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ESPN’s championship caliber commentator team begins coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when Team USA faces Team Europe in group play. The top team of Steve Levy and Barry Melrose will call the action. ESPN’s John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will call their first tournament game at 8 p.m. that night when Team Czech Republic faces off against Team Canada.
Former NHL goalie Darren Pang, who previously provided analysis for ESPN’s NHL coverage, will join the team as a game analyst and between-the-benches reporter for select games.
Linda Cohn and Toronto native Adnan Virk will host studio coverage throughout the group play stage of the tournament. Buccigross will take over as studio host for the Semifinals and Final when Levy and Melrose are in the booth. Coverage will feature NHL Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Chris Chelios in the studio for every game during the tournament. Virk will host the two-hour preview show on Friday, Sept 16, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with commentary and analysis from the entire Toronto-based group.
via Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News,
Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who missed the last two months of the Kings’ last regular season as he recovered from heart bypass surgery, will definitely be back for his upcoming 44th season — but it will be with a reduced schedule by mutual agreement of him and the team.
Miller, who turns 78 next month, sat out 33 games after his Feb. 2 surgery before returning as a spectator to watch the Kings open the playoffs in mid-April. “They said it would be a six-to-nine month recovery and I’m feeling pretty good now seven months from the surgery,” Miller said Friday from his West Hills home. “The team has been great in working on how to adjust the schedule for me.”
The Kings have not announced the specifics of the plan, but it will involve hiring another TV play-by-play man as to not disrupt the flow of the radio side with Hall of Famer Nick Nickson or KingsInsider.com Jon Rosen filling in.
While doing all home games and Pacific Division road contests, Miller will likely pass on about 20 games that involve extended road trips that focus on East Coast travel, such as most of the one that covers nine games in 17 days from Dec. 13-29.
from Michael Skarka of ESPN MediaZone,
ESPN’s start-to-finish World Cup of Hockey 2016 telecasts will have all the angles covered through innovative production techniques, top-tier commentary, creative enhancements and studio programming surrounding the games. The puck drops on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET when Team USA takes on Team Europe (ESPN2). All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president production and remote events, said, “ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey productions will bring viewers into the arena through a wide range of camera angles and in-depth commentary from experienced NHL voices. World Cups are all about national pride and cheering for your country. We will help elevate fans’ knowledge in this endeavor through our comprehensive on-site and studio coverage.”
ESPN will supplement the world feed of 31 cameras with additional cameras to provide more angles for enhanced coverage. One camera will be positioned on the main center ice platform giving ESPN the best access to its between benches reporter and isolation capabilities on both benches and players on the ice. Another will be placed in the slash position (near-side corner about halfway up the stands) and provide an interesting angle for on ice activity. A handheld camera will travel with on-ice reporter Leah Hextall.
All coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices via an affiliated video provider.
TORONTO (August 24, 2016) Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights –Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule).
Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games on the 2016-17 schedule include the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
via a release from the NHL PR department,
ESPN’s 12-game World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule will begin Thursday, September 8 with Team Sweden and Team Finland at 12 p.m. ET and the Czech Republic taking on Russia in St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. (both on ESPN3). Team Europe and Team North America – comprised of top players age 23 and under from both the United States and Canada – will meet in Quebec City at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 to conclude day one.
NEW YORK (July 25, 2016) – FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL® telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League (NHL) and FOX Sports announced today.
As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.
The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs.
from Andrew Liptak of The Verge,
Twitter is going to start live-steaming games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, in addition to a new nightly show called The Rally in conjunction with 120 Sports.
The games will be available once a week to viewers in the United States and to some select international markets. There’s no schedule or announced timeline for the rollout of this new feature.
The Rally will be available live each night, and will be produced by 120 Sports in a "distinct format designed to integrate with Twitter’s platform." Unlike the baseball or hockey games, this program appears to only be available to registered users in the United States.
added 9:35am, Full press release is below...
from Chris Peters of CBSSports,
Here are the five big things you need to know about the NBC NHL schedule for 2016-17, including how many times each team will be on:
1. Blackhawks will appear a league-high 21 times nationally, Flyers get 20 games
The league's most popular brand in terms of TV viewership, ticket sales and merchandise is unsurprisingly going to get a lot of run on NBC's platforms. On top of playing in their third Winter Classic next season - Jan. 2 against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium - the Blackhawks will have 25 percent of their regular-season schedule visible to a national audience. They are the biggest ratings driver the league has and NBC is going to milk that for all it's worth. This is the same amount of Blackhawks games they ordered for last season....
The Philadelphia Flyers, however, also have an extremely robust national TV schedule. They'll be on 20 times next season.
It should be noted that both Philadelphia and Chicago have all of their non-nationally broadcast games broadcast on regional Comcast Sports Networks, which are under the same umbrella as NBC Sports. That allows NBC to pull their feeds without having to send a full broadcast crew to those games.
from the Montreal Canadiens website,
When hockey players decide to hang up their skates, their desire to stay connected to the sport they played and were so very passionate about since childhood, is still as strong as ever before. Some end up working directly with their respective teams, while some decide to work on the other side of the microphone as TV or radio analysts. Many Habs alums now cover the Canadiens in one way or another, and we caught up with a few of them to learn more about their transition to the media. This week, we have Jose Theodore, who is an analyst for TVA Sports...
What was your perception of hockey journalists when you played? Has it changed now that you’re on the other side?
JT: As a player, it was definitely difficult to accept being criticized by those who had never played in the NHL, those who never had to make the same sacrifices it takes to get there. As a player it was an aspect of the relationship that I had a hard time accepting. It has not really changed nowadays because people will also always criticize the fact that I didn’t have to go through specific training or schooling in order to do my job. But when it comes to analyzing a game or situation, we former players know what we are talking about. I think that's why the television networks want us. We are not here to steal anyone’s job but at the same time our opinions are well respected.
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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
We sat down at length with the new late-night host of Hockey Night in Canada to talk about his path, his ideas, and the dream job he'd never dreamed of.
Here is Part 1 of our conversation.
SPORTSNET.CA: So, you get the host gig. Do you call Ron or George?
DAVID AMBER: I have not spoken with George. I called Ron after I found out the situation to touch base with him. I’ve known Ron having worked on Hockey Night for five years, and he’s always been a great mentor, not just to me but a lot of us in the business. He’s very thoughtful and kind and always has interesting perspective that can help you with your job. A supportive person professionally for me. So I reached out to him and we had a great conversation. It’s funny. People say, “Oh, are you excited to be working alongside Ron?” But we won’t be beside each other. He’ll hand the baton off, and I’ll run with it at night.
Will longer sit-down interviews be incorporated into your hosting duties?
I really hope to. One of the first conversations I had with Rob Corte [VP of Sportsnet and NHL production], I said, “As excited as I am to be a studio host, I’d like to do more and go out in the field and do sit-down interviews when appropriate." Longer-form interviews—that’s something I really enjoy doing, and there’s always stories to be told. The essence of what we do is storytelling. Bringing fans in and giving them a behind-the-velvet-rope look at athletes and their situations, what makes them tick.
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