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Nice to see Don Cherry and Ron MacLean back on North American turf, this time on Vancouver.
A few highlights of tonight's segment, Cherry talked a bit about the Sochi experience and also mentioned the NHL will not be at to Winter Games in South Korea in 2018.
Cherry also discussed the play of Jamie Benn and the Ontario Hockey Assoc. needs to stop taking money from the parents.
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The CBC's Elliotte Friedman, Ron MacLean and Glenn Healy discussed a slate of trade deadline-related topics in a makeshift Satellite Hotstove segment from Vancouver, and as we wait for the video to post, here's what they had to say, via my attempts to "live-Tweet" the event:
- Why did Pat LaFontaine leave the Sabres? Friedman had three theories:
1. LaFontaine simply wanted to go back to his job in the NHL's front office in NYC;
2. He may have wanted to re-sign Ryan Miller, and clashed with the rest of the management regarding that issue;
3. And he may have wanted to reevaluate Ted Nolan's status against the wishes of the rest of the team's management.
- In the "interesting news" department, Glenn Healy stated that the Edmonton Oilers' new stadium may take a page out of the Bolshoi Arena's score-on-the-roof scoreboard as Oilers president and Hockey Canada advisor Kevin Lowe was inspired by the LED technology, and he brought some know-how back with him to Edmonton;
from Troy Machir of The Sporting News,
With Olympic Games finishing over the weekend and the second half of the NHL season getting under way, there is no better time to get familiar with the professional hockey landscape.
What we have for you is the essential NHL Must Follow Twitter List. We've compiled the names of the top writers, reporters, blogger and analysts in pro hockey, who will be able to provide you with all the information you need to finish off the season in style.
continue for a very handy list and thanks for including KK.
from Maxx Wolfson of InFocus,
Over the last 39 years, Getty Images staff photographer Bruce Bennett has been at nearly every major event in hockey. Having photographed a total of 33 Stanley Cups and 4,965 games in his distinguished career, there have been very few moments that Bennett has missed. By far, the one game people ask him about most is the famous 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic semi-final between the USSR and the United States.
“In 1980, I was home watching the game in my bedroom,” said Bennett, who grew up in Levittown, New York, about six hours from Lake Placid where the game took place. “I had been shooting hockey for about six years at that point and didn’t even give a thought to covering the Olympics. Huge mistake! Watching the game, I was screaming like an idiot. My parents thought I had been shot.”
Bennett, who is covering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as a venue photographer for Getty Images, got his own sort of “redo” by covering the thrilling overtime shootout victory by the United States against host-country Russia on February 15th.
thanks to Stu Hackel for the pointer via Twitter...
STAMFORD, Conn. – February 16, 2014 – NBCSN averaged 4.1 million viewers for Saturday’s thrilling USA-Russia Olympic men’s hockey game (7:30-10:30 a.m. ET/4:30-7:30 a.m. PT) – setting a record for the most-watched hockey game in the network’s history (previous: 4.0 million for Blackhawks-Bruins in 2013 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3), according to live plus same day fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company. Viewership for the game peaked at 6.4 million from 10-10:30 a.m. ET during the tension-laden, eight-round shootout and is the most-watched half hour in NBCSN history.
from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
For a generation of St. Louis hockey fans who were learning what the NHL was all about in the Blues’ infancy, Dan Kelly was their tour guide. He became the team’s radio voice in its second season and not only educated listeners but hooked them with his simple, yet electric, signature goal call.
“He shoots ... he SCORRRES!”
But it was Kelly who also scored, as he developed into one of the most iconic sportscasters in a city that has produced an inordinate number of nationally known figures. And like many of those on a list that includes Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Joe Garagiola, Jay Randolph, Dan Dierdorf, Bob Costas, Gary Bender and Joe Buck, Kelly reached the big time.
His epic run lasted 21 seasons, and it now has been a quarter century since his voice was silenced. It was 25 years ago Monday that he died, at age 52, from cancer.
NEW YORK (February 11, 2014) – NHL Network will air a new half-hour live program during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the National Hockey League announced today. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 23, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition presented by McDonald’s will chronicle the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament through interviews, game analysis, news and highlights.
Hosted by Kathryn Tappen live from Sochi, NHL Tonight: 2014 Sochi Edition will bring viewers the latest in the men's Olympic hockey competition. Joining Tappen from NHL Network's studio in Toronto will be co-hosts EJ Hradek and Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson, Jamie McLennan and Kevin Weekes.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean live from Sochi discussed the first period of Canucks/Leafs plus other topics including Cherry talking about the 1972 series between the USSR and Canada.
via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ television broadcaster Pete Weber underwent a successful heart procedure this morning in a St. Paul, Minn. hospital. He is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital recovering for the next couple days before returning to Nashville. He will miss tonight’s (at Minnesota) and Saturday’s (vs. Anaheim) Predators’ games.
Willy Daunic will work with Terry Crisp on the Fox Sports Tennessee telecasts tonight and Saturday while Milwaukee Admirals’ play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims will join Stu Grimson on the radio call tonight on 102.5 The Game.
The Predators and Predators’ fans wish Pete a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to play-by-play duties when fully recovered.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
My favorite Don Cherry moment? It was at the grand opening of his bar in Windsor, Ontario, back in the early ’80s. The man was standing at the back of the room holding court when he saw me walking up looking like a David St. Hubbins starter kit. He stopped, stared and let me have it. “Whaddya doin’ with that hair? You look like a sheepdog! Get a haircut, fer cryin’ out loud!”
That’s Grapes, right? The man has never shied away from sharing his honest opinion and whether you love him or hate him, you know he’s not playing to the crowd. He always gives it to you straight.
And, truth be told, I probably could have used a trim.
That interaction came to mind with the news that the ageless wonder is celebrating his 80th birthday today. And since we can’t get him what he really deserves–a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame–let’s honor his first day as an octogenarian with a look back at eight memorable Don Cherry moments — for better or worse– that we’ve all shared:
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