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from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.
“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”
Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.
Just some FYI’s from the networks. First, from TSN,
TSN today unveiled its comprehensive 2007/08 NHL on TSN national broadcast package, which features 70 regular season games highlighted by increased coverage of the Canadian clubs, three all-Canadian match-ups, 38 games in High Definition, the weekly staple Wednesday Night Hockey, the addition of analyst Mike Milbury, the return of Molson That’s Hockey, extensive preview shows, five Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts, and the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And at Sportsnet:
Bill Clement, one of the most recognizable and respected voices in hockey, joins Rogers Sportsnet beginning Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/MT/PT) on Hockeycentral Season Preview.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.
Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.
Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.
Blogging at NHL.com today, we prepare for London!
InDemand has Center Ice information up. Today is the first day it appeared online.
Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.
Update 2:30pm ET:
We’ve added a link to NHL Live under the broadcasting section of the KK Hockey Links page, so it’s handy for people to grab in future. The show is on live Monday to Friday.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Broadcast booths throughout the NHL are chock-a-block full of former players working as colour commentators, but Randy Moller is taking one giant leap for microphone mankind by actually calling the games for the Florida Panthers this season.
Moller, who grew up in Red Deer, was the 11th overall player picked in the ‘81 draft, going to the Quebec Nordiques. The defenceman played more than 800 NHL games, winding up his career in Florida in the mid 90s.
He’s worked as a host and colour guy on the radio games as the Panthers’ VP of broadcasting and will now be the first former player to call games full-time.
From the Star Tribune,
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.
Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”
Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent. “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”
ESPN has provided a video collection of the greatest plays of last season, with some pretty nice image quality. Three videos are available below: the goals, the saves and the hits.
The NHL and the New York Post have hired the New York office of Young & Rubicam to handle creative assignments on their respective brands, the agency said today. For the NHL, the WPP shop, with its Toronto office, is producing a campaign that will include TV spots, print, digital marketing and cinema ads.
The bulk of the work will break around the start of the league’s season on Oct. 3.
Does this mean Larry Brooks will be the new NHL spokesperson?
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