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Covering A Scrum

from Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star,

Since we’re all sharing stories about racism, hockey, and the stifling whiteness of Canadian institutions, here’s mine.

In November of 2000, I was six weeks into a yearlong internship at the Star, pinch-hitting for a sick colleague on the hockey beat. So I showed up at Lakeshore Arena to report a story about the Edmonton Oilers, who were playing the Leafs the next night, and whose roster included five Black players.

Late in the media session, a scrum formed around Scarborough’s Anson Carter. I asked him about the role race played in his professional life, and he gave calm, thoughtful answers. When I asked whether people tried to portray him as something he isn’t because he was a Black athlete in a largely white sport, he responded that people tried but said, “I’m not a politician. I’m hockey player.”

The following morning, that same exchange appeared in a competing publication under the byline and logo of a white columnist also present at the Carter scrum.


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The Hockey Photographer

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game

Aouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at both ends of the rink. It’s a chore that he’ll have to do only a six more times this spring and, as always, an opportunity to get his game face on. He quietly keeps tabs on the comings, doings and goings of Getty Images assistants as he works. Items on a checklist he has written down, items on another list that’s committed to memory. “He’s incredibly meticulous in his preparation, extremely organized, to the point of obsession,” Getty photographer Harry How says. “He actually brings a schematic to every game. He’s prepared for anything. There’s no over-preparing for him. One time a puck shattered his 70-200mm zoom lens and he got a backup out of his equipment bag. He’d be the only one carrying that big backup lens because, maybe, once in 1,000 games you need one. Maybe once in 5,000.”

As Getty’s director of hockey photography, Bennett is a player, coach and GM in one. Some staffers talk about him being “the captain” and others “the puppet master.” By the time the arena doors open, he’s back in the media room. First, he goes through the lineups and line combinations. “He studies the tendencies for all the players around the league, where they go, what they do, so he knows when to look for them,” says Al Bello, a veteran Getty shooter. Then he checks in with Getty’s editor, who will sort through hundreds, even thousands, of images filed by Bennett and the staffers while the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues let it all hang out on the business side of the plexiglass.


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Audio- Ray Ferraro The Storyteller

Very funny story, just over 2 minutes to listen.


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Video- Ron MacLean On The Past Week

A sincere, troubled and caring man.

Well done Ron MacLean.

via the YouTube page of CityNew Toronto,



added 9:03pm, Sportsnet version is below, just posted.

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Jim Hughson Honored To Be The Recipient Of The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Jim Hughson crouched in front of Foster Hewitt's plaque at the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month and asked a question many of his peers have pondered for decades.

How did Hewitt, the man who pioneered hockey play-by-play, come up with the famous phrase, 'He shoots, he scores?' It's a phrase Hughson, the lead announcer on 'Hockey Night in Canada' uses to this day.

Hewitt became a groundbreaker in hockey broadcasting when he called his first game on the radio in 1923. He would become the voice of the sport for the next half century, primarily on Toronto Maple Leafs games.

"I always wish I'd been at that rink with him the day that he did that first broadcast," Hughson said of Hewitt, who died in 1985. "Because I wonder if he was thinking beforehand: 'What am I going to say when the puck goes into the net?'

"How did he come up with that? Did he talk to his family and say, 'Should it be, He shoots, he scores? Or should it be, A shot and a goal?'

"I would have loved to have that conversation with him."

Hughson will never have that opportunity, yet he still pays homage to the broadcasting great every Saturday night during the NHL season by using those same four words.

It's yet another reason why Hughson is so deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, presented by the Hockey Hall of Fame to members of the radio and television industry who make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of hockey during their broadcasting career.


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Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean


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The Story Of Frank Brown

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Frank Brown's byline is on top of some of the most important stories in hockey history.

He covered the Montreal Canadiens dynasty in the late 1970s, the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and the 1980 New York Islanders' Stanley Cup championship for The Associated Press. He covered the remainder of the 1980s Islanders dynasty, the New York Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup championship and the New Jersey Devils' 1995 championship for the New York Daily News.

Brown, who left the newspaper business in 1998 to become an NHL communications executive, will see his name immortalized on a glass plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

"The point is you stare at a glass plaque, 12 inches by 12 inches, and there's about eight or nine lines of copy, and it's the same size for every person," Brown said. "One of the multitude of things I love about hockey is no matter how much you played, no matter how many goals you scored in the playoffs, if your team wins the Stanley Cup your letters are the same size as Jean Beliveau's, as Gordie Howe's, as Bobby Orr's, as any of the legends, the monoliths of our sport. To imagine that my plaque is the same size as Red Fisher's and Frank Orr's and Elmer Ferguson's, I get goose bumps. This is your number going in the rafters. This is your eternal byline."


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Video- Don Cherry In His Own Words


My plan is to put this topic to bed, enough and I have tried to present the issue from both sides.

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Morning Line- Lance Hornby On Don Cherry

For the better part of four decades, fans didn’t head for the washroom or the fridge when Ron and Don came on. To this day in the Scotiabank Arena press box, an usher turns up the sound on a big TV with NHL media, management, scouts and caretakers all pausing to see whose feathers Cherry was going to ruffle.

-Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun on Don Cherry and Coach's Corner.  Hornby has much more.

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Don Cherry On His Firing

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

Don Cherry says he has been fired from Hockey Night in Canada by Sportsnet.

And the legendary star of Coach’s Corner says he will not walk back what he said on Saturday.

“I have just learned I’ve been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach’s Corner Nov. 9,” Cherry told me in a phone interview. “No problem.”

Cherry added: “I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.”

And Cherry said his words were not racial or bigoted but patriotic and respectful of our troops.


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