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from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.
“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”
Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.
Just some FYI’s from the networks. First, from TSN,
TSN today unveiled its comprehensive 2007/08 NHL on TSN national broadcast package, which features 70 regular season games highlighted by increased coverage of the Canadian clubs, three all-Canadian match-ups, 38 games in High Definition, the weekly staple Wednesday Night Hockey, the addition of analyst Mike Milbury, the return of Molson That’s Hockey, extensive preview shows, five Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts, and the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And at Sportsnet:
Bill Clement, one of the most recognizable and respected voices in hockey, joins Rogers Sportsnet beginning Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/MT/PT) on Hockeycentral Season Preview.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.
Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.
Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.
InDemand has Center Ice information up. Today is the first day it appeared online.
Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Broadcast booths throughout the NHL are chock-a-block full of former players working as colour commentators, but Randy Moller is taking one giant leap for microphone mankind by actually calling the games for the Florida Panthers this season.
Moller, who grew up in Red Deer, was the 11th overall player picked in the ‘81 draft, going to the Quebec Nordiques. The defenceman played more than 800 NHL games, winding up his career in Florida in the mid 90s.
He’s worked as a host and colour guy on the radio games as the Panthers’ VP of broadcasting and will now be the first former player to call games full-time.
Veteran NHL player, coach and GM Mike Milbury already has one of the more diverse resumés in hockey. Now he can add another title. TSN today announced Milbury is joining the NHL on TSN broadcast team as a studio analyst, marking his debut as an analyst on Canadian television.
Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23 all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach’s Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.
If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.
I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.
The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Despite Canada’s domination of the junior hockey Super Series, the tournament was a success at the gate and on television.
The event worked so well that Hockey Canada wants to do it again, or at least is looking into reprising the tournament next summer, with Canada playing the United States.
The CBC announced the launching of HNIC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Friday, bringing back the show’s radio roots which started 74 years ago.
HNIC Radio will air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1 on channel 122, and will be available to Sirius listeners throughout North America. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“This is a wonderful extension of the Hockey Night in Canada brand,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
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