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Afternoon Line- Mickey Redmond

“It’s been an incredible ride, unbelievable. I never could have imagined it would happen this way, it’s the greatest game in the world. I love being around the kids. Every time they drop the puck it’s a different script. For me it’s as good as it gets. I couldn’t feel more blessed to be doing what I do.”

-Mickey Redmond, former NHL player and current color analyst for the Detroit Red Wings.  Ansar Khan of Mlive has more from Redmond who will be roasted Saturday to benefit the Jamie Daniels Foundation.

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Watching The NHL In Russia

NEW YORK (September 5, 2019) - Yandex, one of Europe's largest internet companies and the leading search provider in Russia, has entered into an agreement with the National Hockey League to broadcast all NHL® games in Russia, via its streaming platform. The multiyear deal begins with the 2019-20 season, which opens on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

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Nick Kypreos Done At Sportsnet

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Russ Conway Passes Away At Age 70

from Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune,

Former Eagle-Tribune executive sports editor and hockey writer Russ Conway has passed away.

Conway, 70, was renowned in many circles for his coverage of professional hockey and auto racing. He guided The Eagle-Tribune sports section for three decades.

His death was confirmed by his longtime colleague, friend and attorney, Peter Caruso.

Among his many honors, Conway was awarded the prestigious Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for journalists in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.

He not only was noted for his coverage of the sport for his entire career, starting with the Boston Bruins in 1967, he was especially praised for his work to expose corruption in pro hockey at the highest levels.

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Mike Milbury Wants To Stay Old School When It Comes To Analyzing The Game

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Be it in the studio alongside Keith Jones in Stamford, Conn., or in a broadcast booth with the likes of Mike Emrick, ex-Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury is about to embark on his 13th season as part of NBC’s NHL coverage....

The ever-blunt Milbury, 67, fills a more versatile broadcast role than the more narrowly defined life he led on the Boston blue line for a dozen seasons (1975-87), which had him cast in a stay-at-home and slug-it-out role (1,552 penalty minutes in 754 games).

During his tenure with NBC, Milbury has been the guy in the cast most likely to say whatever pops into his head, albeit with a tiny bit more self-restraint and censoring than his ex-coach, Don Cherry, who made a fortune the last 30-plus years as Canada’s premier loose cannon during NHL broadcasts.

For the upcoming season, the NHL plans to mine a massive amount of player data through its new Puck and Player Tracking system. Just how NBC or any of the league’s other broadcast entities plan to integrate the data treasure trove remains to be seen. Milbury sounds like a guy who still would prefer to wrap his hands around an opposing forward’s neck than to, say, dive into a fresh load of numbers about puck possession or speed of the puck as it rockets off a player’s blade.

“I have zero interest in it,” Milbury said this past week, reached by telephone at his home in the Boston suburbs. “I know they’re counting on it, but I’ve made my feelings known. No thanks. I mean, every move measured and calculated . . . what the [bleep] is the fun in that?! I guess I could be wrong, and there’ll be something in all of it that will catch my eye, but..."

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NBC Sports Group Schedule For The NHL

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

NBC Sports’ 2019-20 NHL television schedule, being released today, suggests a belief that the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils have become better entertainment options.

The Nathan MacKinnon-led Avalanche will be featured 12 times, compared with six times last season. The Stars will appear six times, compared with once last season. The Devils, adding P.K. Subban, Russian standout Nikita Gusev and No. 1 draft pick Jack Hughes, have gone from one appearance to four.

“(The Avalanche) are a spectacular team to watch,” said Sam Flood, executive producer & president, Production, NBC & NBC Sports Network.  “MacKinnon is the real deal. I thought he was as good as a player as stepped on the ice in the playoffs. The more we can expose him to a broader audience, the better it will be for the growth of the league.”

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added 10:06am, NBC press release is below.

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Fox Interested In The NHL

from Brian Giuffra of the Big Lead,

From his standing desk inside Fox’s expansive urban office on 6th Avenue in Manhattan, Mark Evans surveys the landscape of the future of the sports media world with insight and authority few in the industry possess. For one, he’s the SVP of Sales at Fox Sports, meaning he plays a big role in what happens at one of the largest media companies in the world and has intimate conversations with other powerful people who likewise hold media insights few have. But perhaps even more important than that, Evans has been working in sales for a long time, 25 years at Fox to be exact, starting there around the same time they acquired the rights to air NFL games and rising as the company around him did as well.

“The change in media has been seismic on literally every level,” Evans says. “And there’s more to come.”

During an hour-plus long conversation with The Big Lead, Evans opened the door to several interesting subjects and provided us with insights on everything from the developing relationship between gambling and sports, the future of live sports distribution, and Fox’s role in the current and future of American sports coverage, which is where we’ll start today....

Fox has also expanded its coverage of niche sports like surfing, bowling, car racing and others in addition to its NFL, MLB, FIFA and college football portfolio. So where else could Fox go?

“Hockey,” Evans said. “Hockey’s [TV rights] are up after two more seasons. That could be a place that we’d like to delve back into.”

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Ray Ferraro- From Player To Hockey Analyst

from Sasha Kandrach of NewYorkIslanders.com,

Whether you know him as a pesky, intense, point-grabbing center polished broadcaster between the benches of a national broadcast, or analyst up in the studio, if you're a hockey fan, you definitely know Ray Ferraro. While it's been 18 years since Ferraro wrapped up his impressive 18-year career in the NHL, the now 54-year-old hasn't missed a beat in the hockey world.

"This will be my 18th year broadcasting full-time and I played for 18 years," Ferraro said. "It's hard to believe the same length of time. When I broke in at 1984 to the way the game is played now, it barely looks the same. Everything is different. It's been really cool to be around it and to see the changes, the way the game has grown, to see the struggles along the way and how things are trying to evolve and advance. I lived my dream and I got to keep living it."

During his impressive 18-year tenure in the NHL, the left-shot center had 898 points (408G, 490A) through a whopping 1258 games. Ferraro suited up for the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Atlanta Thrashers, the St. Louis Blues and was a member of the beloved 1992-93 New York Islanders squad.

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The NHL Network Will Televise The Last Three Days Of The World Junior Showcase

original post was on 7/22/19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that NHL Network will televise live the final three days of games at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.

The week-long event will include 11 international competitions featuring the best Under-20 players from four nations - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden - auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Collectively, the four teams have skated in at least one of the last three IIHF World Junior Championship gold-medal games. In 2017, the U.S. defeated Canada in a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory before Canada topped Sweden, 3-1, a year later. This past January, Finland edged the U.S., 3-2, to win gold.

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Morning Line- Bob McKenzie

“We’re at family functions and they get sick of us looking at our phone, or having to duck out to take a call, or send a text or be late for something.”

-Bob McKenzie of TSN on being a hockey insider.  Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic (paid) has more on a few of the media members known as hockey insiders.

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