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fromm the Mercury News,
They played him alongside Russ Hodges. That’s saying a lot.
OK, so it was hyperbole and some humor from KNBR’s Gary Radnich on Wednesday morning. But Randy Hahn’s TV call of Joe Thornton’s game-winning goal Tuesday night is destined to become part of the Sharks soundtrack, particularly if the goal leads to a playoff run that at last won’t disappoint fans.
“HE SCORES! HE SCORES! HE SCORES!” Simple. And, no, it’s no “The Giants win the pennant!” But it packed some deep-seated emotion.
“It’s raw, it’s primal,” Hahn told us Wednesday. “It just comes from inside you. And in that moment, you know what, it comes especially on the road for me.”
Watch and hear Hahn’s call…
Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report. From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:
The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is a few days away from announcing a two-year contract extension with NBC that will keep hockey broadcasts on the network through 2009-10.
The second year of the extension would allow NBC to market its 2010 Olympic hockey coverage by airing NHL games in January leading up to the February tournament.
NBC’s ratings have been up and down. The high point was the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Buffalo, which earned a 2.2 national rating (percentage of U.S. households tuned in).
from Jason Reitman’s blog at NHL.com,
Current Jews still in the playoffs include Mathieu Schneider (Red Wings) and Jeff Helpern (Capitals). Synagogues across the world are praying for Detroit and Washington to meet in the ultimate Jew-on-Jew Cup Finals.
more and Jason, you need to study your rosters again!
via TV by the Numbers,
The Flyers/Caps game fared better in the local markets, drawing a 3.8 in Philadelphia and 3.0 in Washington, DC, which is very good for a town not considered by many not to be a hockey town. It looks like Ted is converting them slowly, though neither Philly or DC is like Detroit which had a 9.8 local rating for Saturday’s game. Nashville had a 2.0 local rating for the game.
Steve at Eye on the Media has some national numbers if you missed it…
From Michael Schuerlein at IslesBlogger.com,
There comes a time when you sometimes need to step back from the fun stuff and take a serious look at life. This is one of those times - please read on.
My buddy’s brother-in-law Hank was recently diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Hank has already been through one round of chemo and after being back at work part-time for a few months, his last day of work was Tuesday. He’ll be out of commission again for 3-4 months while he undergoes a stem cell transplant.
read on for more of Hank’s story and what Michael is doing to help.
Donations for the Shave to Save campaign—note: Hank’s wife will be shaving her head if she can raise $10,000 to help others suffering from this disease—can be made here.
The marketing alliance includes co-branded and co-produced spots featuring Myers and content from the film to air during NHL game broadcasts on NBC, VERSUS, CBC and TSN, online and in NHL arenas, exclusive NHL.com content and retail activations, all designed to promote the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the June 20, 2008 nationwide theatrical release of the comedy.
The 30-second TV spot, produced in cooperation with the movie studio by NHL Productions, mixes NHL game action with scenes and dialogue from the film. The spot will be seen in various NHL game broadcasts and in-arena. NHL.com will feature unique content, including “The Love Guru” advice column, cast player faux biographies, blogs and behind-the-scenes video clips and photo galleries. In addition to airing “The Love Guru” trailers and NHL-produced spots in-arena, NHL clubs will support the partnership during Stanley Cup Playoff games, offering its fans various co-branded giveaways, including passes to screenings of the film and promotional items.
Watch the trailer…
from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
For the first time since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL pushed the metrics of attendance and TV ratings in the same direction — up.
The league set its second post-lockout attendance record, drawing 21.2 million fans to its rinks. Average attendance rose 1.8 percent to 17,268 fans a game, and the all-important metric of paid attendance increased 2 percent and reached an average of just more than 16,000 fans.
The success at the gates was matched on national television. Versus saw its ratings increase from a 0.2 to a 0.3 average cable rating while average total viewership was up 28 percent from 212,366 in 2006-07 to 272,417 in 2007-08. NBC’s ratings rose from a 0.9 to a 1.0 household rating and viewership rose 11 percent to 1.5 million over nine telecasts.
NBC commentator Mike Milbury was asked to make believe he was the team’s coach and gave his analysis of what the team needed to do to win: “so, I’m in the Washington cra-capaitals dre—ahh. I said Crapitals. That’s what it is today. Washington Capitals dressing room…”
Milbury halfway apologized for using the same dumb insult for the Caps that immature fans of teams in cities like Boston and New York have been using for decades. It’s understandable. He’s worked most of his career for teams in those towns, and at least Milbury doesn’t call the play by play. At least he’s only on screen between periods. At least the play by play comes from experienced professionals, led by respected veteran announcer Mike Emerick.
Wait, did we say respected?
from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
If anyone alive is more steeped in hockey tradition or hockey culture than Dick Irvin, that person is purely fictional. Dick Irvin, however, is real. His father, James Dickinson “Dick” Irvin, was a Hockey Hall of Fame player, an original Chicago Black Hawk in 1926 (their first captain, in fact) who became a Stanley Cup winning coach for Toronto and then Montreal during the glory days of Rocket Richard. Young Dick, Jr. absorbed his father’s love for the game, became a sports broadcaster in Montreal and made his own mark as an announcer for Hockey Night in Canada as well as the Canadiens. He was a Hockey Hall of Fame Media Honoree in 1988.
In the ’60s, Irvin was paired with Danny Gallivan, probably the greatest hockey play-by-play announcer of all time, and became the sport’s first color commentator.
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