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from James Mirtle of From the Rink,
Last night, I was poking through the archives and found a snapshot of what my site looked like in December of 2005, almost exactly three years ago.
I had just 18 blogs listed in the blogroll, about half of which aren’t even around anymore:
The NHL’s mobile cooling unit departs Mobile, Alabama enroute to Wrigley Field, the home of the 2009 Winter Classic.
Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.
Question No. 3: Former Lightning head coach Barry Melrose says Steven Stamkos is not ready to play in the National Hockey League this season. Do you agree?
Bob Clarke: What’s the matter with Melrose saying something that dumb? This is a great young player who needed good coaching that he obviously didn’t get. But he’s going to be a great player in this league.
Bob McKenzie: I will say absolutely. He can play in this league and we saw an example of it on Wednesday night against Buffalo when he assisted on a goal by Martin St. Louis….
John Tortorella: Yes - there was no structure and coaching going on for those first 16 games…
more questions and answers…
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is expected to extend its TV deal with NBC through the 2009-10 season. The profit-sharing arrangement has made money for both sides, but not a great deal. The NHL and NBC each earned a profit of less than $5-million (U.S.) from the 2007-08 season, according to sources.
The extension makes sense for the NHL, which would have games airing on NBC, the U.S. Olympic network, in January of 2010 before the hockey tournament in February.
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Newsday is firing 5% of its staff during a downturn in the newspaper industry one expert called “the worst since the Depression….
According to Newsday, the travel budget is expected to be cut.
I understand there are far greater issues here, but I recommend that Newsday and the Islanders broker an appropriate travel arrangement that’s beneficial for the newspaper and maintains the coverage of the team. Just as the Islanders travel with their radio and TV broadcasters on the private team charter, beat writer Greg Logan and any other assigned Newsday writers should fly with the team to and from games. (Needless to say, the Post and Daily News should be welcomed, too).
Heidi Androl visits the Easton Hockey Factory to help build Ryan Getzlaf’s next hockey stick.
“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years. I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”
—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette
In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.
from Ben H. Rome at WeLoveDC,
You’ve had a few chances to interview Caps players and coaches - any favorites? Best quotes?
Carrie: My favorite two Caps interviews were Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin. I asked Bruce what it was like to coach what could be the greatest player right now and he said, “It’s great for me, bad for everyone else.”
Hockey is still dominated with male fans. With your experience, do you see more women becoming fans of hockey, and what can the NHL do to increase that fan base?
Carrie: I’ve seen hockey fans in all shapes and sizes, male and female, young and old, you name it. That’s a good start at least but what we do on The Hockey Show is give fans an all-access pass to everything NHL. We take fans behind the scenes and bring to life the “entertainment” side, all while paying respect to the sport itself….
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.
At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It’s averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.
The Game 1 audience is 1.348 million, up 13 per cent.
Game 2’s 763,000 is 19 per cent higher than last year.
TSN’s NHL telecasts have an average audience of 496,000 viewers, up 21 per cent from last year.
NHL Local Ratings Box Score
• The Washington Capitals‘ ratings are up 140% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to reigning NHL MVP, Alex Olvechkin, continuing his great play and leading the Caps to first place in the Southeast division.
• The Chicago Blackhawks are televising all of their regular season home games for the first time, and viewers are responding to their exciting young team with a 71% boost in average ratings from last season.
• Not only are the San Jose Sharks on top of their division, they also have an impressive 50% increase over last season’s ratings in the SF-SJ-OAK Market..
more team ratings…
Thanks to Capitals Insider for the pointer.
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