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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Canada’s TV numbers are in for the NHL all-star game and the numbers are down.
Sunday’s game that featured an absurd 29 goals drew 1.479 million viewers to CBC, nearly one million viewers less than the last all-star game in 2012 when 2.454 million people watched and 2011 when 2.363 million tuned in.
“Frankly it’s a little mystifying,” said Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “Somebody else asked me if I have an explanation and I don’t really.
“I just think they (the numbers) seem wrong.”
The ratings for the rest of the weekend were also down significantly compared to previous years.
Saturday’s super skills drew 1.7 million viewers to CBC, down from 2.5 million in 2012 and 2.4 million in 2011.
And Friday’s fantasy draft on Sportsnet drew a hair over half-a-million viewers, compared to 1.33 million in 2012 on TSN and 1.5 million in 2011.
If you missed it earlier, some numbers for US viewers...
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Yesterday Hometown Hockey was in Charlottetown, PEI.
Here is a video introduction and you can find more stories and videos here.
Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman talked about the Toronto Maple Leafs and trying to get their cap situation under control including some trade options.
Next up was the teams showing interest in Chris Stewart.
Also discussed was the Dan Carcillo cross-check, the Vancouver Canucks and the ticket drive in Las Vegas.
The items Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the fourth line of the New York Islanders and a few more topics.
Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at Hockey Night in Canada? Well, here's your chance to get a live, un-edited look inside our production truck for tonight's game between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders.
This is a live event so I cannot tell you when the feed will end, but take a minute or two and see how a production crew works.
from Ron MacLean of Hometown Hockey,
Tonight we opened with a nod to Jean Beliveau.
If I were to pick a place in Canada that personifies Jean, it would be Moncton. A large measure of this belief would stem from trying to understand Jean’s Acadian roots.
I owe Bouctouche, N.B. writer and playwright Antonine Maillet, Montreal author Noah Richler and Canadian philosopher and writer John Ralston Saul for my understanding of the Acadian people.
Beliveau’s ancestors moved to the Annapolis Valley, N.S., in the 1600s. In 1755 all Acadians were deported to the 13 colonies of the future United States of America, with Col. Robert Monckton carrying out the orders. Moncton, often known as the capitol of Acadia, bears the name of the man who exiled them. That says a lot. Beliveau’s people went to Boston. Then like most Acadians, they came home. The Acadians returned to either the region surrounding Moncton, southwestern Nova Scotia, or in the case of the Beliveaus, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
They returned without bitterness.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean topics from last night- P.K. Subban defensive play, the Canadian WJC team and other international teams, Roberto Luongo, the Edmonton Oilers, Randy Carlyle, Matt Cooke turtling yesterday and J.P. Parise.
from James Bradshaw of the Globe and Mail,
The Hockey Night crew gathers for the two teams’ morning skates, most still in jeans, clutching cups of coffee. They huddle in groups with scouts, coaches and assorted team brass. It is a time to pick up tidbits of information and feel out the tone for the game to come.
Up in the seats, Hockey Night play-by-play man Jim Hughson sits for a lengthy chat with Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. Before long, team president Brendan Shanahan joins in.
“It’s like a hockey fraternity,” says Glenn Healy, the former Leafs and New York Rangers goalie turned broadcaster, who will provide colour commentary from between the benches.
Ultimately, the broadcasters are hunting for the storylines that make one game feel different from every other. Toronto’s top line has struggled lately (a recurring theme); the Canucks have five Ontario-raised players returning to play in front of family and friends (defenceman Chris Tanev bought 30 tickets); Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller has a habit of dominating the Leafs.
The rink also needs to be primed. Rogers banked on technology to provide new angles on the game, and on this night, 29 cameras will track the action (TSN’s Grey Cup coverage had 33). Eight are robotic, including small, spherical cameras known as “cue balls” wedged into cutouts in the boards, or near the players’ knees on the bench.
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