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New Broadcast Networks Growing Women Viewership

from Mollie Cahillane of AdWeek,

In the first year of the NHL’s new TV rights deal with Turner Sports and Disney, the networks are not only seeing total audience gains over former rights holder NBC Sports, but an increasingly young and diverse audience—one that has considerably more women than last season.

As playoffs get under way, Turner Sports is averaging 361,000 viewers across 51 telecasts on TNT, up 26% over now-shuttered NBC Sports Network.

But female viewership for NHL on TNT’s regular season live game coverage has increased 56% vs. 2020-21 NHL regular games on cable. At ESPN, across 18 games, the number of women watching is up 73% versus NBC Sports Network, and 11% on ABC versus NBC.

“We are so blessed to have our partnership with the networks, especially with TNT who is drawing this younger and more female audience, it’s right in line with our objectives as a brand,” Heidi Browning, CMO of the NHL, told Adweek. “ESPN has phenomenal female talent on air, on ice level and in leadership positions.”

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Your Questions Should Be Answered Regarding ESPN And The Playoffs

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Video- Late Evening Line- Rick Jeanneret

You've provided us hours of entertainment RJ.

Enjoy retirement and good health.

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NHL Tonight Will Be Hosted By An All-Women Crew

March 18, 2022 – NHL Network today announced that for the first time ever it will air an all-women edition of NHL Tonight™ – the network’s flagship studio show – this Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by NHL Network’s Jamie Hersch and Jackie Redmond, with 2018 Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield as analyst, the program will feature live look-ins to the night’s games in action, analysis, demonstrations, and highlights. In each of the last four seasons, NHL Network has also aired an all-women edition of NHL Now, NHL Network’s daily 4:00 p.m. ET program.

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Video- Elliotte Friedman On Being An Insider

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Checking In With Harry Neale

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The life and talk of Harry Neale comes with a built-in list of his best one-liners.

Remember this one? Remember that one? He doesn’t remember them all now — he’s turns 85 on Wednesday — “I probably stole a lot of them,” Neale said on the phone, but to those who watch hockey, love hockey, have lived hockey, they have their favourite Harry moments.

The Harry lines that will live forever.

“Last season we couldn’t win at home. This season we can’t win on the road. My failure as a coach is that I can’t think of anywhere else to play.”

That one is still going 40 years old after Neale last coached in the NHL. His life in hockey has been rather remarkable. He played junior on a Memorial Cup championship Marlies team that included Bob Pulford, Bob Baun, and Bob Nevin, and Carl Brewer.

“My dream was to play in the NHL,” said Neale, who coached seven seasons in the NHL and seven seasons before that in the WHA and went on to become a Hall of Fame broadcaster, working Hockey Night In Canada among other shows.

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A.J. Mleczko’s Broadcasting Career

from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe,

It’s apparent why Mleczko is in such demand as a broadcaster. She analyzes women’s and men’s hockey with equal knowledge and the kind of insight that comes from preparation and experience. She’s versatile, an adept and incisive analyst, whether situated in the booth or at ice level.

“I like both roles, I really do,” said Mleczko, who was between the benches when the Rangers’ Artemi Panarin threw his glove at the Bruins’ Brad Marchand in November.

“I enjoy the energy, the speed, the sounds, the competitiveness from the players when you’re down between the benches. When you’re up in the booth, you’re a little more detached, but when you’re up top, you can analyze a little better, see how plays develop.”

A gold medalist as a defenseman in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and a silver medalist in Salt Lake City four years later, Mleczko didn’t plan on becoming a broadcaster when her playing career ended.

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It’s Hockey Day In Canada

from Sportsnet,

For 12 years, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has connected hockey with community, building memories and experiences for the communities it has travelled to and empowering hockey’s next generation. The national broadcast on Sportsnet will begin at 12pm EST on January 29, as host Ron MacLean and the Sportsnet team, along with Scotiabank, celebrate the game with a day-long marathon of live NHL coverage.

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A Tough Spot For The Media

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

There was a time when a veteran reporter like Jim Matheson in Edmonton, a member of the media arm of the Hockey Hall of Fame I might add, would have walked into the Edmonton Oilers locker room on an off day and maybe waited until the television cameras moved on, and sat down next to Leon Draisaitl and asked him about the many problems afflicting the slumping Edmonton Oilers.

Maybe Matheson, whom I have known and respected as a true pro since I got in this business almost 25 years ago, would have asked the same questions he asked Tuesday. Questions that were recorded in our new Zoom life and immediately digested, debated and digested and debated some more by folks on social media, the vast majority of whom have never had occasion to speak to a pro athlete, let alone ask one of the best players in the world why his team sucks.

That’s not an indictment of the commentary necessarily. Hey, it’s social media. Have at it, although it always infuriates me when other ‘journalists’ weigh in on these kinds of situations in what I can only assume is an effort to curry favor with their social media tribe. Don’t you have anything better to do? But I digress.

More than highlight the manner in which the Edmonton Oilers’ season has gone down the rabbit hole, Tuesday’s awkward interchange reinforces the great disconnect that has been created and exacerbated in these pandemic times between the player, coaches and executives of NHL teams and the reporters whose job it is to try and share the stories, good and bad, with the fans who are the lifeblood of the game.

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Diversity Growing In The Hockey Play-By-Play Field

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Hockey play-by-play broadcasting is about to become a little more diverse.

The Chicago Blackhawks have tapped Jason Ross Jr., a 23-year-old Black Detroit native, to calls select games on WGN Radio 720-AM this season as part of a rotating roster of play-by-play broadcasters and personalities on its radio and NBC Sports Chicago telecasts.

"It means a lot to me because the last three years, even though I'm from Detroit, grew up in Detroit loving the Red Wings, I listened to almost every Blackhawks game over the last few years over WGN because of (play-by-play announcer) John Wiedeman," said Ross, who graduated earlier this year from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. "I would say I learned the craft of radio hockey from John Wiedeman."

Alex Randall said he was drawn to hockey when he first heard Mike Lange call Pittsburgh Penguins games on the radio in 2012.

Now, the 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh junior is poised to become the first Black broadcaster to call a Canadian Hockey League game.

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