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LOS ANGELES – Four veteran play-by-play announcers will work Kings telecasts this season on FOX Sports West as Bob Miller, the club’s Hall of Fame broadcaster, takes a reduced on-air role with the club for the first time.
As announced last month, Miller returns to the FOX Sports West booth for his 44th season and the Kings’ 50th Anniversary as he calls 58 games. For the 17 games Miller is not slated to work, Gary Thorne (eight games), Chris Cuthbert (four games), Ralph Strangis (four games) and Jiggs McDonald (one game) will call the action alongside TV Analyst Jim Fox. McDonald, who served as the club’s very first broadcaster in 1967, will now have called an LA Kings game in their first year and again during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The game-by-game schedule is listed below.
NEW YORK (OCT. 12, 2016) – With a new NHL regular season upon us, hockey fans will have more digital access points – and team-centric customizable opportunities – than ever with a new suite of product updates and launches as part of the NHL’s long-term digital partnership with BAMTech. This season will see fans’ consumption experiences expand to a wide array of devices and platforms – including live streaming, mobile app, in-venue, social media, original team content, and more.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
“Some people say you don’t watch shows for the host, well, if that was true, we wouldn’t pay them what we pay them,” says Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers.
“I think Ron will have a major impact on ratings. We already saw it in World Cup of Hockey, because people want to hear what Ron has to say. His ability to talk hockey is different than most hosts . . . he’s just got an ease of being able to talk hockey because of his encyclopedic knowledge.”
That said, people didn’t follow MacLean to Sundays the past two years, with ratings averaging less than a half million for that night, which is considered disappointing, although it might help now that he links both weekend broadcasts.
When asked what all this says about hockey fans, and whether they need their coverage to be like comfort food, MacLean doesn’t fight that I’ve just basically called him mashed potatoes.
“Well, I think we want everything to be like that. I think we want everything to be like Norman Rockwell in the end. We flip back and forth between hero worship and witch hunts in all that we do. If you catch us on a good day we’re generous and loving, and if you catch us on a bad day, we’re critical to the point of cynical,” he says. “Obviously, I am just the beneficiary of that epic lesson. It is one of those tested and true formulas that I happen to get caught up in, but it’s because I’ve been here for 28 years. It’s as simple as that.”
TORONTO (October 7, 2016) Saturday. It’s going to be a good day. Canada’s love affair with the game of hockey continues Saturday, Oct. 15 as Hockey Night in Canada hits the ice for its 64th season. Headlined by a combination of both new and familiar faces, captivating storytelling, analysis and interviews, and the biggest star of the night - the games themselves - hockey’s show of record is set to deliver all of the memorable moments and greatest stories from the 2016-17 NHL season.
from Robin Short of The Telegram,
Bob Cole has been calling National Hockey League games since 1969, but long before he reached the NHL, Cole was honing his craft while broadcasting games in Newfoundland. Robin Short writes that Cole, whose memoir is being launched today, is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen....
The Hockey Night in Canada Hall of Fame broadcaster speaks of painting a picture for the listeners and viewers, reminding the audience the Canadiens are in the red jerseys skating from left to right, the Leafs dressed in white.
It’s the stuff he learned from the great Foster Hewitt.
“Flow, that’s the word,” Cole writes. “Foster said, ‘Feel and flow.’ I use that now when I talk to guys about broadcasting.
“You’ve got to smell it. You’ve got to feel the game.”
Perhaps it’s entirely coincidental, but the brilliant Vin Scully called it a career last weekend after 67 years talking Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. Four days later, Cole — who will enter his 48th winter behind the mike doing NHL games — has the book release.
Using that parameter to draw a comparison between the two is perhaps a stretch, so instead we’ll get down to brass tacks: like Scully, who called the summer pastime like no one else, Cole is the best play-by-play man hockey has ever seen.
Better than Hewitt. Better than Danny Gallivan.
October 4, 2016 - With the 2016 - 2017 NHL season set to begin in eight days, NHL Network today announced it will expand its live weekday studio programming with a new show, NHL Now, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by E.J. Hradek, Steve Mears and new NHL Network host Michelle McMahon, NHL Now will originate from two different NHL Network studios and make its debut on the opening night of the season, Wednesday, October 12.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, explains what Hockey Night in Canada means to him.
TORONTO (September 30, 2016) O Canada! Hockey continues to reign supreme across the country, both on and off the ice, as 15.5 million people – more than 1 in 3 Canadians – watched some part of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament, which ended last night in spectacular fashion with Team Canada being crowned World Cup champion.
Last night’s hard-fought Game 2 Final delivered an average audience of 2.27 million viewers (2+), with more than 7.5 million Canadians tuning in to some part of the broadcast to see Team Canada come from behind with two goals late in the third period to defeat Team Europe, 2-1.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:
"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."
Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@
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