Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Shawn Lavigne of Home Ice XM204,
18 years ago today on July 28, 1990 I should have died…literally
I was driving home from an overnight radio shift at CFRA in Ottawa and was one mile away from my home when I had a head-on collision with a truck. I fell asleep my car was destroyed and my body was mangled, I was given a 30 percent chance of survival and if I pulled through I faced paralysis….
In the end though when people feel sorry for me I always tell them it could have been worse. The greatest inspiration in my recovery was two things. My family and my friends! They never let me get down. There was no pity party only love and encouragement. It is amazing what a note, a card, or a visit does to pick someone’s spirits up. My mom never left my bedside until she knew I was out of danger.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Milbury’s addition raises the question of what the future holds for another HNIC regular with Boston connections - P. J. Stock. There won’t be much room on the Hotstove with ring master Ron MacLean, Milbury and Scott Morrison taking up three of the four spots. HNIC likes to throw in Eric Duhatschek, Pierre LeBrun or Al Strachan in the fourth spot, and that leaves little or no room for Stock.
But CBC Sports head honcho Scott Moore told me yesterday: “We’re definitely keeping young Stock. He has a future.”
Moore said HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak is still putting the pieces of the telecast together, but predicted Stock will have a “slightly expanded role.”
more on Milbury…
Thanks to the hockey bloggers, we still have something to read in late July.
Check out my NHL.com blog today for a bunch of ‘pointers’.
Hockey Night in Canada will welcome a familiar face and opinionated hockey mind next season, with Mike Milbury joining the show as an analyst.
Milbury, who has spent over 30 years in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager, will also be a regular contributor to the Hot Stove segment on HNIC.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak said in a statement. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what’s happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”
Update 3:53pm ET: Speaking of Milbury’s “entertaining style,” that sort of demands we point to this video (embedded below). The footage is terrible, but somewhere in that muck you can see #28 beating a hockey fan with his own shoe…
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
The hockey blog-heads can be witty, irreverent, knowledgable and a much-needed prod in the ribs to mainstream media. But that’s during the roughly 10-month season. When blog items sorting out the nuances of the Marty Reasoner signing in Atlanta show up in deepest July, well, it’s time for William Shatner to reprise the “Get a life” pep talk he satirically delivered to those tediously committed Trekkies in a Saturday Night Live sketch about 15 years ago.
“It’s the middle of July, for crying out loud,” I can hear Shatner intoning. “What have you done with yourselves?”
This off-season talent churn is meant to be one of the real beauties of the New NHL, of course, a way to remake a failing roster into a Stanley Cup contender in a hurry.
XM Radio’s free 7-day online trial* now includes NHL Home Ice, which is a very nice upgrade.
The puck drops every day on the world’s fastest sport. Listen to the action on NHL Home Ice - XM 204, the world’s first hockey channel. Delivering a high energy mix of information and entertainment, NHL Home Ice is the on-ice leader for fans across North America with analysis, excitement, up-to-the-second news…
Just go to XM Radio.com or XM Radio.ca (for Canadians) to sign up. Once you’ve registered and activated your account, go to the “Sports” tab on the player, and you’ll see NHL Home Ice (XM 204) available on the list below.
Note: I’m not certain of the reason, but the trial that appeared for me on the Canada link was a 7 day trial; Paul’s—going through the .com address—was for 3 days.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Instructed by former Hockey Night producer John Shannon not to take broadcast courses after being hired, Hrudey’s success stems from being as likable as they come.
“I’m happy with my life,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I used to play hockey, now I talk hockey. The beauty of my job is that as much as I talk to people in the industry, it’s my opinion.”
Over the years, he’s done well to distance himself from his playing brethren to the point he openly criticizes players when warranted.
Unlike the bombastic Don Cherry, Hrudey’s approach is much more measured. Armed with four satellite dishes, eight feeds and endless PVR recordings, Hrudey sits in his Calgary home office during the season watching endless game coverage before hitting the road each weekend.
From TSN, some must-see TV tonight:
For the first time since the end of the Ottawa Senators’ season, Ray Emery will face the media, as he sits down for a one-on-one in-depth interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg, airing tonight on Off The Record (OTR) at 6 p.m. ET.
The interview, a special extended two-part Up Front segment, also marks the first time the controversial goaltender has spoken publicly since being bought out by his former NHL club and joining the new Russian Continental Hockey League.
The show can be watched live on TSN in Canada, or on video which will be provided online here after the show has concluded.
added 7:13pm (Paul), Here is the direct link to watch Emery on OTR…
Update 8:09pm ET (alanah): Waiting for Stanley breaks down the high points of the interview.
By George James Malik
—of Snapshots at MLive
It was one of those 5 AM, running-on-no-sleep entries, where you’re actually surprised that nobody’s signed Marian Hossa at 3:30, so you go poking around the far corners of the internet, essentially shaking the tree to see if there are any nuts left.
Today is the final episode of NHL Live! on the NHL Network for the 2007-2008 season. Tune in today between 12 and 2pm ET for the final show before Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek go on their summer hiatus.
Watch on the NHL Network (television) or online at this link.
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