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from Ron MacLean of Hometown Hockey,
Tonight we opened with a nod to Jean Beliveau.
If I were to pick a place in Canada that personifies Jean, it would be Moncton. A large measure of this belief would stem from trying to understand Jean’s Acadian roots.
I owe Bouctouche, N.B. writer and playwright Antonine Maillet, Montreal author Noah Richler and Canadian philosopher and writer John Ralston Saul for my understanding of the Acadian people.
Beliveau’s ancestors moved to the Annapolis Valley, N.S., in the 1600s. In 1755 all Acadians were deported to the 13 colonies of the future United States of America, with Col. Robert Monckton carrying out the orders. Moncton, often known as the capitol of Acadia, bears the name of the man who exiled them. That says a lot. Beliveau’s people went to Boston. Then like most Acadians, they came home. The Acadians returned to either the region surrounding Moncton, southwestern Nova Scotia, or in the case of the Beliveaus, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
They returned without bitterness.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean topics from last night- P.K. Subban defensive play, the Canadian WJC team and other international teams, Roberto Luongo, the Edmonton Oilers, Randy Carlyle, Matt Cooke turtling yesterday and J.P. Parise.
from James Bradshaw of the Globe and Mail,
The Hockey Night crew gathers for the two teams’ morning skates, most still in jeans, clutching cups of coffee. They huddle in groups with scouts, coaches and assorted team brass. It is a time to pick up tidbits of information and feel out the tone for the game to come.
Up in the seats, Hockey Night play-by-play man Jim Hughson sits for a lengthy chat with Leafs general manager Dave Nonis. Before long, team president Brendan Shanahan joins in.
“It’s like a hockey fraternity,” says Glenn Healy, the former Leafs and New York Rangers goalie turned broadcaster, who will provide colour commentary from between the benches.
Ultimately, the broadcasters are hunting for the storylines that make one game feel different from every other. Toronto’s top line has struggled lately (a recurring theme); the Canucks have five Ontario-raised players returning to play in front of family and friends (defenceman Chris Tanev bought 30 tickets); Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller has a habit of dominating the Leafs.
The rink also needs to be primed. Rogers banked on technology to provide new angles on the game, and on this night, 29 cameras will track the action (TSN’s Grey Cup coverage had 33). Eight are robotic, including small, spherical cameras known as “cue balls” wedged into cutouts in the boards, or near the players’ knees on the bench.
A great segment from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.
Topics dissussed included the recent plays by Steve Downie, some NHL tough guy talk, player safety equipment and Team Canada in the WJC.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the first period of the Winter Classic and the hockey stick along with a few other topics.
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Sporsnet's Saturday Headlines segment with Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discussed in this extended version- Ottawa Senators new arena, don't forget the trade freeze end at midnight tonight (local time).
Also discussed players who are able to sign a new contract on January 1st. Other topics include the sale of the Arizona Coyotes, the signing of Adam Oates in New Jersey and much more, some newsworthy information here.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- results are come from how you dress in hockey, a bad hit by Nail Yakupov and some WJC talk.
Goals of the week...
Rogers' Hometown Hockey was in Kingston, ONT. last night, the home town of Don Cherry.
In a four-minute segment, Don Cherry basically took us down memory lane....
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