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From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,
Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.
“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.
“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”
Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The product that MacLean knocks was in full view on Saturday. Seen in most markets, the Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens game, in which five goals were scored, was fast-paced, never dull and produced plenty of scoring chances.
Before the crackdown started in 2005-06, MacLean predicted the players would never adjust. Well, despite the officials continuing to call the game closely — too closely, many would say — restraining fouls are down 21 per cent from last year.
Even if MacLean isn’t getting it, the players seem to be.
Just a reminder NBC, the NHL season has started!!!
*thanks to a KK member for pointing this out in the KK Forum
added 8:42pm, I emailed NBC earlier asking them about the site, and received no response. I have heard they may be going another route with the site, but without an answer, it is a question that remains unanswered.
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network, (Paul) Kelly wants to canvass his constituency to get an overall feel for the membership’s thinking. One thing he emphasized to us is his desire to see more widespread TV coverage in the U.S.
He didn’t mention ESPN by name, but rather by implication that a renewed marriage between the biggest sports network and Bettman, Inc. would be highly desirable. It’s tough to argue that point!
more from The Maven…
From the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks and Comcast SportsNet have announced that Comcast SportsNet will televise their first home game of the season on Sunday, November 11 when the Blackhawks play host to the archrival Detroit Red Wings at 6:00 p.m.
The November 11 game will be the first in a series of home games to be broadcast live and in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet. The full schedule will be released next week with additional home games airing throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.
“It’s time to share the energy and excitement of the Blackhawks with all of our fans,” said Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz. “We are entering a new era and putting home games back on TV is the first step to supporting our great players and fans.”
*Previously mentioned last week, but only confirmed by the ‘Hawks today
I have received a few emails lately asking me how to get Center Ice back on to WOW (Wide Open West).
The emails have come from people in the Detroit area who are very upset they don’t even have the option to subscribe to CI. Are there any WOW customers getting CI? If so, where are you located.
My only suggestion is to keep hammering your local WOW office and demand CI. I do wish I could be of more service, but your provider is the one that needs to hear it from you.
Two earlier than normal games today…
Check out the schedule at NHL.com for the broadcast network for all the games today.
With the successful U.S. launch this month of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today announced the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. through November. In all, NHL Network in the U.S. will telecast 50 live regular-season games this season, in addition to classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule will be released on a monthly basis. Based on the previously-announced carriage arrangements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable, NHL Network is accessible to 75 million homes.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
If you’re a hockey fan in the good ol’ USA, life can be pretty frustrating. (You already knew that, didn’t you?)
The latest example of that frustration came Tuesday night. I was eager to see Ryan Smyth’s return to Edmonton. In particular, I wanted to see the crowd reaction when he skated onto the ice as a member of the visiting Avalanche and I wanted to see the Oilers’ video tribute to their former star.
I didn’t get to see any of that.
*and if you missed a previous KK post, you can see part of the Smyth ceremony here...
From CBC via Youtube. Features footage of Jonathan Toews big goal the other night, plus Don Cherry’s commentary—with associated video clips—on the instigator rule.
*Thanks to George for passing on the clip!
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