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STAMFORD, Conn. – February 16, 2014 – NBCSN averaged 4.1 million viewers for Saturday’s thrilling USA-Russia Olympic men’s hockey game (7:30-10:30 a.m. ET/4:30-7:30 a.m. PT) – setting a record for the most-watched hockey game in the network’s history (previous: 4.0 million for Blackhawks-Bruins in 2013 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3), according to live plus same day fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company. Viewership for the game peaked at 6.4 million from 10-10:30 a.m. ET during the tension-laden, eight-round shootout and is the most-watched half hour in NBCSN history.
from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
For a generation of St. Louis hockey fans who were learning what the NHL was all about in the Blues’ infancy, Dan Kelly was their tour guide. He became the team’s radio voice in its second season and not only educated listeners but hooked them with his simple, yet electric, signature goal call.
“He shoots ... he SCORRRES!”
But it was Kelly who also scored, as he developed into one of the most iconic sportscasters in a city that has produced an inordinate number of nationally known figures. And like many of those on a list that includes Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Joe Garagiola, Jay Randolph, Dan Dierdorf, Bob Costas, Gary Bender and Joe Buck, Kelly reached the big time.
His epic run lasted 21 seasons, and it now has been a quarter century since his voice was silenced. It was 25 years ago Monday that he died, at age 52, from cancer.
NEW YORK (February 11, 2014) – NHL Network will air a new half-hour live program during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the National Hockey League announced today. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 23, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition presented by McDonald’s will chronicle the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament through interviews, game analysis, news and highlights.
Hosted by Kathryn Tappen live from Sochi, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will bring viewers the latest in the men's Olympic hockey competition. Joining Tappen from NHL Network's studio in Toronto will be co-hosts EJ Hradek and Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson, Jamie McLennan and Kevin Weekes.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean live from Sochi discussed the first period of Canucks/Leafs plus other topics including Cherry talking about the 1972 series between the USSR and Canada.
via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ television broadcaster Pete Weber underwent a successful heart procedure this morning in a St. Paul, Minn. hospital. He is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital recovering for the next couple days before returning to Nashville. He will miss tonight’s (at Minnesota) and Saturday’s (vs. Anaheim) Predators’ games.
Willy Daunic will work with Terry Crisp on the Fox Sports Tennessee telecasts tonight and Saturday while Milwaukee Admirals’ play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims will join Stu Grimson on the radio call tonight on 102.5 The Game.
The Predators and Predators’ fans wish Pete a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to play-by-play duties when fully recovered.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
My favorite Don Cherry moment? It was at the grand opening of his bar in Windsor, Ontario, back in the early ’80s. The man was standing at the back of the room holding court when he saw me walking up looking like a David St. Hubbins starter kit. He stopped, stared and let me have it. “Whaddya doin’ with that hair? You look like a sheepdog! Get a haircut, fer cryin’ out loud!”
That’s Grapes, right? The man has never shied away from sharing his honest opinion and whether you love him or hate him, you know he’s not playing to the crowd. He always gives it to you straight.
And, truth be told, I probably could have used a trim.
That interaction came to mind with the news that the ageless wonder is celebrating his 80th birthday today. And since we can’t get him what he really deserves–a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame–let’s honor his first day as an octogenarian with a look back at eight memorable Don Cherry moments — for better or worse– that we’ve all shared:
The health of Steven Stamkos was the first topic discussed by the Hotstove panel made up of Glenn Healy, Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos.
Up next was Ryan Callahan and Kypreos is saying Sather is trying to generate interest from other teams but one Western Conference team says Callahan is asking for too much.
The Canadian dollar and escrow was the next topic. Healy says with the Canadian dollar dropping will mean the players will be giving more money to escrow.
You can watch the video below:
Don Cherry opened the segment solo and Ron MacLean entered, live from Sochi, after Cherry discussed the Prust/Bishop incident from earlier today.
I was waiting for Marlin Perkins to appear in the opening...
from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators and Bell Media announced today they have reached a comprehensive new 12-year regional broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship agreement that will make TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of the Ottawa Senators through the 2025-2026 season.
Bell Media’s 12-year partnership with the Ottawa Senators includes five major components:
- English-language regional television broadcast rights for TSN – a minimum of 52 regular season and pre-season games
- French-language regional television broadcast rights for RDS – a minimum of 40 regular season and pre-season games
- English-language broadcast rights for TSN Radio 1200 – all games
- French-language radio broadcast rights – all games
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