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Toronto/Montreal and Carolina/Winnipeg...
A behind the scenes look at the broadcast control room at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes joined Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey of HNIC for just over 8 minutes of hockey and non-hockey talk...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean touched on a few topics, including the death of Terry Trafford.
Mr. Cherry also sporting a bit of green tonight.
Ottawa vs. Montreal.
Tonight's Inside Hockey feature with Elliotte Friedman was on David Glen, a Penn State forward who was involved in a marrow donation.
The group discussed the recent IOC decision on Nicklas Backstrom, talks about Markus Nalsand joining the Canucks' management group and the recent recommendations from the GM meetings.
Also discussed the NHL Draft Lottery odds and making it simple on some goal calls.
added 8:40pm, Here is more from Friedman on Naslund,
from Avi Goldberg of The Huffington Post Canada,
Whether it's the undeniable growth in women's participation in the game, the argument that women hockey players and media want and deserve more exposure, or questions about the readiness of NHL players to welcome an openly gay teammate, there's stuff to talk about. There's exciting journalism confronting the complex ways gender awareness is changing sports and society. If its host denies connections between sports and the serious, can the new HNIC step up when these challenges surface in hockey?
Finally, in today's hockey media, bloggers, and some mainstream journalists, are ramping up their analyses of the game by using a battery of non-traditional analytic statistics. Though different from the social issues described above, this trend represents innovation that's not quickly being welcomed by all in the hockey world. Bringing advanced stats to HNIC would carry risk, but it would also offer new tools for analysts who've long been critiqued for providing precious little in the way of informative explanation of what happens on the ice. Which kind of host is more open to trying? A fan-host who's thinking about viewers' habits and comforts or a journalist-host who's attracted to the challenge of exploring the possibilities of the new?
I admit, maybe most fans just want the good old hockey game on Saturday nights, and don't really want to be challenged. And, I actually do have faith that Strombo will be open to trying new things. But, there will be much more potential for the new HNIC to turn the page on its recent languid past if Strombo were to embrace reporting on the seriousness of the game of hockey to society, rather than suggesting that, because it's just sports, there really isn't that much of a need.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
Who was the big winner in Rogers' shakeup earlier this week of "Hockey Night in Canada"?
Some might conclude it was George Stroumboulopoulos. Indeed, the 41-year-old CBC talk show host and former MuchMusic VJ has been handed what is arguably the best on-air TV job in Canada—host of "Hockey Night in Canada." The iconic TV franchise is so ingrained in Canadian culture it is right up there with the Mounties and the Maple Leaf.
Those feeling sorry for departing host Ron MacLean, however, can put off the pity party. By this time next year, MacLean may be seen as the big winner.
MacLean has been offered about as sweet an after-deal as just about anybody departing a top job could hope for—the chance to be a key part of a whole new night of a famous sports franchise. It's a bit like being asked to go from "Monday Night Football" to "Sunday Night Football," a U.S. transition where the new night now routinely outdraws the original Monday showcase.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
“You know? The good Lord has been a friend of mine; he’s looked after me up to this point, and I still talk to Him fairly often — and I guess it’s up to Him,” he said. “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a lot of people, really.”
Cole was speaking with host Andi Petrillo in an interview aired on the CBC’s website, as the ground around the flagship hockey program continued to shift. Starting next season, a new organization will be in charge of Hockey Night, and new faces will appear.
“I’d like to keep going,” Cole told Petrillo. “I feel good. I love the game. I still get passionate. I still get butterflies. If any of that changed, I’d think about packing it in. But maybe they’ll get rid of me before I get rid of myself.”
added 1:53pm, Added the CBC Hockey Hangout with Bob Cole, watch/listen below...
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