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The NHL Hour—with Ken Holland

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.

At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com. 

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  Tags: gary+bettman, interview, ken+holland, media

Puck Tracking Update

A couple days ago, Steve pointed to the story about the interest Versus might have in “puck tracking” (i.e. flashbacks to the infamous glowing puck).  Today, William Houston at the Globe & Mail notes that any such plans would be limited:

Versus is pursuing a puck-tracking technology that, according to USA Today, could be used as soon as the next NHL season. This would be for replays rather than live coverage. Anything involving a live application - such as the FoxTrax from the 1990s - would require the NHL’s approval and participation.

*hat-tip to Puck Daddy for the pointer

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  Tags: versus

Watching Versus

Stamford, CONN. (May 13, 2008)—VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL and the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, garnered a 1.7 National HH rating for its telecast of the Flyers/Penguins Game 2 Conference Final round match-up on Sunday, May 11.  It was the most-watched telecast ever in network history among total viewers (2,345,834) and the highest rated and the most-watched NHL telecast ever on the network. 

Viewership for the May 11 telecast topped the previous record set during the 2008 Conference Semifinal round with Game 4 of the Rangers/Penguins series on May 1 (1,184,519 total viewers) and the rating surpassed the previous high (1.1) set during the 2006 Conference Final round with Game 7 of the Buffalo/Carolina series. 

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An 11th Hour Switch- Game 1 ECF In HD On Versus

Just received a phone call from Versus, Game 1 of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Series will be in HD on VERSUS!!

Good new all around!  And yes, they heard you!

added 2:25pm, Just wanted to thank Versus for working with me and making it right for HD hockey fans.  Hope everyone enjoys the game.

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All About Bob

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

In an interview this week, we asked Cole how he felt about the criticism.

“When you pick up the paper, and you get ripped, well, okay, you have to live with it,” he said. “But you have to keep saying to yourself, well, maybe the whole world isn’t thinking this way. Then you get reassured when you meet hockey fans and they’re so kind to you. That makes you feel good.”

Despite criticisms that he misidentifies players too often, Cole’s work this season has received kudos from people in the business.

more

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  Tags: bob+cole

No HD For ECF Game 1

Just got off the phone with Versus and game 1 of the ECF will not be broadcast in HD.  They have a commitment to show the golf show from the TPC.

So the Pens/Flyers game will only be in SD, so set your DVRs properly if recording.

added 9:36pm, As a few KK readers pointed out, the Flyers have a schedule up Friday’s game that lists both Versus and MOJO HD.  That will help some folks out, others will not be so lucky.

When I spoke to Versus today, they told me no other channels would be broadcasting the game in HD in the US.

Update 2:18pm ET May 9th: Good news update… HD for the game!

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VERSUS HD Update

Just heard from Versus and the opening game of the ECF between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is still not in HD.

I will keep you updated as it becomes available.

Update May 8th, 12:35pm: More information available here.

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Goal Of The Year

The folks at NHL Network discuss the best of the best goals.

Watch below…

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Do You Watch Hockey in HD?

Yesterday, I confessed at the tail-end of a post that I’ve never seen a hockey game in HD. I expected to be almost alone in this, but apparently not—and a few of the commenters who responded are prominent hockey bloggers, who also don’t have HD readily available.  Some of their thoughts:

Mike Chen: “Don’t feel bad, I’ve got standard def too. Sometimes, bills are just more important than kick-ass TV.”
Earl Sleek from Battle of California: “I haven’t seen a game in HD either, and I thought I was the only one!  Maybe we’re missing out, but I dunno.  I have yet to really say, “damn, what’s going on out there?”
Baroque from HockeyTownTodd: “I too haven’t seen a game in HD. And I have no trouble seeing the puck on my little non-wall-sized television, either.”

But others raved about the technology, as well (*more of their comments here).  So I’m curious about this on a bigger scale—Do you have HDTV? If you want to use the comments here to say why or why not, please do.  After all, owning something like this isn’t cheap.  Is it worth it?

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  Tags: hdtv, media, television

HD And Versus

I just got off the phone with Versus and they tell me Thursday’s game between the Wings and Stars will be in HD.

However, the Friday game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is still up in the air.  They are trying to work something out with the Golf Channel which shares air time with VersusHD on Friday nights.

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