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Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed...
Don Cherry on the play of P.K. Subban who has only one goal but 20 assists.
Next up was Cherry talking about Adam Henrique and then the alley-oop pas from Stempniak last night for the Devils.
Cherry had a complaint about Gustav Nyquist calling out the too many men on the ice penalty last night against the Devils.
Next topic was Nazem Kadri then a video of Ben Bishop getting a stick through his goalie mask.
Then Max Domi taking a puck to his face last night was talked about.
A few more topics including a teddy bear toss, the Edmonton Oilers and Glen Sather ends the segment.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Television ratings for Hockey Night In Canada may be down this season but there was some good news for the show this week – viewers are slowly coming around to the Rogers Media version of the NHL broadcasts.
A survey by the Angus Reid Institute of 1,522 Canadian adults found fewer of them miss the CBC version of the show than in the 2014-15 season, the first year it came under the control of Rogers’s Sportsnet network. And while there is still a strong attachment to former host Ron MacLean, more viewers are getting used to George Stroumboulopoulos, who replaced MacLean as host of the Saturday night show.
The poll found that 63 per cent of those surveyed either do not miss the CBC version of Hockey Night or still miss it but are getting used to the new format. Thirty-seven per cent said they still miss the CBC broadcast. In last year’s survey, 45 per cent of the respondents said they missed the CBC show while 41 per cent said they did not have a preference and 14 per cent said they like the Sportsnet version better.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
While NHL TV ratings are down across the board on average for Rogers for the first seven weeks this season, as expected the worst news concerns the Maple Leafs, the team that drives the numbers because it is in the largest broadcast market in Canada.
The combined ratings for the Leafs on all the Rogers-connected networks that carry them, CBC, Sportsnet and City, are down 30 per cent from Oct. 7 through Nov. 21 according to Numeris, the only company in Canada that compiles broadcast ratings.
In 16 games carried on the CBC, Sportsnet or City networks, the average audience for Leafs games was 863,825 viewers, down from 1,226,264 in the same period last year, when 14 games were shown. The difference is that in the first seven weeks of the 2014-15 season, the Leafs were still a playoff contender, unlike this season when they are in rebuilding mode and in last place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division by Thursday night.
The drop in viewership also means a corresponding dip in advertising revenue for Rogers, which gambled heavily on NHL hockey by grabbing the league’s Canadian national broadcast rights in 2014 for $5.2-billion over 12 years.
Topics from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include...
The first bit was the close offside or not play in OT of the Winnipeg/Washington game.
Then Don Cherry explained some cross-ice passes on the offensive rush.
Next up videos of some nice back passes with Cherry commentary.
The next topic was nets tipping over because they are top-heavy.
A few fights from some superstars was the next topic which Don Cherry does not like.
The last topic was the play of Boone Jenner.
Watch the video...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
In over a decade of calling Boston Bruins games, Jack Edwards has been called many things: homer, hyper, loud.
Add innovative to that list.
In his spare time, Edwards, 58, has been studying computer code and he has developed his own app to help him with his game calls by organizing lines and other information on players and teams. Now he’s hoping to bring his app to the sports broadcasting world at large.
“I try to put information in a place where I can create easy pathways to it, so I can go from a player on a play-by-play chart, to a bio page, to a directory where I can instantly look up a game Patrice Bergeron played against the Maple Leafs in 2007 because something was ringing in my memory,” he explains....
In a lively hour-long chat, we spoke with Edwards about all things Bruins and broadcasting. The names of Tyler Seguin, Joe Thornton, and even Lance Armstrong are dropped as the play-caller discusses his craft.
Was the Seguin deal worse than the Joe Thornton trade?
Yeah. The problem with Joe is he’s just such a great guy. Even Steve Yzerman, as a player, had an a– h— factor. When Ryan Getzlaf is on his game, he’s nasty. Messier—who wanted to deal with Messier? Teammates didn’t even like him when he had his game face on. We’re talking about a guy who threw Mike Keenan out of the room in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The problem with Joe, he’s just such a nice guy. That feeling pervaded the team to the point where they were universally soft. [Then coach] Mike Sullivan tried every trick he knew—and he knows a lot of them—and Joe was a non-responder. That doesn’t make Joe a bad person. It just means he’s not a leader. They had him in a position of leadership because they thought putting the C on him would turn him into a leader, and they got their thinking totally backwards. Even though they got dimes on the dollar for Joe, they misread the personnel situation.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
For the season so far on Sportsnet, the Leafs are delivering an average audience of 478,000, a decrease of eight per cent from last year’s average or 518,000. Regular season regional numbers for the Leafs have long hovered around the half million mark. Sportsnet recorded its best numbers of the year (515,000) with Toronto versus Carolina on Nov. 20.
“While the ratings haven’t been where we would like them to be, they certainly are ahead of where they were at the end of last season,” said Sportsnet president Scott Moore. “I think the hardcore fans are buying into a plan, and they haven’t given up the way the fans did at the end of last year.”
“We’d always be happier to have the Leafs in contention and vying for a Stanley Cup, but I think the team was very clear with the fans with what to expect. I’m not personally all that surprised that they’ve had some success, as it’s not such a bad idea to lower expectations and then hopefully exceed them.”
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed last night's shootout between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders.
Next topic was P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher blocking shots with their hands and Cherry discussed the modern/old school gloves.
They moved on to talk goalies with Cherry saying Reimer is right up with many of the current, great goaltenders.
Cherry talked about how important it is to communicate on the ice, then pointed out a bad icing call against Edmonton last night against Detroit.
Next up was a few goals from Jamie Benn then Cherry introduced the video montage Sportsnet did last week.
Andrea Kremer joins Emrick on opening night, visits his home in Michigan and gets his thoughts on some of hockey’s most pressing issues.
via Hometown Hockey,
Danny Gallivan was not the first hockey broadcaster. That honour belongs to Foster Hewitt. But like Hewitt, Gallivan, who hailed from Sydney, N.S., had paved his own path and legacy as the voice of the Montreal Canadiens in an era that spanned 16 Stanley Cups. Dick Irvin, who joined him for many of those years in the booth, walks us through Gallivan’s legendary career behind the microphone.
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