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from Neil Best at Newsday,
After six years on Canadian TV, the NHL Network launched in the United States, built around a nightly wrap-up show called “NHL On the Fly” with game highlights so extensive that even a Blue Jackets-Coyotes contest is treated as if, well, people actually care.
Which is the point, of course. The channel is for those who really, really care, and want to see stuff from highlights to features to live games to oldies such as yesterday’s Islanders-Oilers tilt from 1981.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
That’s what made this FSN broadcast all the more enjoyable, because the lack of irrelevant chatter from a two- or three-piece media team allowed the game to stand on its own merit.
The crowd was engaged, the players were chirping and all necessary information was conveyed with a simple graphic.
There was the occasional vignette during timeouts, where a commentator would provide some inside information on the teams (think along the lines of the pay-per-view segments), but that’s the only time the media made their presence known.
In case you missed the previous discussion on this topic, start here and video is included…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN will use a new play-by-play configuration for tonight’s Montreal Canadiens-Buffalo Sabres telecast. Chris Cuthbert and Glenn Healy will call the game at ice level, which they’ve done before, but this time Pierre McGuire will provide additional analysis from the broadcast booth as an “eye in the sky.”
TSN’s Mike Milbury called the appointment of Brett Hull, who has no managerial experience, to the position of interim co-general manager of the Dallas Stars “an insult” to all NHL general managers.
more hockey notes…
via Watchdog at Newsday,
For their eight games on FSNY, the Islanders are up spectacularly, from 0.07 percent of area homes last season at this point to 0.32.
The Rangers are up 102 percent on MSG compared to last year.
Yesterday I posted about the unique TV broadcast of the Kings/Ducks game on Tuesday.
You can get a bit of the feel of the game by watching the video, but do remember, the HD broadcast really enhanced the overall feel of the game.
from On Frozen Blog,
Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”
I happened to catch the first period and really enjoyed the look. First off, game in HD, lots of shots from behind the net and in the corners. Crowd noise was picked-up very well and you had the feeling you were at the game.
I would like to see more teams try this and see what the reaction would be from fans…
Update 12:45pm ET: More on the Freeway Face-Off and the broadcast in this post and its comments
added 12:52pm, John Shannon was just on Hockey Central and said he thought it was fascinating. Produced by Fox Sports and John mentioned you could have received the regular broadcast of the game on another Fox Sports West channel.
John said it worked well, good production people and the low angle view was great, especially in HD.
John said it would work great in Canada too, but you need a station with multiple channels to broadcast on.
Versus has an ad promoting today’s If-you-don’t-have-our-channel-it-sucks-to-be-you game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, and the picture is, to say the least, one of those images that would make a “We didn’t land on the moon” conspiracy theorist giddy as a schoolgirl:
Paul sent this one to me with a simple question—is this really Chris Chelios?—and when he suggested that it looked more like Brendan Shanahan, save the 06-07 Easton gloves, I agreed. As a hockey picture hound, however, I went to town on the image, looking for inconsistencies…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove panel on Saturday, composed of journalists for the first time this season, was provocative and entertaining — something it hasn’t been when retired players Scott Mellanby, Sean Burke and P.J. Stock made up the panel.
Al Strachan, who made his first appearance since 2005, when he was bounced from the show (some NHL club officials had complained to the CBC about the quality of his information), reported that TSN hockey analyst Glenn Healy is rumoured to be the leading candidate to replace Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
It seemed like a trip into fantasyland, but was it? Sources say the Maple Leafs wanted to hire Healy about a year ago as Ferguson’s assistant.
more hockey media talk…
from Cam Hutchinson at the Montreal Gazette,
Three observations after my first month with the NHL Centre Ice cable-TV package:
1. Broadcasters in U.S. cities are much more entertaining and excitable than those on Canadian networks;
2. Colour commentators for the U.S.-based teams are usually shameless homers;
3. Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret could make a preseason game between Phoenix and Columbus feel like the seventh game of the Stanley Cup.
1. I tend to go the other route, I just want the game described and please cut out all the interviews I have been witnessing while the game is being played. Save those for the breaks…
2. Most color commentators, not all…
How is this lineup for the Hockey Hot Stove- Al Strachan, Eric Duhatschek and Scott Morrison, all in studio.
Strachan says some talk going around the GM circle is Glenn Healy has being mentioned as the next GM of the Leafs.
Scott Morrison says the talk of Ray Emery going to the Kings in a trade isn’t true.
Strachan mentioned the Canucks would claim Richard Matvichuk if the Devils tried to bring him back up. Devils may just let him sit and hope the Canucks try to make a deal with them.
added 10:43pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the the Globe and Mail,
It was fun being back on CBC’s Satellite Hot Stove Saturday - or the Hot Stove as they call it now, if only for the chance to work with Al Strachan again, after about a three-year absence. In the days when it was usually Strach, JD (John Davidson) and myself as the panelists, Strach always enjoyed wearing the black hat. He was at it again Saturday, suggesting there was gossip at the GMs level that John Ferguson might lose his job with the Toronto Maple Leafs by the end of the year and be replaced by TSN analyst Glenn Healy.
more plus an outdoor All Star game?
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