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STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 5, 2015 – The puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL regular season this Wednesday, Oct. 7, with an opening night doubleheader on NBCSN. Game coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, and raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters. NBCSN’s doubleheader shifts to the west coast at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quickand the Los Angeles Kings welcome Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks.
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Rangers-Blackhawks, while John Forslund(play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary for Sharks-Kings.
Opening night coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh. He will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as veteran TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, providing pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
NBCSN’s opening week of NHL coverage continues on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET, when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild.
Banishing Bowen and Ralph from the road and having them broadcast away games from a Toronto studio is incredibly bush-league considering how much the travel for these two broadcasters costs in the big scheme of things and how much the Leafs are worth — not to mention how storied this franchise is and how much money this team pulls in every year.
This move basically sends a message to the team’s millions of fans that this franchise isn’t all that special anymore.
-Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on this topic.
You have probably heard by now the news of the radio crew of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be calling road games from a studio in Toronto.
They will no longer travel with the team and I imagine the cost of travel makes it cost prohibitive for the radio network to pick up.
With that in mind, would you be upset if your team did the same thing?
Do you even listen to the radio broadcast of hockey games, will it matter to you if the broadcasters are not on site?
This is astounding for #Leafs, richest team in NHL. I believe they pay Bowen, Ralph, not Bell, Rogers.
One correction to last tweet, MLSE stopped paying Bowen, Ralph last season. Rogers, Bell jointly pay them this season. Still bush-league.
Will have more to say later but I'm sure other NHL radio teams now worried what their far less wealthy employers will do with travel.
from Toronto Sports Media,
Multiple sources are telling me that the direct result of the Toronto Maple Leafs banning Bowen and Ralph from team charters (along with TV folks) is that the radio crew will be left to call the games from a studio, here in Toronto, watching on tv!!!
Now the Leafs have not said a word about the report from Toronto Sports Media so I would be interested to hear what they have to say.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (Sept. 22, 2015) – With 15 days to go until the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season, NHL Network today announced the on-air talent lineup for its three signature studio shows, NHL Live™ Powered By Constellation, NHL Tonight™ and On The Fly™.
The roster of analysts includes longtime NHL Network personalities E.J. Hradek and veteran goaltender Kevin Weekes, plus Hall of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens, 20-year veteran and two-time Stanley Cup winner John MacLean, two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Reid, 2003 Stanley Cup winner Mike Rupp, longtime NHL executive and GM of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers Neil Smith, 14-year head coach, 2004 Stanley Cup champion and Team USA 2016 World Cup head coach John Tortorella, and 16-year veteran Martin Biron, 15-year veteran Brian Boucher, and 12-year veteran Mike Johnson. The accomplishments among the group of former players, GMs and coaches include a combined 11 Stanley Cup championships, 74 Playoff appearances and over 6,800 career NHL games played.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Let’s Stop Using Players’ Twitter Handles in News Updates
This one’s on you, fellow reporters. There’s a time and a place to tag someone in a tweet. Breaking news is not one of those times. When you tweet out that you’re “Hearing that @snizzydawg27 could be asking for a trade” or “Just saw that @burpledurple98 has been placed on waivers” or “Currently watching @BigDaddyThimbleFingers161853 break into the referees’ dressing room and start beating them about the head and face with his blocker,” nobody knows who you’re talking about. And we’re sure not going to move our mouse pointer 3 inches and click on the name to find out, because what do we look like, triathletes?
If you’re engaging in playful online banter with a player, tag away. They’re not going to reply to you, because they secretly hate us all, but no harm done. But if the guy just went face-first into the crossbar and is picking his wisdom teeth out of the crease, he’s probably not faving your tweet. Just tell us his name.
Let’s Just Enjoy 3-on-3 Overtime
This season, the NHL will introduce a fairly major rule change. Overtime games will now be played 3-on-3, down from the 4-on-4 that’s been the standard for years (and the 5-on-5 at which regulation time is played).
That means that each team will be using just three skaters and a goalie, creating all sorts of open ice. It’s going to be different. It’s going to be weird. It’s going to be fun.
SECAUCUS (Sept. 16, 2015) - As NHL training camps open this week, NHL Network announced its upcoming programming schedule ahead of the 2015-16 season, featuringmore than 40 preseason game telecasts in 15 days, a new studio show schedule, and 12 live regular season games in October.
NHL Network's slate of preseason games will begin this Sunday, September 20, with the New Jersey Devils against the Boston Bruins at 7:00 p.m. ET. On Thursday, September 24, NHL Network and NHL.com will exclusively air the fourth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, a showcase of the top U.S. players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, called live by Steve Mears, E.J. Hradek and Brian Duff from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo at 7:00 p.m. ET. The full list of NHL Network’s 2015 preseason game schedule can be viewed here.
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