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New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).
The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.
from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,
As a teenager growing up in the Long Island suburbs, Washington Capitals broadcaster Joe Beninati was always The Voice of any sport he ever played, often offering an impromptu running play-by-play commentary for his friends even as he also was participating in a street hockey game here, a lacrosse game there.
I had the opportunity of meeting Elliotte Friedman during the SCF in Detroit and enjoyed the brief time we actually were able to talk. We would pass each other in the aisles at ‘The Joe’ and give each other a nod as we headed in different directions.
A good guy, just like most of us, but he gets to interview the stars of the game, a job most of us would love to have.
He has earned his position at HNIC and I am sure is in the long range plans for CBC and HNIC.
Today, Elliotte wrote a piece for Puck Daddy on hockey bloggers and if you are interested in that topic, I suggest you give it a read.
added 8:16pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News chimes in…
So long as writers are accountable – i.e., prepared to defend their positions to the people or organizations they’re writing about – they ought to be allowed to build that buzz, in any way they see fit. And if I were overseeing the velvet rope separating the wheat from the chaff in the press box, I’d rather have 100 passionate writers in there creating a negative buzz than a single wire-service reporter writing a neat, non-critical game story.
more and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer… I missed that one completely, sorry Adam!
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
• The new third jerseys of the Oilers, Sabres, Blues, Canucks, and Bruins (but not the Hurricanes or Thrashers).
• The depth of knowledge and perfectly timed inflections of Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Jim Hughson. It will take fans a while to get used to him as CBC’s No. 1 guy, but trust me, we’re witnessing the early days of what will be a legendary career.
via Working the Corners,
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today that they have reached an agreement to have the local blackout lifted for nine 2008-09 San Jose Sharks games that are not scheduled to be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The move will allow those local hockey fans who subscribe to the Center Ice hockey package to view all of the Sharks 82 regular season games on television.
Looks like a trend may be developing- via a press release from the Phoenix Coyotes…
Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the National Hockey League has lifted the “NHL Center Ice” blackout in the Phoenix region for 19 Coyotes games. Coyotes fans that subscribe to the “NHL Center Ice” package will now be able to see 78 of the Coyotes’ 80 remaining games on television this season
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
The pre-game show has been given a big facelift and looks a lot more interesting, especially the round-table chat featuring Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury and Ron MacLean.
But the show’s first feature was, you guessed it, a look at Leafs coach Ron Wilson.
Yes, Wilson is new to Toronto, but the Ottawa Senators have a new coach, too.
But at the CBC, the mantra has always been: If it’s blue, it will do.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Thursday’s telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).
added 11:23am, via Versus press release,
Locally, Detroit garnered a 4.0 HH rating making VERSUS the top rated cable network in the market for the 7:00-9:45 p.m. ET time period. VERSUS was the fourth highest-rated network overall in Detroit; behind ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively.
Boston garnered a 1.0 HH rating making VERSUS the third highest rated cable network in the market during the 10:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. ET time period. This was an 11-percent increase over the Bruins’ 2007-08 regular season average (.9). The Denver market delivered a 1.8 HH rating which was a 64-percent increase over Colorado’s 2007-08 regular season average (1.1).
from the Anaheim Ducks,
The “Rinkside View” game format combines the best of traditional hockey television expertise with more ice access thanks to low angle camera positions and a voyeuristic, as-if-you-were-there look and feel to the telecast. A total of 20 NHL games, including all six “Freeway Faceoff” contests with the Kings, will be seen by the “Rinkside View”.
“We are revolutionizing hockey on television with ‘Rinkside View’. The low camera angles and evolved camera direction will allow the viewers to hear more crunch, watch more of the ice, and - instead of being told how the play develops – see the play unfold for themselves,” said Tom Feuer, executive producer, Fox Sports WEST and PRIME TICKET.
Many of us have waited for this night, the puck drops in North America.
How do you feel about your team’s outlook for this season? Confident, undecided, let us know how you feel!
On a sidenote, I contacted Versus after seeing my tv guide on Directv and noticed tonight’s games were not in HD but they tell me both games will indeed be in HD.
So let’s drop the puck and the KK tradition (wmp audio) continues!
from Broadcaster Magazine,
Rick Brace, President, Revenue, Business Planning and Sports, CTV Inc., and John Collins, Chief Operating Officer, NHL, announced today the appointment of John Shannon as Executive In Charge of Programming and Production for NHL Network.
Shannon will continue to serve in his current role as Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for the National Hockey League.
In his additional responsibility, Shannon will oversee programming and production for NHL Network in both Canada and the United States.
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