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Media Access Depends On The Teams

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Players, coaches and media around the NHL are again getting used to in-person interactions, after the 2020 playoffs and the entire 2021 season were spent solely on video calls.

But there was plenty of consternation in various precincts last week when the return to full media access reporters had hoped for was suddenly dashed a couple days before camp opened.

Leadership of the Professional Hockey Writers Association had previously informed members access was expected to return to pre-pandemic policies, which would have made the NHL the first of the four major North American sports leagues to reopen its locker rooms to the media.

The caveat, of course, was that things were subject to change. And they changed quite a bit after a video meeting of team public relations directors and league officials sparked by discussions at the Player Media Tour earlier this month in Chicago.

While still in pandemic times, the NHL is now opting against a blanket policy and allowing teams to set their own policies based on local rules. As you can imagine, things are all over the map.

Teams such as the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins are welcoming reporters back to the locker room, with the Bruins even creating a tongue-in-cheek video of veteran Boston players issuing welcomes to veteran Beantown reporters. Others are opening the locker room at specific times or on certain days.

But the New York Islanders, under the firm thumb of ultra-tight general manager Lou Lamoriello, immediately announced that all interviews of players and coaches for the entire season will be on video calls. They even started training camp with no uniform numbers on sweaters and no rosters for the media, before finally producing some information for those gathered to cover a team that has legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations and will be playing in a new arena.

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It’s That Time Of Year, NHL.TV Is Now ESPN+

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Jim Hughson Announces His Retirement

added 1:13pm, Some of Hughson's great call are below the release.

September 21, 2021 – Jim Hughson is stepping away from the mic. The Hall of Fame play-by-play commentator has announced his retirement from sports broadcasting, closing out a remarkable 42-year career as one of the iconic voices of hockey in Canada.

“It’s been a fantastic run and I’d like to thank Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and all my friends and colleagues over the years for the tremendous support and countless memories,” said Hughson. “This is a decision I made in consultation with my family and I’m very much at peace with it. My only goal in this industry was to work at the highest level and on the last day of the season. I’ve had that opportunity a number of times and will always be grateful for it.”

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Video- Are You “All For Hockey”?

from the ESPN Press Room,

ESPN has released its creative promoting the National Hockey League’s return to The Walt Disney Company’s linear and direct-to-consumer platforms for sports – ABC, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu. “All for Hockey” embraces the intersection of hockey and humanity, telling the story of the game of hockey from the perspective of a wide variety of fans. ESPN worked with agency Fallon and director Michael Lawrence to capture that sentiment, focusing on creating real intimacy in each scene.

The creative debuted last night during ESPN’s coverage of Monday Night Football and will run across Disney’s owned and other paid linear and digital platforms in the lead up to and throughout the NHL season.

“TWDC believes in the game of hockey, and as real fans, we are thrilled to bring this game to center stage,” said Laura Gentile, Executive Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN. ‘All for Hockey’ looks into the lives and passions of hockey fans, who can now enjoy the NHL in more ways than ever before, including more than 1,000 games on ESPN+”

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Below, watch the spot.

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ESPN And Partners Broadcast Schedule

via the NHL PR department,

For the first time since 2004, the National Hockey League (NHL) returns to The Walt Disney Company.  ESPN’s industry-leading collection of television and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms will showcase the world’s best hockey beginning with a season-opening doubleheader on October 12. The 2021-2022 season will showcase 103 exclusive regular season games across ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC. In addition, more than 1,000 out-of-market games will be available on ESPN+.

Beginning October 12, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu become the destination for Tuesday night hockey throughout the regular season. ESPN+ and Hulu will also showcase an exclusive game every Friday night until January, then every Thursday night for the remainder of the regular season. ABC will regularly carry Saturday games beginning in February.

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TNT Broadcast Schedule

WarnerMedia press release,

Turner Sports, in its first season of NHL coverage, will feature a 50-game telecast schedule during the 2021-22 NHL regular season, starting Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a TNT opening week doubleheader featuring the New York Rangers visiting the Washington Capitals in one of the fiercest rivalries in sports at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Colorado Avalanche and Nathan MacKinnon hosting the Chicago Blackhawks, with the anticipated Chicago debut of 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury, at 10 p.m.
 
The NHL on TNT’s weekly schedule will include exclusive coverage on 25 Wednesday nights throughout the season – including 15 doubleheaders. Starting in Spring 2022, the network will add seven weeks of Sunday afternoon telecasts for March and April.

TNT will be the home of the NHL’s marquee outdoor games this season:

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Turner Sports Studio Team

from WarnerMedia,

Turner Sports NHL Studio Team to Feature Collection of Accomplished Analysts Including “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonnette, Alongside Host Liam McHugh

Brendan Burke and Darren Pang Added as Commentator Team, Working in Tandem with Previously Announced Pairing of Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk

Keith Jones to Provide Ice-Level Analysis, with Jennifer Botterill, Tarik El-Bashir and Jackie Redmond as Contributors; Andrew ‘Nasher’ Telfer to Become Key Creator for Bleacher Report’s New ‘Open Ice’ Content Vertical

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USA Hockey Announced Hall Of Fame Class Onf 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stan Fischler,  Paul Holmgren, and Peter McNab will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2021, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

"Stan, Paul and Peter have all had an enormously positive impact on American hockey over the course of many decades,” said Mike Trimboli, president of USA Hockey. “Their extraordinary contributions to our sport continue today and will be felt for generations to come. Our warmest congratulations to each of them on their well-deserved selection and we look forward to the formal enshrinement ceremonies later this year.” 

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Chris Johnston Leaves Sportsnet, Joins The Toronto Star

from Chris Johnston of the Toronto Star,

Why here? Why now?

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and acknowledge that I didn’t see this coming two months ago, let alone more. But there is power in possibility and what quickly became apparent in discussions is that there’s an exciting future to be found here, not just a glorious past.

Thanks to new ownership, there’s a renewed emphasis on sports. The coverage from the Tokyo Olympics was top shelf. The commitment to growth can be found in recent hires, the rollout of new stats packages and some fascinating developments brewing behind the scenes. It’s why I’m now working for a new venture that will see my work appear in the Toronto Star, in addition to other sites and apps.

So in this era of big, constant change on the sports media landscape, I followed the lead of more than 100 NHLers this summer and chose a new home for my writing.

It just felt right.

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What Version Of Chris Chelios Will We See?

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

The day is fast approaching when a whole bunch of new names — Chris Chelios and Mark Messier (ESPN) and Wayne Gretzky (Turner) among them — will appear on our screens to break down games and discuss the league. Network executives will tell you that their hires, particularly Hall of Famers, will bring the heat.

Know what would be good TV?

Chelios and Gary Bettman having a discussion about what’s good for the game. Wonder how much they’d agree.

If they get to talking labor issues, it might get tense. In 1994, as Lockout 1 was under way and those beneath the executive level were losing paychecks, Chelios wondered aloud about Bettman’s safety … and didn’t seem too concerned about it.

“If I was Gary Bettman, I’d worry about my family, about my well-being,” Chelios said. “He’s going to affect a lot of people. Some crazed fan or even a player — who knows? — they might take it into their own hands and figure they get him out of the way, things might get settled. You hate to see something like that happen, but he took the job.”

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