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Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner posted the following release he received today…
NEW YORK, April 15, 2009 –Tax Day has a bright side for hockey fans. Starting today, April 15, and through the second round of the playoffs, subscribers to the NHL Center Ice out-of-market package will receive replays of same day games. In this new enhancement which is free to customers, the NHL Center Ice package will re-air each current day’s game beginning approximately one hour after the live game ends so that fans can see games they might have missed. Each game will replay in its entirety and will repeat continuously overnight and the next day, on the same channel, until the following day’s live games begin.
The “Replay Game” feature means that there will be approximately 4-5 replays for single, scheduled games. Live games scheduled back-to-back will be replayed in that same order, so that there will be approximately 2-3 replays before game-time the following day. No games will be bumped from the package to accommodate replay games. Blackout and other restrictions apply.
I haven’t heard anything about this, how about you?
I sure would like to DVR the NHL playoff games, but find it kind of difficult when ‘No Title Available’ on all Center Ice channels for tonight!
via Puck The Media,
Thanks to Schuyler Baehman of the NHL’s Communications Dep’t and all-around good guy (and who’s Twitter feed you should check out) for sending this along to us, as we’ve been hoping for this for quite some time:
In the first time of NHL Network U.S.’s history, it will broadcast a Stanley Cup Playoff game by airing live Game 2 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Conference Quarter-Final match-up between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings from Detroit on Saturday, April 18 @ 6pm ET.
Locally, Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Ohio will broadcast this game live as previously scheduled. NHL Network will be blacked out in those local markets.
Jim Hughson of HNIC sums up the start of the playoffs in a 2 minute or so video.
Check it out but you will probably walk away with more questions than answers.
via CBC Sports,
Join Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. local time for Stanley Cup Countdown (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Hockey Night in Canada analysts Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock bring their expertise to every series, guiding you through all the great matchups.
Relive some of the great hits, goals and saves from Stanley Cups past.
Listen in as some of North America’s most-read bloggers talk to Ron about what to look for as hockey is set to begin its annual quest for sport’s greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup.
NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will present a comprehensive breakdown of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – including player and team features, predictions and analysis – on a special two-hour presentation, the 2009 Playoff Preview, on Monday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The program, available in the United States and Canada, will be hosted by Brian Duff, who will be joined by analyst Gary Green, four-time Stanley Cup winner Larry Murphy and other experts from around the League.
Puck The Media has a handy post, showing what games will be telecast by the hockey networks during the first round.
from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,
Versus will carry ratings momentum into the boards when the National Hockey League faces off for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday.
The Comcast-owned sports network continued its Nielsen advance with the puck sport with significant double-digit growth during the 2008-09 regular season. At the same time, Versus will look to measure up to the major gains it registered with last year’s postseason run.
“It’s our fourth season. Versus is the established home for the National Hockey League,” said Versus executive vice president of programming, production and business operations Marc Fein, who notes the network is also benefiting from an expanded sub base that has grown 4% over the past year in surpassing the 75 million mark.
via Ben Grossman of Broadcasting & Cable,
Briefly stopped by the opening of ESPN’s snazzy new Los Angeles digs last week, and stuck around just long enough to hear a prominent National Hockey League team executive indirectly trash league television partner Versus, which picked up a hockey package as its main asset when ESPN balked a few years back.
On stage at the opening of the new complex, Anschutz Entertainment Group (owners of the Los Angeles Kings) CEO Tim Leiweke turned to ESPN chief George Bodenheimer and said, “We made a huge mistake with hockey - we need to get back on ESPN with the NHL.” While many people agree, I wonder how that comment went over back at Comcast, which has shelled out quite a few scheckels to the NHL?
from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
...The game has changed. The players have changed and so has the perception from the fans watching the game. I think it’s a direct reflection of our changing society. We live in a world of always worrying to be so PC (politically correct, folks). The game has changed because our society’s influence on it has almost forced some of its changes. No more so than in interpretation of the game’s physicality.
What used to be a battle along the boards, a fight for the puck, a mano-a-mano confrontation is now called like a basketball game. Two minutes for illegal use of the hands or two minutes for being too strong or too tough. I believe the game needed changes to get out of the trap era, but why interfere with what so many people have fallen in love with? The toughness of players playing the toughest game out there….
Fighting is a no-no now, hitting someone who is watching their pass is a crime and body checking someone in the head … purgatory.
I loved the game the way it used to be. I’m worried about the direction the game is going in.
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