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STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features that explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.
Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. NBC’s HDIA presentation continues at 3:30 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings.
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TORONTO (February 13, 2017) Sportsnet is heading to the shores of the Lake of the Woods this Saturday to celebrate the 17th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration. Hosted live from Kenora, ON, the 13.5-hour marathon broadcast features four must-see matchups with all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action, beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT on Sportsnet, CBC, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.
Celebrating the spirit of tradition and history, Ron MacLean will be on the ground in Kenora to host the day’s festivities alongside several guests, including Don Cherry and NHL alumni Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, Mike Richards, Rick St. Croix, Bryan Trottier and Darcy Tucker. Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman, two-time Olympic gold medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Sportsnet Central’s Ken Reid will also make appearances throughout the day.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
Virtual reality is about to have a faceoff with hockey fans. Canadian viewers will get the chance to try 360 VR, the immersive video technology that allows viewers 360-degree viewing, over the next six Saturday broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada. There will be one 360 VR-compatible game each week, starting with the Calgary-Vancouver broadcast next Saturday.
The technology, available through the Sportsnet app, will require viewers to have a capable smart phone and a headset similar to Google Cardboard. You can also watch online and use your mouse to explore the views at Sportsnet.ca.
Molson Canadian, which is partnering with the sports network, will be packing 350,000 headsets into cases of beer. The sets will come with a PIN code to access additional content.
“We thought it was an interesting technology that we think has some legs, but is still in it infancy,” said Rob Corte, Sportsnet’s vice president of production. “We looked at this as an opportunity to present the game in a different way, to give a new experience to the viewers that we could expand relatively easily, so that a lot of people got a chance to experience it.”
“I think it remains to be seen what type of players still go. There's still the international leagues, which have a lot of former NHL players. There’s certainly quality players from around the world. I believe whatever happens it will be a quality hockey tournament.
“We would like the NHL to be there. We’ve made that clear to them. Hockey for the most part won’t be on NBC (but rather on cable channels), and hockey for the most part, given the time difference, will be late at night and early morning. So it’s not going to affect the peak periods.
“But we think it’s better for the Olympics and we think it’s important for the growth of hockey around the world for the best in the world to be playing.”
-Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports chairman. Neil Best of Newsday has more.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Television ratings for this season’s National Hockey League games in 21 U.S. regional markets were published by Sports Business Journal Monday, and the numbers reveal some interesting swings in key hockey markets.
Across the board, seasonal NHL ratings on regional networks dropped seven per cent from puck drop through All-Star weekend, a dip SBJ attributes to the nation’s tuning in to the presidential election race. Ratings have rebounded from their slow start and should reach last year’s levels.
Nine U.S. clubs have received increased viewership, led by the blue-collar Columbus Blue Jackets, whose 16-game win streak propelled them to a 110 per cent rating increase. The New Jersey Devils (now with 100 per cent more Taylor Hall) have benefited from a 58 per cent ratings hike, and the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers all made significant gains. This despite underwhelming on-ice performances from New Jersey (22-21-10) and Florida (23-19-10).
Twelve teams saw a ratings decline. None more so than the last-place Colorado Avalanche, whose local rating plummeted 58 per cent. Declining interest in Detroit Red Wings (-28%), New York Islanders (-31%) and Dallas Stars (-33%) games can be attributed to poor performance.
from Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News,
Kings Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, at his West Hills home since Wednesday after he was released from the hospital for treatment of a mild stroke, said Friday he plans to meet soon with team officials to discuss how to move forward with his ability and availability to call games.
Miller, 78, missed the recent NHL All-Star Weekend at Staples Center when he showed up Saturday for a Fox Sports West live broadcast but was bothered by the fact he continued to slur some of his words. His wife, Judy, who was with him, also noticed the right side of his face did not look well.
Taken to County USC Medical Center by ambulance, Miller was then moved to USC Keck Medical Facility in downtown L.A., where a stent was inserted and a procedure was done to clean up a corroded artery that had plaque buildup....
“I had been out the night before, having some wine and a bite to eat, and noticed I was slurring some words, but I thought a good night’s sleep would be all I needed,” Miller said Friday morning. “I got up Saturday morning, got dressed, drove to Staples Center, and Judy said, ‘You don’t look good.’ When I got to the TV set to work, they didn’t want me to go on camera.”
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 30, 2017 – NBC Sports’ presentation of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 2.28 million viewers across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms, according to Fast National data released by The Nielsen Company, and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
The NBC-only broadcast averaged 2.262 million viewers, up 42% vs. the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on NBCSN (1.595 million) and up 46% vs. NBC’s 2015-16 NHL regular-season average (1.545 million). This year’s game (3:39-7 p.m. ET), which marked the event’s return to network television, was the most-watched NHL All-Star Game since 2004, and delivered a 1.32 household rating, up 47% vs. 2016 (0.90; NBCSN).
“Quite frankly, I think to turn on the Olympics next year and watch hockey teams or the players representing their countries, if it’s not the best in the world, I don’t know. I don’t think you can really compare it to the World Cup or the world championships. The Olympics are a whole other thing … I think the NHL should be in the Olympics.”
-Jonathan Toews on the NHL in the Olympics. Frank Seravalli of TSN has more including Connor McDavid's thoughts on this topic too.
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 26, 2017 – NBC Sports surrounds 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., with comprehensive live coverage on NBCSN and NBC, culminating with the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, the first network-television broadcast of the event since 2004.
Wall-to-wall coverage begins tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with The NHL100, as the league unveils its 100 greatest players of all-time to coincide with its Centennial celebration in 2017. Saturday’s All-Star coverage is highlighted by the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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