadian broadcast legend. I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.
“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”
-Harry Neale on Bob Cole. More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
When the Hockey Night in Canada crew meets this week to plan for the coming NHL season, two decisions will have already been made.
Jim Hughson will replace Bob Cole as the play-by-play voice for the 7 p.m. Eastern game. And Mark Lee’s workload will be increased….
Hughson, who lives in Vancouver, will travel east, usually to Toronto, to call the early game of the weekly NHL doubleheader along with analyst Craig Simpson, who lives in Edmonton.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, .
..your question was passed along to an NHL executive, he offered these insights on league-related media plans for the 2008-09 season:
“For NHLCI-TV (carried on all major U.S. distributors)—The plan is for the distributors to distribute as many games as possible in HD and as many dual feeds (home and away feed of same game) as possible. Bandwidth limitations and other programming commitments will limit a full rollout. We are always looking to add new content, such as pre- and post- game shows, to NHLCI-TV, but nothing is imminent at this time.
“For NHL.com, we are rolling out two products—GameCenter and GameCenter Live. The latter is the new branded version of NHLCI on-line from last season. Some planned highlights are as follows:
Prospects Tournament at Traverse City, Michigan coverage on NHL Network
(All games on next-day tape delay)
Sunday, September 14
8:00 PM ET – Thrashers vs. Lightning
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blues
Monday, September 15
8:00 PM ET – Wild vs. Blues
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blue Jackets
from Canes Country,
As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.
Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?
...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside
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