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from my NHL.com column today,
Monday was a great ‘Happy Hockey Day’ across the web. I am going to share with you many of the stories that were sent to me and I ask you to read each one. You will come away smiling and hopefully have a better appreciation for our game.
I am listing the stories in no particular order and am only highlighting some of the story from each submission. Just click the link to read the full article and I hope you enjoy the stories from ‘Happy Hockey Day’!
Five and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hits from the past week in the NHL.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
Lacking the same romantic connections to hockey that are held by their Canadian brothers and sisters, American reporters often display a harder edge when covering the game. Veteran New York City hockey maven Stan Fischler, for instance, never shies away from controversy and recently described Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price as being nothing more than a “big stiff”. On a more serious note, meanwhile, it should be pointed out that a Massachusetts-based newspaper man named Russ Conway took the lead role into the investigation of corruption inside the NHL Player’s Association that resulted in Alan Eagleson being sentenced to prison.
With that combination of “tell-it-like-it-is” moxy combined with dogged reporting skills, it’s no surprise that Canadian media outlets are starting to incorporate Americans into their hockey coverage.
added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.
I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09! I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.
NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.
Four games today, but only two televised. Still better than watching the Detroit Lions, even though they don’t play today!
from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”
“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.
With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing
75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)
During the Hotstove on HNIC these topics were discussed: Pierre LeBrun reports the Blackhawks are looking at Sundin, but a lot of salary would have to be moved, either Martin Havlat or Nikolai Khabulin.
Mike Cammalleri is being shopped by Calgary according to Al Strachan.
Craig MacTavish is feeling the heat but will not be fired, too close to Kevin Lowe for that to happen.
From Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy,
If you’ve never heard The NHL Hour with Gary Bettman, you can download the podcasts on NHL.com. What you’ll find is that Bettman is his usual well-informed self, digging his heels in on a myriad of issues and never giving an inch during a discussion. The man has a politician’s gift for staying on message, even if he’s never had a politician’s gift for charisma.
But you’ll also find the program is a Twilight Zone where harsh criticism of Bettman’s performance over the last 15 years doesn’t seem to exist. The callers are, to a fault, polite and complementary. If they guys behind Gary Bettman Sucks or Fire Bettman are calling in, they might be on lithium.
I wanted to draw your attention today to the KK Member Blog area, where HockeyinHD gives a side of the story we do not normally read about on this topic.
Also, for the folks who have been writing their own blog there, may I suggest updating your KK member profile. I know a few folks involved in the business who want to know a little bit more about you so updating your profile may be to your advantage.
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