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from Shawn Lavigne of the XM204 Blog,
I have enormous respect for Don Cherry but there are weeks when I watch ‘Coaches Corner’ where I just scratch my head in bewilderment at some of the stupid comments he makes. Last night on his ‘hockey pulpit’ he talked about the theatrics of Alexander Ovechkin and the ‘boring Europeans’ on the Detroit Red Wings and after 25 years of this anti-European garbage spewing from his mouth it motivated me to share my thoughts.
As broadcasters most of the information that we comment on is our opinion but unfortunately in Canada when it comes to Cherry it is suppose to be taken as religion with his anti-european cult of followers. Trust me I’ve been in sports radio and television for 15 years and heard it all from callers and hosts who bow down to the Great Wall of Cherry.
added 5:51pm, from Nate of Welcome to the Show,
Cherry is entitled to his opinion, of course, but it raises a good question: do we have to listen to it? Specifically, for those of us in the U.S., should NHL Network subject us to this garbage on a league-owned network?
Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with Hockey Night in Canada when I had the chance to watch for four years in Michigan. I wish Jim Hughson could follow me around and describe my every move for a day.
And there’s room for criticism on NHL properties; you’ll see it on NHL.com and hear it on NHL Live and On the Fly. But Cherry’s xenophobic, misguided and frankly wrong comments have no place on a league-owned network.
Don Cherry last night after the first HNIC game talked Wings. He claims Datsyuk hits are from behind and the Wings are not drawing fans to the Joe because of the Wings style of play. Also a bit of Lidstrom thrown in too.
Now scroll to the :55 second mark of part 2 of the video below. More Wings talk…
added 8:01am, George Malik of SnapShots breaks down the video…
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight talks Georges Laraque, Steven Stamkos, Steve Mason and Alexander Ovechkin goal celebrations.
NEW YORK – The NHL Network will offer a free preview to more than 34 million subscribers of multiple distributors in the United States, such as DIRECTV, DISH Network®, AT&T U-verse, Verizon, Cox Communications, Grande Communications and TVMAX, beginning Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 7.
As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games, robust game highlights packages and expert analysis. As a portion of this six-day free-preview period, viewers will be able to watch 52 hours of HD hockey programming including five live games, special Trade Deadline day coverage and 10 premieres of exclusive original NHL Network™ programming.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
The night John Tortorella was hired by TSN, I made a confession to him. I told him I had always secretly hoped he’d be fired by Tampa, just so we might get a chance to bring him on the panel.
He swore at me. But he was smiling as he cursed.
No coach has ever brought me more amusement than Torts. His post-game news conferences were often better than the game.
“We need a BLEEP BLEEP occasional save. Four goals on 16 shots, I’m getting tired of the 25 percent rule.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The moment John Tor torella walks through the door of the Ranger locker room today to take command, that will be the end of the excuses and that will be the end of the crutches for a team whose players sure didn’t seem very sorry to see Tom Renney go yesterday.
from Puck The Media,
According to Sports Business Journal, NBC’s telecast of the Penguins/Capitals game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating. It ties Rangers/Penguins (1/18/08) and Red Wings/Penguins (2/8/08) for the highest indoor rating NBC’s drawn this season. The only comparable game from last year is the March 2nd Rangers/Flyers broadcast, which also drew a 1.1 rating.
Here in the Detroit area we are expcecting 4-7 inches of snow today. I’ve made the grocery store run early this morning so I am all set to settle in and watch all the hockey action today.
For those of us in the USA, don’t forget Hockey Day in Canada can be seen beginning at noon ET on the NHL Network.
The complete NHL schedule for today is listed below…
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.
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