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The HNIC experts discussed what it will take to get the NHL to say yes to the Olympics. If you don't watch the full video, at least catch the short interview with Rene Fasel in the early part of the segment.
I have a feeling and the HNIC experts agree, someone in the NHL office won't be happy with what Fasel said.
Plus the group discussed the Tim Thomas trade and mentioned if the league did a favor for Jeremy Jacobs?
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the the makeup of the Leafs and some of their fans, the fighting code in regards to the Rinaldo/Crombeen fight and a few other topics.
HDIC is not on NHL Network US this year, so hopefully many of you can pick-up the CBC broadcast.
February, 2013 – Peterborough, ON, serves as the primary backdrop for CBC’s coverage of the 13th Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, February 9, while communities all across the country are also celebrating the national pastime. Throughout the day-long broadcast next Saturday, CBC brings viewers stories of people and communities who embody this year’s theme of ‘Heart’, including live look-ins from events taking place across Canada, bringing people together through the game we love.
This year’s broadcast begins at 12 noon ET/9 a.m. PT with Ron MacLean live from Peterborough and the Under the Lock Hockey Tournament at the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Don Cherry joins MacLean later in the day as the scene shifts to an OHL game between the Peterborough Petes and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. From there, MacLean and Cherry will be joined by NHL Alumni to bring Canadians a full day of exciting events.
A few weeks ago, Verizon was kind enough to send me a HTC Droid DNA phone in order to test the NHL GameCenter app.
I've never really had a need for an app to follow the game because I am usually at home and have all the tools to access anything NHL releate in any way I wish.
But this morning, I went out to breakfast and noticed there was an update forthe NHL GameCenter app so I uploaded it and played with the app while at breakfast.
I was pleasantly surprised to fine a few fixes for some of the issues the app was experiencing, including video crashing problems.
So I reviewed last night's game between the Ducks and Stars and found the video to be in perfect sync with the audio and the video stream was as close to HD as you can get.
The app also supplies you with either a recap of games recently played or a preview of games which are about to be played.
Numerous types of stats are available too and to be honest, I can see anyone not stuck at home like me, finding this app very useful while you are commuting or away from a computer.
What really impresses me is the video quality, so sharp and easy to view, even for a guy with eye problems. If only the phone had an HDMI out, I would hook it up to my plasma and see how the video compares to my Center Ice package.
I think I may be able to do that since Verizon has offered to send me an Android tablet that will have an HDMI out.
I will keep you posted and I recommend you try out the NHL GameCenter app, especially since the recent upgrades of the app. You just may find a niche for it during a busy day or night.
Darren Dreger of TSN was on NHL Live today and the topics discussed were Michel Therrien in Montreal, Roberto Luongo, Calgary's goaltending situation and Getzlaf and Perry status in Anaheim.
Some of the topics Don Cherry touched on were PK Subban, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jordin Tootoo and Matt Duchene.
This Tuesday, I tuned into the Winnipeg/Montreal game on Center Ice via DirecTV and was pleasantly surprised to find the game, broadcast by TSN, being shown in glorious HD.
Yesterday, another TSN game, Montreal/Ottawa, no HD.
I still can't understand why some games are in HD and some are not. Confused, yes, upset, yes, explanation, top-secret information, no one wants to talk.
If you missed last week's mini-rant on this topic, you can review it here and make sure to read the comments. Other carriers have even bigger problems.
Another note about viewing habits- Up until a few days ago, US hockey fans when visiting Sportsnet.ca, were able to view and if they wished, embed most of the hockey videos from their site.
Now, nada, we cannot even view the videos, instead we see This video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location.
What? Are we not worthy of viewing the videos, not Canadian enough, what is it? My top of the head reaction to this is it is not the fault of Sportsnet, you can figure out the rest.
One league, the NHL, but so many different quirks when it comes to broadcasting and watching videos. When will this all stop and we as fans, can get what we want?
HNIC play-by-play man Jim Hughson has noticed more fighting this season. How about you?
Don Cherry talks Leafs, the Yakupov celebration, the new hand over the puck penalty, linesmen should drop the puck and a few more topics.
TORONTO (January 24, 2013) – Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that last night’s NHL ON TSN match-up featuring Toronto @ Pittsburgh was watched by an average audience of 1.4 million viewers – the network’s most-watched regular season NHL game since 2009.
Overall, nearly 4.8 million Canadians watched some part of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Audience levels peaked at 2.2 million viewers on TSN with just under two minutes left in the third period.
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