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Milbury Impressive

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

On Wednesday night, Mike Milbury charged into the raging goaltending controversy in Toronto by stating that the Maple Leafs’ decision to start Andrew Raycroft in the opener instead of Vesa Toskala was “absolutely crazy.”

The move “plants seeds of doubt,” he said, in the Toskala, whom the Leafs paid a heavy price to acquire, presumably to be the starting goalie….

But, there was no disputing the quality of his work as a studio analyst on TSN game telecasts. He was excellent. He has a strong presence, is confidently opinionated and brings plenty of colour to his commentary.

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The Versus Promos

Sharkspage points out the NHL/Versus video promos our out on youtube,

The clips of Mark Recchi’s retirement, Briere’s wrist shot, Ray Emery’s pugilist mentality, and Eric Staal taking the ice are the best of the bunch. Game on.

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Center Ice News

The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced it has renewed deals with U.S. cable and satellite distributors DirecTV, DISH Network®, and iN DEMAND Networks to distribute NHL Center Ice, the League’s out-of-market subscription package. iN DEMAND Networks, which is owned by Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner, makes NHL Center Ice available to its cable affiliates throughout the United States.

Throughout the regular season, NHL Center Ice provides fans the opportunity to watch up to 1,000 NHL live games, many of which will be offered in High-Definition. Select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs (all games subject to local blackout) also will be available.

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Ron MacLean Signs on 7 Years with HNIC

From CBC,

Host Ron MacLean will be welcoming viewers to Hockey Night in Canada for at least the next seven seasons after agreeing to a new contract Monday.

The new deal will run through the 2013-14 campaign, which coincides with the television deal struck by the CBC and National Hockey League in March.

“For millions of Canadians, Ron is the face of CBC Sports, and we are absolutely thrilled to continue our partnership with him for the long term,” Scott Moore, the executive director of CBC Sports, said in a statement.

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  Tags: hnic, media, ron+maclean

NHL Network In The USA

According to the reports on Versus during the Ducks/Kings game yesterday, the NHL Network should begin popping up on carriers in the USA today.

Feel free to comment here and we also have a thread in the KK Forum regarding this too.

added 10:36am, via Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),

Sources with the three biggest cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, as well as satellite operator DirecTV say they are still negotiating to carry the network, and expect to complete a deal soon. EchoStar wasn’t available for comment, though it appears likely that Dish Network is close to a deal, as well, since its customer service representatives were selling the NHL Center Ice package last week.

Putting the NHL Network on a sports tier would follow a similar strategy to NBA TV, which accepted digital sports tier carriage several years ago. The NBA recently has been expressing disappointment about the lack of cable subscribers that get sports tiers. NBA TV is in less than 10 million homes.

To combat these poor penetration rates, NHL Network plans to make much of its programming available on demand, including some live programming and archived content. That would give all digital cable subscribers access to NHL Network content.

update 1:14pm, Thanks to SBJ, you can now read the full article...

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  Tags: nhl+network

Neale To Replace Lorentz In Buffalo

from the Toronto Star,

According to sources, the Buffalo Sabres will announce today that analyst Harry Neale is leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs’ regional broadcasts to join them.

Neale’s spot on the Leafs’ regional broadcasts, seen on Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and Leafs TV, will be taken by Greg Millen….

Though the 70-year-old analyst will continue to work for Hockey Night In Canada, he won’t be calling as many Toronto games as he has in the past.

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London Games

I have received a large amount of emails asking me about the broadcast schedule for the NHL games in London.

Here you go and as always, you can check NHL.com for a complete schedule.

Note the September 29th game will also be available on FoxSports West

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note:  original post date was 9/25/07, Saturday’s game is on the Center Ice schedule.

added 10:39am, Don’t forget the free preview of both Center Ice and Center Ice Online begins today and ends October 9th.

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  Tags: center+ice, media

Foster Hewitt: The Voice of Hockey

From Investor’s Business Daily,

“The first broadcast nearly ended in disaster,” Hewitt wrote in a 1928 Toronto Star article titled “Who Wouldn’t Be A Sport Announcer!” “When I finally did get in and closed the door, all the air was cut off. In a few minutes my head started to go round.”

Despite Hewitt’s difficulty catching air that night, listeners immediately loved the picture of the game he painted orally.

The next day, thousands clamored radio station CFCA for more. A decade later, in the 1934 playoffs, 6 million people would be tuning in to hear his voice.

“The impact he’s had on Canada has almost been a religious one,” Chuck Kaiton, president of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and the announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, told IBD.

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(*Hewitt called the famous 1972 Paul Henderson goal, referenced earlier today on KK.)

Update 8:54pm ET: For examples of Hewitt’s work, check out CBC’s remarkable archives.

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  Tags: foster+hewitt, media

Center Ice Online Information

NEW YORK (September 28, 2007) - The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced NHL Center Ice Online, the League’s out-of-market online subscription package, is now accepting registrations for the 2007-08 season on NHL.com. NHL Center Ice Online provides fans the opportunity to watch more than 1,000 NHL live games throughout the regular-season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs through a broadband connection on a personal computer or laptop (all games subject to local blackout). The NHL has partnered with NeuLion, Inc. to create a new and improved multimedia player for NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites which will stream NHL Center Ice Online.

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Don’t Write That

via Sports Media Watch,

ESPN has edited a column by SportsCenter anchor and hockey writer John Buccigross to no longer include a reference to a potential reunion between the network and the National Hockey League.

Buccigross, writing the season debut of his weekly hockey column, speculated that ESPN would gain the rights to air National Hockey League games for the first time since 2004.

“NHL players want it, the NHL wants it and ESPN wants it,” Buccigross wrote, “NBC and Versus somewhat holds the cards however, so we will have to wait and see; but my guess is yes. ESPN will have a piece of the pie.”

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

added 10:13am, via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

If something is close between the NHL and ESPN (with consent from Versus), it’s perhaps understandable that ESPN would keep a lid on speculation from within.

It’s not good journalism, but it might be good for business.

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