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Overuse Of A Theme Song

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.

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  Tags: tsn

Plays Of The Month

NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.

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The Pansification Talk

from Christie Blatchford of the Globe and Mail,

...Mr. Milbury now finds himself at the centre of a hullabaloo, confined almost exclusively to The Globe’s sports pages (where my colleague William Houston carefully has noted, in that uniquely Globe and Mail manner, that pansification is “a derivative of the word pansy”) and a gay advocacy group called Egale Canada, whose director is hopping mad about what she says is the “derogatory, stereotypical” term and who has complained to the CBC.

Even Don Cherry has got into the act, with Mr. Houston reporting Friday that Grapes has pledged not to use the dreaded term himself and has furthermore identified himself as a supporter of gay initiatives.

Well, as an old mare who was publicly called a filly, it is hardly a surprise that I am less than sensitive to the use of language, and find pretty much all such controversies silly.

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Are You Ready For Some Hockey Today?

NHL games start today at 12:30pm ET when the Wings take on the Capitals and ends about 1:00am Sunday with the Blackhawks/Sharks game.

See the full schedule below…

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CBC Receives Complaint From Gay Rights Group

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term “pansification” by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.

Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used “pansification” at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.

Egale Canada, a gay advocacy organization, protested last week. But Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said through a network spokesman yesterday that commentators are free to make their own decisions whether to use the expression.

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All-Star Weekend Ratings On Versus

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 28, 2009)- VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), earned a .9 national household rating which translates in to 697,576 households and 1,086,998 total viewers for its telecast of the 2009 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 25.  All figures are according to Nielsen Media Research and VERSUS Research and are live+same day numbers. 

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Top Voices

from Bruce Ciskie of NHL Fanhouse,

One of my favorite hockey-related shows on NHL Network is Voices. As a hockey broadcaster myself, it is neat to watch how the best in the business prepare to go on the air, and how they interact with the best athletes on the planet.

Watching Voices made me start wondering who the best really were. With that in mind, I took advantage of a Center Ice subscription and an active remote, watching every team’s local broadcast as many times as I could stomach.

I came to a few conclusions.

Mike Emrick is so good he deserves his own category. I feel bad excluding him from this list, but I do it because he’s that much better than everyone.

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Comcast Offers NHL On Demand

NEW YORK / PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 27, 2009) – Today, Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, and the NHL Network announced an agreement to offer the first On Demand access to NHL and hockey dedicated programming.  Under the terms of the agreement, NHL Network subscribers can access in-depth hockey coverage On Demand including NHL game highlights made available only hours after game completion and at no additional charge.

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Canadiens Watch All-Star Weekend

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Canadians tune in when the NHL all-star game is in a Canadian city.

With Montreal as the host, Sunday’s all-star game drew its largest television audience since 2000, when the game was played in Toronto.

The CBC telecast was watched by 1.516 million viewers, just less than the 1.557 million who tuned in for the 2000 game.

The CBC drew its largest audience ever for Saturday skills competitions, 1.358 million, bettering 1.327 million in 2000.

added 5:48am, via Sports Media Watch,

Versus drew a 0.8 overnight rating for coverage of the NHL All Star Game on Sunday, up 12% from last year, according to USA Today. While it is tough to quibble with a double-digit increase in ratings, the 0.8 is still very unimpressive. As USA Today notes, “six weekend ESPN/ABC X Games shows drew higher ratings than the NHL All-Star Game.”

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Bettman & MacLean

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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