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From Eric McErlain at The Sporting News,
As I’ve written before, the early 21st century may be the best time in history to be a professional sports fan, and that’s even the case for the NHL—a sport that plenty of American newspaper editors and television producers would like to see shunted off to the margins. With only incredibly rare exceptions, virtually every game that your home team plays will be on television. And if you manage to miss the game, you can access the highlights online via NHL.com, or perhaps just your favorite bits, like the most exciting goals, hits and fights that proliferate on YouTube. And if you live hundreds or even thousands of miles from your favorite team, there’s always the NHL Center Ice PPV package, the out of town fan’s ultimate lifeline.
For some critics, that’s just not enough, as they often mention the fact that Versus, the cable network that carries NHL games two times a week during the regular season, can’t be found in hotels around the country. If that’s a problem, just invest in a Slingbox…
You know, I’ve often wondered about this myself. I realize not everyone can afford a Slingbox, but I’ve always wondered why so many media members—who frequently make the criticism that Eric points out—don’t have them. They’re an awesome little gizmo (and no, I’m not making any money for pointing this out…!).
Voice of the Avalanche Mike Haynes to Undergo Major Surgery
DENVER – Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network announced today that Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes will undergo surgery on a Basilar Artery Aneurysm. He will miss the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We truly support Mike and his family during this very difficult time and we ask all Avalanche fans to keep Mike in their thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks,” said C.E.O of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, Jim Martin.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Breeze the Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Hospital.
In the interim, John Kelly who was the play-by-play voice of the Avalanche for their first nine seasons in Colorado on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain will return to the booth to call the games alongside Peter McNab. “We would like to very much thank the St. Louis Blues organization and Fox Sports for allowing us to reach out to John” said Matt Hutchings, C.O.O. for Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Mike and his family greatly appreciate the support they’ve received and at this time they ask that their privacy be respected.
from Slap Shot at the NY Times,
There’s just enough time for one last look back at the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs, as they recede into the distance. And there to help us say farewell is our Hockey Night in Blogdom crew of independent bloggers, who have put down their hankies and crying towels just long enough to answer some very important questions….
The Falconer of Do the Thrashers Have Large Talons?
Now that it’s all over, what’s the strongest impression, good or bad, you have about your team?
The players demonstrated a shocking lack of heart and determination and failed to show up many nights. Thrashers had the second-leading goal scorer in the NHL and finished 27th, evidence that management completely failed to find complimentary players to build around their star.
Emotions will be at an all-time high when the puck drops tomorrow.
Read my NHL.com blog for more….
NHL.com has their 2008 Playoffs preview section up.
Each quarter final matchup is broken down and additional features and updates will be added throughout the playoffs.
While we wait for the games to begin, enjoy 4 1/2 minutes of the best the NHL has to offer from last week.
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, will take place tonight at the NHL’s New York office. NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada will televise the results of the Draft Drawing live at 8 p.m., ET. The 30-minute show, produced by TSN and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie, with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analyst Mike Milbury, also will be available on VERSUS, NHL.com and on XM Radio (Ch. 204).
Also, the NHL Network has a night of hockey for us, minus the games. All times listed are ET.
Earlier today, Don Cherry of CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”, Mike Emrick from VERSUS and NBC, Pierre McGuire from TSN and NBC and Mike Milbury from NBC and TSN were on a tele-conference discussing the 2008 NHL Playoffs.
You can download the audio [mp3 link] if you like, or listen on the player below. (Be aware that it may take a few minutes to load.)
Update 4:41pm ET: Complete written transcript now available below.
from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
The broadband network’s lineup on NHL.com will include “The Hockey Show,” a live 15-minute studio show offering highlights, updates and interviews that will be repeated throughout the day; a second channel, LiveWire, with live news conferences, morning skates and other live events; and a third, the seasonal Playoff Channel, with news, highlights and features. The three each have sponsors: Bud Light, Cisco and Dodge.
The other four channels will offer current highlights and oldies going back two and a half years, podcasts, radio programming and archival features.
From Josh Brewster at NHL Quick Shots,
It appears to me that Hockeybuzz likes the appearance of legitimacy that noting the writer’s newspaper affiliation lends, and that’s where Hockeybuzz is irresponsible. If it’s entertainment, don’t pass it off as something else (calls to Eklund for comment went unreturned).
Eklund should have some type of process for his blog site, but obviously doesn’t, which is why bloggers are looked at suspiciously by traditional journalists, and rightly so. Much of what’s flying through the blogosphere is garbage.
Call Garner’s piece a “slob comedy,” Eklund. Put a picture of a cartoon character next to a piece like this if this is entertainment. Maybe throw a picture of John Belushi or Jim Carrey (maybe even a monkey?) on the page so that we know this is a goof, because it was presented by Hockeybuzz as something other than entertainment, for sure.
more… on the interesting case of journalist Ryan Garner, and issues of accountability
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