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No More Golf Channel Conflicts

from MediaWeek,

Nearly two years after launching a hybrid high-definition service blending content culled from Versus and Golf Channel, Comcast is prepping standalone HD feeds for both brands, along with a hi-def service for fans of its celebrity/lifestyle network, E! 

The three HD simulcasts will go live in early December, a Comcast spokesperson confirmed.

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Media Coverage of the Entry Draft

A note from the league—

NHL Network’s special Draft programming begins Friday, June 20, with the NHL Draft Preview Show live from Scotiabank Place at 6 p.m. ET.  After all 30 first-round selections are made, NHL Network will be the place to be for the live NHL Draft First Round Recap Show.  Fans can tune-in for instant analysis of how their favorite team fared as NHL Network breaks down all of the Round 1 action. 
 
The first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Friday will start at 7 p.m., ET.  In Canada, NHL Network will simulcast TSN’s live coverage of Round 1, which begins at 7 p.m., ET. RDS in Canada also provides live coverage of Round 1.  In the U.S., VERSUS will air TSN’s live feed of Round 1 in its entirety.  NHL Radio’s live audio coverage of Round 1 can be heard on radio stations across North America, on XM 204 and on NHL.com.

Update 2:16pm ET: George Malik at Snapshots has rounded up a nice selection of online Draft coverage out there today.

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  Tags: media, nhl+entry+draft, nhl+network, tsn, versus

Meet the Press: Erin Nicks

In preparation for the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, I threw together a short Q&A for both Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who are covering the event for Kukla’s Korner

First, meet Erin Nicks. (Even Gary Bettman has learned to stay out of her way…)

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  Tags: erin+nicks, media, nhl+entry+draft

Glenn Healy Leaving TV for the NHLPA

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

Hockey analyst Glenn Healy is leaving TSN for a high ranking post with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, sources have confirmed.

Healy, who was active with the association as a player, is expected to be involved in a player liaison capacity.

The former NHL goalie has built a successful career in television, first with the CBC from 2001 to 2004 and, for the past four seasons, with TSN.

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Update 2:36pm ET: TSN,

Glenn Healy has been named the new Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Healy will fulfill a wide range of responsibilities for the Players’ Association. In his role, he will focus on player relations, coordinating his efforts with the NHLPA’s Ombudsman and Divisional Representatives, along with working closely with the NHL Alumni office.

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  Tags: cbc, glenn+healy, media, nhlpa, tsn

Another Glossary For KK Readers

Geez, I need to get a glossary.  Does everyone have one but me?

At least Erin has a much shorter version than Abel to Yzerman!

In case you missed it yesterday, Erin Nicks along with Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa.  Look for more on this in the next few days.

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Networks Battle

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Hockey Night in Canada theme song filled the air with more controversy yesterday.

Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, charged that CTV deliberately interfered with the CBC’s negotiations for the famous song, suggesting it was a publicity stunt to embarrass the network.

“CTV management characterized their actions as ‘saving the song,’ ” Moore wrote on a CBC blog. “But they knew the negotiation hadn’t run its course. I firmly believe that if they hadn’t inserted themselves into the negotiation, the result would have been different.”

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NHL Awards Gala—Watch Live

It’s being broadcast live online at CBC Sports. This link should open the player in your browser. 

It seems to work in both the United States and Canada, though Americans will probably prefer the television broadcast on Versus (*in Canada, there is a tape delay for TV coverage.)

A few updates and the list of winners—with links to stories on their wins—can all be found below:

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  Tags: cbc, media, nhl+awards, versus

Chatting with Carrie Milbank

Orland Kurtenblog at The Province hooks up an interview with Carrie Milbank of NHL.com’s The Hockey Show.

imageFrom their conversation:

KB: Did you grow up a hockey fan or has this been one of those steep-learning-curve kind of things?

CM: I was deprived of hockey when I was a kid. I’m from Houston, Texas, where it’s a sin to put any other sport above football. But I’ll admit that while I was growing up and everyone else was playing Super Mario Bros., I was dominating Blades Of Steel on my Nintendo. I would spend hours playing that game and I always wanted to be Montreal. I loved it when the computer would yell ‘Faceoff!’ and my favorite part was starting a fist fight with the other team…I always won of course.

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War of Rhetoric Over a Song

From David Staples in the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

“The song has a long and storied history in Canadian sports, and has become ingrained in the hearts and minds of hockey fans across the country. It is an iconic tune, embraced by Canadians everywhere, and we felt it was imperative to save it,” said Rick Brace of CTV Inc.

Save it?

The rhetoric is getting out of control here. The CBC wasn’t going to burn all copies of the song, after all, just stop playing it on Hockey Night in Canada.

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Update 9:49am ET: The Canadian Press provides a video of the whole affair.
Update 10:45am ET: Rory Boylen at THN re-writes the words to American Pie in honor of the news.

*previous updates on KK

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NHL Media Vacation Stories

Though the NHL Entry Draft and the UFA deadline are sure to kick things back into high gear in about a week, there’s not a great deal of news going on in the NHL at the moment. 

In part, that’s because 98.5% of the hockey media is on vacation.  Case in point: Wild beat writer Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune is fresh off a trip to Las Vegas, where he’s been playing poker with Ray Romano:

Romano turns out to be the nicest, most down-to-earth celebrity I’ve ever met. Although, it was quite weird the two or three times we clashed hands and you suddenly realize, “I’m trying to get a read off Ray Romano.”

We got to talking, and when I told him I was a sportswriter, he said, “I was a sportswriter, too.” I said, “Yeah, but you were a much better paid sportswriter.” He agreed wholeheartedly.

What was so cool about the experience is I felt like I was in the World Series of Poker. With the table down to four, I knocked out two guys with pocket kings. It got down to us at the end, and suddenly, I noticed there was an audience wrapped around the table.

more proof that everyone has cooler vacations than me.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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