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from Mike Milbury of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
It is time to elect Don Cherry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
There is not a man on the planet who has kept more fans or made more fans for the sport of hockey than Grapes. For nearly 30 years he has kept the attention of Canadian hockey fans (and now fans worldwide) on the sport that he and they love far more than any other.
And I’m not talking about the media wing … I am talking about full fledged induction in the builders’ category.
In my own informal poll of interested fans, administrators and media types, there is overwhelming support for Don’s election. And why not?
A list of the Top 50 sportscasters, as voted by the American Sportscasters Association. Since it is U.S. based I did not expect to see many hockey names.
Maybe I am missing some other hockey guys, but Foster Hewitt is listed at #40, right behind Bill Walton (huh)!
I wonder if any of the voters ever heard of Danny Gallivan or Dan Kelly. How about some of the current hockey broadcasters, Jim Hughson comes to mind and even Bob Cole.
Again, it is U.S. based, so the majority of voters may not even know what a puck is.
from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
At first, the effect is dizzying: a sensory overload of images, facts and figures orbiting what amounts to picture-in-picture-in-picture-in-picture television. That it’s occurring on a computer monitor, rather than the flat-screen hanging on the living room wall, doesn’t decrease the feeling of digital claustrophobia.
Gradually, the charms of NHL GameCenter Live—the League’s Web- and subscription-based service that provides coverage of out-of-market games on a nightly basis—blow away any clouds of confusion.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
The last ‘Rinkside View’ broadcast of Ducks games was last Sunday.
The Ducks met with FSN and the decision was made to discontinue the controversial telecasts for the rest of the season.
“It’s not something that’s overwhelmingly positive,” said Aaron Teats, Ducks director of broadcasting.
On the NHL Network today…
12:00 PM- NHL Encore Presentation: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 - Red Wings at Blackhawks (NBC)
2:30 PM- NHL Encore Presentation: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 - Red Wings at Blackhawks (CBC)
A nice day to sit back and watch our game on the tube.
A great game to watch could be Calgary vs. Chicago. The Flames will be shooting for their sixth straight win while Chicago tries to end a two game losing streak. The Calgary Herald looks at the matchup.
NHL GameCenter Live is free tonight so give it a test run and see if it fits your viewing needs.
from Puck The Media,
This news coming via an NBC Press Release:
CHICAGO — Dec. 31, 2008 — Hall of Fame broadcaster “Doc” Emrick will be unable to call tomorrow’s NHL Winter Classic due to laryngitis. Dave Strader, who is the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Coyotes and has also worked for NBC Sports, will fill in for Emrick.
“Last year’s game was a lifetime memory and I couldn’t wait to call this year’s game at Wrigely,” said Emrick. “I’m extremely disappointed but I know Dave will do a wonderful job.”
CTV Inc. confirmed today that the Barenaked Ladies rendition of the iconic “The Hockey Theme” will debut on NHL ON TSN on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31. A special high definition video of the band performing the Delores Claman classic will air during the first intermission of the “Battle of Alberta” with the Edmonton Oilers taking on the Calgary Flames at 10pm ET on TSN.
The Juno Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies recorded their own bluegrass version of “The Hockey Theme” last month giving the song lyrics for the first time.
From Impact Wrestling
SmackDown Diva Maria is scheduled to appear on today’s “NHL Live” show at 12:30 p.m. EST promoting Saturday’s Tribute to the Troops special on NBC. “NHL Live” is broadcast live on XM Radio Channel 204, and can be seen on the NHL Network.
Fans interested in seeing Maria are invited to show up at the NHL Store on the corner of 47th St. and 6th Ave in Manhattan, New York for her appearance. They are also encouraged to bring signs.
Ah, yes. Nothing says “Tribute to the Troops” quite like half-naked girls throwing body slams on the streets of Manhattan the week before Christmas…
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