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I now get to do my job alongside Ron MacLean, and he is the most generous broadcaster I have ever had the opportunity to work with. He’s so accomplished and naturally gifted. And he sees me as a peer, as someone he trusts, even though I’m so much more junior than he is. To me, that defines true leadership.”
-Tara Slone, co-host of Hometown Hockey. More on and from Sloan at Canadian Business.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 21, 2016 – NBC Sports rings in the new year with a pair of outdoor NHL Classics, highlighted by NBC’s annual presentation of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, when Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues host Patrick Kane and the rival Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, January 2, at 3 p.m. ET.
In addition to the NHL Winter Classic, NBC presents a clash of young American NHL stars on New Year’s Day at 3 p.m. ET in the NHL Centennial Classic, when rookie sensation Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings at BMO Field in Toronto. The NHL Centennial Classic represents the start of the league’s year-long Centennial celebration.
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
While the NHL has made great strides in getting its games on dozens of digital platforms, a significant majority of fans are still watching games primarily on cable TV, according to a Yahoo Sports/YouGov survey of hockey fans in the U.S.
When asked which option best represents the way they watch NHL games, 56 percent of hockey fans in the U.S. said that they watch “live on cable TV.”
That said, there are a significant amount of cord cutters: The next highest answer was “streaming through an Internet connected device connected to my TV” at 12 percent.
Nine percent of all fans said they most often watch games in-person as the arena.
Here’s a breakdown of the answers, including some demographic ones:
More and more aspects of the games themselves — coaches’ challenges, lockouts, concussions, doping, the Department of Player Safety — have been telling me for a while now that it’s time to go.
Also, Twitter trolls. Sports was never meant to be this angry.
It’s a young person’s game now, or younger anyway, so read Iain MacIntyre’s beautifully crafted prose, and Ed Willes’s, read Bruce Arthur’s sweeping sports-as-life soliloquies, read Scott Stinson in the National Post and Sean Fitz-Gerald in The Athletic and Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, who still likes me even though I sold him an eight-year-old ’82 Olds Ciera whose transmission promptly fell out. But by all means, read.
This job has taken me to or through 30 countries, on every continent except Antarctica, wholly or partly on the company dime.
And about that company … it was owned by the Southam family when I joined up in 1975, then became Hollinger under Conrad Black, then Canwest under the Asper family and now Postmedia, but it’s been the same newspaper chain, with the odd addition and subtraction, through 41 years of never having to go looking for work and always being treated like royalty.
Thanks for being my friends, and critics, and readers. It’s been a blast.
-Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun at the National Post where you can read more of his 'retirement' column.
from Craig Custance of the PHWA,
Like he has so many times before in his copy, one line from Cam Cole left our jaws dropped.
“Since someone spilled the beans: My last day at Postmedia is Dec. 16. Man, 41 years went fast,” Cam announced on Twitter.
With that, the tributes poured in.
Cam Cole is the guy every sports fan wants to read. He’s the guy every sports writer wants to be. He can outshoot you on the golf course and then outdrink you at the bar. And that’s after writing the 2,500 words everybody will be talking about at the rink the next morning. He’s got a great family too.
Actually, we should hate this guy.
But we don’t. We love Cam Cole.
If Bob McKenzie is the Godfather, Cam Cole is The Legend. That he’s leaving Postmedia on his own terms only adds to that legend.
Have a beer tonight for Cam. Then have ten more for the rest of us who aren't sure when we'll get to read Cam Cole again.
It was 41 years of excellence. What a run.
continue for the tributes...
Prior to their game against the Panthers, the Rangers honor broadcaster Sam Rosen for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
STAMFORD, Conn. — November 11, 2016 — NBC Sports Regional Networks and its National Hockey League (NHL) team partners are now offering live, local streaming of games, as well as NHL pre- and postgame coverage. The new streaming offering is available without any additional costs to subscribers of NBC Sports Group’s CSN regional sports networks (RSNs), through participating providers. This regional initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.
from Sean Fitzgerald at Canoe,
Since Cherry gives a colourful answer for anything you ask him, we decided to present him with a variety of hot topics about his career and the hockey world. Here are the best bits from our chat with him.
Do you think the Hockey Hall of Fame is ever going to come calling for you?
I will never be in it. If it goes to the people for a vote, I would be in. But I’ve stepped on too many toes, and there are a lot of people that don’t like me. And I understand that. When you step on toes and things like that, you have to accept things the way they are. If you’re going to act the way I act, you have to accept the consequences. It’s the same with the Order of Canada. There are a lot of people there that don’t like me. And you have to realize that. You don’t cry about it, and you don’t whine about it. I’ll never be in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and that doesn’t bother me one bit.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
As yet another NHL season unfolds, Cole has published his memoirs. Now I’m Catching On (Viking) was written with fellow Rogers employee Stephen Brunt, a former Globe and Mail columnist, who captures Cole’s voice. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is some sort of swan song. Cole is the kind of guy who thinks Vin Scully took early retirement when he made his final broadcast last month at the age of 89.
“I haven’t thought about retirement. Ever,” Cole said. “It never occurred to me. It’s part of my life. If you took it away from me there would be a void for sure. What would I do?”
Right now, Cole isn’t doing much aside from book interviews and calling games on Hockey Night. He tore the meniscus in his one good knee on Monday (his other knee is a replacement job installed years ago) while he was fishing for Atlantic salmon in Labrador. He is getting around with the help of a cane but expects to be fishing again before too long.
Cole’s life-long passion for fishing is just one of the many aspects of his life, which most people do not know about, revealed in the book. He’s never been one to talk about himself publicly, preferring to fly to his assignment from his native St. John’s on a Friday, call the game on Saturday and fly home on Sunday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NHL Network, the TV home for the National Hockey League, launched today in Sling TV’s “Sports Extra,” still $5 per month with a Sling Orange subscription, or $10 per month with a Sling Blue subscription. Today’s launch on Sling TV marks the first time that NHL Network is available by an over-the-top provider.
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