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Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award And Foster Hewitt Memorial Award Recipients Announced

TORONTO (June 29, 2020) -  Frank Seravalli, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that Tony Gallagher will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Rick Peckham will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

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Meet Mike Milbury

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In his garden, he is “Mellow Mike.” He and his family, including nine grandchildren, will soon enjoy the annual summer yield of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, arugula, oregano, and basil from his quiet Needham backyard. All 100 percent organically fed.

When the harvest arrives, he mused, “You know what you’re eating for a few weeks.”...

At the end of July, if all goes according to plan, the NBC hockey team will report to its Stamford, Conn., studio. Milbury expects the broadcast to emanate from there, with drastically reduced staffing and social distancing, though it’s possible they could travel for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. NESN commentator Andy Brickley said for as long as the league allows local coverage, he expects to broadcast from Watertown.

“It might be six games a day for the first couple weeks,” Milbury said. “It’ll be nonstop hockey, that’s for sure.”

He doesn’t expect the Bruins to be lagging behind.

“I was talking with [assistant coach] Joe Sacco, and he was saying how their practices are short, and the pace is so high. This group is really good in the gym. They know how to take care of themselves. That’s a big factor.”

Milbury, like his first NHL coach, Don Cherry, is not stingy with his opinions. He is the object of Internet snark, from his time running the “Fish Sticks” Islanders and the infamous MSG shoe incident. If you’re a longtime Bruins fan, you may remember him as a hard-nosed guy from Walpole (and Brighton) who went the whole way in a Spoked-B. In the early ’80s, he also was the lone dissenting voice among players in a battle with powerful agent/NHLPA head Alan Eagleson.

“Mike was never afraid to sell himself,” Rick Middleton said, noting Milbury was one of the first whistleblowers against the later-disgraced Eagleson. “Never afraid to step into an [expletive] storm, and never afraid to open his mouth, whether he could back it up or not.”

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Breaking News Or Breaking The News

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

All this, of course, raises any number of uncomfortable questions for TSN and Sportsnet, which are NHL rights holders and also have an ownership stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Did the decision to spike the story come from corporate headquarters? Did it come from the Leafs?

Simmons, who’s been a longtime contributor on TSN, poked around for some answers and got some conflicting messages. One suggested Matthews’s positive test was a personal health matter, which made it out of bounds. But both TSN and Sportsnet reported on the positive COVID tests of, among others, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

Why is Matthews different?

Can’t tell you. But we can tell you it’s part of a media landscape in which the lines between teams and the people who report on them have been blurred beyond recognition; a landscape where every attempt is made to manage availability in order to create homogeneous storylines; where access to information and sources is directly linked to what’s reported and when it’s reported.

This, of course, serves the purposes of the leagues and their individual teams. It just doesn’t serve the purposes of their audience but, over time, that’s also changed. Fans seem willing to consume news served in a diluted form. Either that or they’ve been conditioned to accept it. Don’t know.

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Video- The Calls Of Chris Cuthbert

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

With Chris Cuthbert returning to Hockey Night In Canada, we decided to count down his greatest play by play calls of all-time.

 

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More Than Hockey

from Scott Soshnick of Variety,

It won’t be a glitzy Las Vegas affair — replete with a red carpet, showgirls and a celebrity guest list — but the National Hockey League isn’t letting June pass without putting on a show. In lieu of its annual awards program, the league will air “NHL Pause: Post to Post” on NBCSN Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet, in Canada). Model Camille Kostek will host the 30-minute show, narrating a slew of social clips created in hockey’s absence and even handing out some (virtual) hardware.

“We’re getting close to announcing our return to play,” NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer told Sportico, Penske Media’s new sports platform. “We’re going to start focusing way more on hockey, and we’re going to put what we’ve been doing during the pause to the side a little bit. Hopefully we can put a nice bow around it with this program.”

With a vibe somewhere between “American’s Funniest Home Videos” and a high school graduation sizzle reel, the show will conclude with one social media personality winning the prize for the best online content posted during the NHL’s hiatus.

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the creativity from fans and players on social media… so why not put it all together and mash it up into a fun show?” Kostek said. “I had a lot of fun taking everyone behind the scenes of their moments at home that will make many people smile.”

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Report- Next NHL TV Contract May Be Delayed

from Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing,

It doesn’t appear that we’re going to be learning the NHL’s next television home until sometime in 2021.

According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, the NHL is halting all negotiations regarding its next rights deal until the end of 2020. More specifically, they’re waiting for the NFL to get their rights deals done. To date, the NFL has only re-upped with Amazon for another three years, while ESPN (expiring after the 2021 season), CBS, Fox, and NBC (all of which expire after the 2022 season) have still not been renewed. All (understandably) want to remain in business with the NFL going forward.

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Kevin Weekes Takes A Stance Against The GTHL

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

A former NHL goalie who now works as a broadcaster for the NHL Network, says he won’t reference the Greater Toronto Hockey League on television again until the amateur league begins disclosing statistics about how often players are penalized for making racial slurs.

“I’m not mentioning the GTHL on the air if I can help it until there is reform,” Kevin Weekes said in an interview on Saturday with TSN. “I’m on TV almost 200 days a year, on four different shows on the league network. I like to give credit both to players and to the organizations that help develop them.

“I talk about a player’s time in the GTHL and that’s a free commercial for them. At this point, I’m not as proud to say I played in the GTHL. I’m not here to aid and abet. I won’t be complicit.”

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A Tough Day For Some Hockey Writers

The Athletic had to make hard decisions today by cutting eight percent of their staff which includes some recognizable hockey writers.

Hopefully when our game returns at some point, they will be given the opportunity to write again.

In the meantime, best to all of them.

Craig Morgan, Joe Yeardon, Ken Wiebe, George Richards, Tom Reed and Marc Dumont.

Apologies if I missed anyone.

added 4:54pm, Sean Gordon is now included. added 7:11pm, John Glennon.

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Chris Cuthbert Joins Sportsnet

June 5, 2020 – One of the best in the business is coming on board as Sportsnet welcomes award-winning broadcaster – and one of the country’s most recognizable hockey voices – Chris Cuthbert to the Sportsnet family.

Bringing more than 30 years of broadcast excellence, an undeniable passion for the game and an unwavering dedication to Canadian viewers to the network, Chris is set to join the NHL on Sportsnet team as play-by-play announcer upon the league’s return to play.

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Broadcasts Of Games Will Look And Sound Different

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

If and when the NHL is able to return from COVID-19 and the current rioting, Commissioner Gary Bettman has promised hockey fans that you are going to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV like you have never watched them before.

“You have to see what you can do that will be a little different. I mean, one of the things our head of events and content Steve Mayer is focusing on when it comes to playing without fans is ‘What do we do so the experience conveys itself well on television?’” said Bettman.

“The number of things we have to check the boxes on other than simply playing is off the charts.”

The NHL is planning the TV presentation with the network people with the idea that, if nothing else, empty-seat games provide opportunity.

There’s unlimited choice, for example, where to place the TV cameras and the number of them that you’d be able to use would be virtually unlimited.

Then there’s sound.

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