Kukla's Korner Hockey
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.
For me, it was Calgary/Vancouver last night. Even though the game was broadcast in high definition by both teams, my only choice on DirecTV was the Vancouver feed in standard definition.
Yes I have heard all the reasons in the past, contract issue, bandwidth issue but whatever the issue is, isn't it time it is fixed?
2013 Folks, not 2003.
The game last night was not the only game I watched in SD this season and I am sure not the last. But it gets frustrating knowing the game is in HD but for some reason, I am not getting it.
January 23, 2013 – CBC and Scotiabank are celebrating Canada’s national pastime and the heart that defines the players and communities involved in the game with the 13th edition of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The day-long broadcast on CBC features all seven Canadian NHL teams in action on Saturday, February 9 from Peterborough, ON.
from a Sportsnet press release,
TORONTO (January 22, 2013) The fans have spoken! Sportsnet, Canada’s prime destination for all things hockey, kicked off the start of its NHL broadcast schedule with authority, recording its largest audience ever for an NHL regional game with an average of 1.1 million (2+) viewers tuning in to the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener vs. the Buffalo Sabres last night on Sportsnet Ontario at 7 p.m. ET. Sportsnet has produced five Canadian NHL regional broadcasts in the first three days of the NHL season, delivering double to triple digit audience growth across all of its broadcasts.
January 21, 2013 – What a way to start the 60th season of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA! Canadians embraced the return of the game and the iconic show on Saturday night as more than 3.3 million viewers watched the 7 p.m. ET match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, making it the most-watched regular season Prime East game ever on CBC. Earlier in the day, the Ottawa Senators/Winnipeg Jets game set a new standard for Saturday afternoon games with an average audience of nearly 1.5 million viewers.
“Hockey is back in a big way and we’re proud to have connected Canadians to the sport they love while celebrating the start of the 60th season with a new in-studio team and format,” said Julie Bristow, Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC. “These tremendous audiences are a reflection of not only our country’s passion for the game, but also of the world class quality of our Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts that fans value and expect every Saturday night.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
A couple months from now, we all may be applauding Hockey Night In Canada’s producers for the patience they showed while allowing the new five-man panel to work through some early growing pains. But hey, we might be raving about Lance Armstrong’s appointment as the head of WADA too, right?
If the group–host Ron MacLean, and commentators Elliotte Friedman, Kevin Weekes, Glen Healy and P.J. Stock–were simply an embarrassment of riches, then it might just be a matter of letting them find their rhythm. But outside of consummate professional MacLean and Friedman, who has established himself as the game’s top studio presence, the rest of the crew came off like the unprepared guy at the meeting who feels like he has to say something, anything, to impress the boss. They were bland and noisy as they flailed to claim some space as their own. It all made for lousy TV.
The loss of Pierre LeBrun is considerable, but this is the wrong response. Look, Weekes is warm and personable and performs well in his NHL Network duties. HNIC clearly loves the excitable Stock, but they haven’t quite found a fit for him. Healy is an acquired taste, but he does have a unique voice. He just needs to find the right foil. Put one or two of them on the panel alongside Ron and Elliotte, maybe you have something. Drop all three at the desk? You have a mess.
One bad show doesn’t mean they’ll abandon the five-man experiment. But here’s hoping it’ll be on a very short leash.
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added 2:30pm, more on the ratings below from a press release from NBC.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Don Cherry was yelling at the television camera, as he always does. But during the first intermission of his first Saturday night back at Hockey Night in Canada, the bombastic commentator was also gloating over something that happened before the first puck was dropped — the firing of Brian Burke as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs....
“Remember in Anaheim, he had all Canadian guys? He starts getting U.S. college guys, Finns and Swedes,” Cherry bellowed on Saturday night. “What is this? Truculent, pugnacious and stuff like that? You’re kidding.”
Toronto fired Burke on Jan. 9., replacing him with assistant Dave Nonis. Cherry went on what sounded like a loud victory lap during his Coach’s Corner segment, invoking everything from Burke’s long-time friendship with (fired) coach Ron Wilson to his decision last season to demote tough guy Colton Orr.
I will post a video of Coaches Corner when it becomes available.
added 9:54pm, Watch tonight's Coach's Corner below...
60 Years of Hockey Night in Canada, their opening montage tonight.
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