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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean’s voice came close to breaking once or twice, but it never did. He seemed to try to explain why he stayed at Beijing rather than leave the Olympic city and return home to be at his mother’s side.
Were we witnessing guilt as well as grief? Whatever the case, it was authentic, personal and moving.
“I don’t want to jar you with this news,” he said. “But I just got the word about my mom, who is 82 years old. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Mom’s condition has been tough for about a year now. But she broke her hip on the eve of the opening ceremony and, if you know anything about cancer, once that trauma was added to the weight of her circumstance, it was a very difficult last 14 days.”
Adam Proteau talks to Carrie Milbank of The Hockey Show and asks what it was like starting her new job.
“Honestly, I was so scared at first,” said Milbank, who has been working in broadcasting since 2003. “I really wanted The Hockey Show job, and when I got it, I was like, ‘uh-oh, what am I going to do?’ Because not only was I scared of the players, I was scared of the fans, because they’re so intense.
“So I bought the book Hockey For Dummies. I bought The Smart Girl’s Guide To Sports to help me prepare. But talking to the guys and being around the game really helps you get to know what hockey’s all about.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers SportsNet colour commentator Ray Ferraro is going to work for TSN, replacing Glen Healy, who took a paying position with the NHL Players Association. Two possible candidates to replace Ferraro are former Penguin winger Rob Brown, who has done some good Oiler pay-per-view work, and Rod Phillips’ longtime radio sidekick, Morley Scott.
Here’s another longshot name to consider: onetime Oiler coach and goalie Ron Low, who was dumped by the Senators.
more hockey notes including Geoff Sanderson looking for work.
Our favorite for the Sportsnet job would be Morley Scott. Remember the day Alanah spent with Morley?
from Advanced Imaging Magazine,
Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic has completed a state-of-the-art high-definition live sports control room at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year….
The TV Magic installation encompassed the relocation of the arena’s existing A/V control room, scoring video system, and coaches’ video-review equipment. The newly upgraded facility is designed to support live broadcast, production, and post-production in state-of-the-art high definition quality. It also includes the first-ever high-definition in-house multichannel cable system for targeted advertising throughout the HP Pavilion.
Ron MacLean has been doing a little blogging for the CBC Olympics site and since we are in “Gretzky mode” these days, I thought you might enjoy this…
Two stories owned the games in Salt Lake City in 2002. The figure skating judging scandal and the twin wins for Canada in hockey. My highlight was Wayne Gretzky’s outburst following a 3-3 tie with the Czech’s. Gretzky’s tirade lasted nearly 10 minutes. The top moments: “To a man, every one of our guys will say how great (Dominik) Hasek or (Mats) Sundin is. I don’t think we dislike the other countries nearly as much as they hate us….”
And more: “They want to see us lose. We’re the biggest story down here and they love it when we’re not doing well. Now they have two Canadian stories - the figure skating and the hockey team. It’s all a crock of bull. It turns my stomach to hear some of the things being said about us. No one wants us to win except the guys on this team and our fans, but we’re a proud team and we’re still standing…”
It’s by far the most impressive thing I’ve seen Wayne do.
more Olympics talk from Ron…
Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network. Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.
On August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings. The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets.
To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.
Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Milbury’s addition raises the question of what the future holds for another HNIC regular with Boston connections - P. J. Stock. There won’t be much room on the Hotstove with ring master Ron MacLean, Milbury and Scott Morrison taking up three of the four spots. HNIC likes to throw in Eric Duhatschek, Pierre LeBrun or Al Strachan in the fourth spot, and that leaves little or no room for Stock.
But CBC Sports head honcho Scott Moore told me yesterday: “We’re definitely keeping young Stock. He has a future.”
Moore said HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak is still putting the pieces of the telecast together, but predicted Stock will have a “slightly expanded role.”
more on Milbury…
Hockey Night in Canada will welcome a familiar face and opinionated hockey mind next season, with Mike Milbury joining the show as an analyst.
Milbury, who has spent over 30 years in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager, will also be a regular contributor to the Hot Stove segment on HNIC.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak said in a statement. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what’s happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”
Update 3:53pm ET: Speaking of Milbury’s “entertaining style,” that sort of demands we point to this video (embedded below). The footage is terrible, but somewhere in that muck you can see #28 beating a hockey fan with his own shoe…
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Instructed by former Hockey Night producer John Shannon not to take broadcast courses after being hired, Hrudey’s success stems from being as likable as they come.
“I’m happy with my life,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I used to play hockey, now I talk hockey. The beauty of my job is that as much as I talk to people in the industry, it’s my opinion.”
Over the years, he’s done well to distance himself from his playing brethren to the point he openly criticizes players when warranted.
Unlike the bombastic Don Cherry, Hrudey’s approach is much more measured. Armed with four satellite dishes, eight feeds and endless PVR recordings, Hrudey sits in his Calgary home office during the season watching endless game coverage before hitting the road each weekend.
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