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Behind the Scenes

From Simon Dingley at CBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Blog,

It is something few reporters experience.

Behind the scenes, at the Stanley Cup final. Outside the winning team’s dressing room in the moments leading up to the trophy being awarded.

Wednesday night during the second period of Game 6, I parked myself beside the Red Wings’ room at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena. Usually I cover NHL games from the press box. But I feared if I didn’t get down to the Wings’ room early, I may not get in at all because of the huge crush of media.

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  Tags: media, stanley+cup+finals

Fan for a Moment

imagePhotographer David Guralnick of the Detroit News treated himself to a drink from the Stanley Cup last night and posted this photo on their website.  Captioning the original image, Guralnick remarked:

Back during the 2002 Cup celebration, I passed on an opportunity to drink from the Stanley Cup. I always regretted it. So when the Cup came my way in the locker room Wednesday night, I wasn’t going to pass it up again.

But from Puck Daddy, a problem:

His industry peers on SportsJournalists.com are debating the ethics of his actions, with the initial post calling it “particularly fan-boy homerish.”

C’mon ... it’s the Stanley Cup. People love the Stanley Cup. [...] The key phrase in Guralnick’s caption: ” ... when the Cup came my way in the locker room.” In other words, he wasn’t asking for it. Something glorious gets passed your way, you don’t turn it down.

I’d have to agree. If those are indeed Mr. Guralnick’s “industry peers”, they need to get over it. The world of ethical journalism is not rocked to its core because some photographer had a sip from the Stanley Cup when the team was good enough to offer it.

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  Tags: ethics, media

You’re Playing With My Song

from the National Post via Canada.com,

The woman who composed Canada’s unofficial national anthem the theme song that has opened every Hockey Night in Canada broadcast since 1968 is suing the CBC.

Dolores Claman alleges the public broadcaster has repeatedly used the distinctive theme song in broadcasts not covered under her licence agreement and has refused requests to negotiate additional fees, according to a statement of claim filed in an Ontario court this week.

“The conduct of the CBC is high-handed, reprehensible and oppressive,’’ says the lawsuit, which asks for damages totalling $2.5 million.

Ruth-Ellen Soles, spokeswoman for the CBC, confirmed the company received the statement of claim Thursday and is reviewing it, but wouldn’t comment further.

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addedd 10:24am, from Canada.com,

What has long been known as Canada’s “second national anthem,” CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada theme song, will no longer be used.

Thursday night’s Stanley Cup final game six was the last time “dunt- da-dunt- da-dunt,” was played, according to the song’s composer. CBC has announced the corporation is moving in a “new direction.”

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation advised the composer, Dolores Claman, that it is not prepared to enter into a new license agreement with respect to the use of the theme.

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Big Audiences for NHL Video Online

From Business Wire:

After Tuesday night’s triple-overtime thriller during Stanley Cup Final Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, on Wednesday National Hockey League (NHL) fans consumed more streaming video at NHL.com than any other single day in the history of the site.

On Wednesday, fans flocking to the NHL Network Online, and tuning to the Game Highlights Channel presented by Verizon Wireless, consumed 50 percent more streaming video than NHL.com’s previous daily record. The achievement is particularly notable because the amount of highlight video consumed in the wake of Game 5 eclipsed nights when the NHL has had 15 games being played across North America.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media

Is NBC Beating CBC in Hockey Coverage?

From James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,

The unthinkable has happened.

Hockey Night in Canada, the absolute gold standard in hockey broadcasting for generations, is being matched - and in some aspects beaten - in its coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.

By NBC, no less. An American network.

It’s sacrilege to even suggest such a thing. Hockey fans expect HNIC to be the best because, well, it always has been.

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  Tags: cbc, hnic, media, nbc

KK Poll- Watching The Stanley Cup Finals

What TV network are you watching the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals on?

Comments are encouraged.

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A Dream Series Still Possible

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

In prime time, this could have been an effective infomercial for the NHL and the sport in the United States on NBC, from Game 3 and beyond.

It still can be—if the Penguins stop looking for conspiracy theories, cease being so paranoid about the officiating and can overcome what in some cases seems to be a curious lack of focus, as in Malkin’s case (in the series with the Cup on the line). Maybe, even if it ends Monday night, if the Penguins stop looking like a team that can’t yet handle the ultimate pressures, this still can go down as a great series. If they extend it, it truly can be…

A dream series.

more…

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  Tags: media

NBC Dropped the Ball

From Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy,

The biggest disappointments in Game 4 ... well, I was going to say it was the strange lack of fire from the Penguins during stretches; but in reality, and without a doubt, they were found in NBC’s broadcast.

While it was nice the telecast acknowledged the tragedy, failing to show the moment of silence before the game in honor of Luc Bourdon was a disgrace and showed a massive misunderstanding of NBC’s hockey audience. The death of an NHL player is a rather atypical occurrence; a moment of silence before a Stanley Cup finals game for a fallen peer is extraordinary. It was a newsworthy moment, and NBC dropped the ball.

and more thoughts on game #4

Update 1:15pm ET: Also from Greg today, Darren McCarty’s thoughts from years back on the horrors of a nude Brendan Shanahan.

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  Tags: luc+bourdon, media, nbc

NBC Excellence

From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,

Besides, the NBC telecasts are excellent. I love the element Pierre McGuire provides between the benches, delivering heat-of-the moment interviews and the occasional report on trash talk.

When Tomas Holmstrom was injured late in Game 3 after being dumped by Hal Gill, McGuire told us one of the Penguins skated by the bench (Tyler Kennedy if memory serves correctly) and said in a disbelieving tone to the combative Swede, “That hurt you?”

That was followed by another Penguin telling Wings forward Kirk Maltby it was time he retired.

It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it’s the kind of inside-the-game feel you don’t get anywhere else.

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  Tags: nbc, pierre+mcguire

The NHL Hour With Guest Vincent Lecavalier

Vincent Lecavalier 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

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