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Howe’s legacy as a player is only surpassed by Howe the person. It's impressive he played until he was 52 years old. But it's more impressive that, after retiring, he went on being Mr. Hockey for another 36 years, talking to everyone, signing autographs until there were no more to be signed. That took stamina and heart-felt human kindness. He was the blueprint that every athlete wanted to copy, but few could. No one had the patience or professionalism to do it. That’s why we all have a Gordie Howe story. And they all go like this: “We met. He shook my hand. And we are friends.”
-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on Gordie Howe.
TORONTO (June 6, 2016) Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration is back, with Sportsnet and Scotiabank announcing that Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will land in Kenora, ON for its 17th annual edition on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
via the CP at Sportsnet,
Don Cherry is returning to “Hockey Night in Canada” for another season.
Rogers executive Scott Moore tells The Canadian Press that the 82-year-old Cherry has agreed to a one-year contract.
The opinionated commentator’s current two-year deal expires at the end of the playoffs.
In 2013, Rogers signed a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal for NHL rights in Canada.
They took a ratings hit this spring, however, when no Canadian team made the playoffs.
Moore hinted there could be changes coming in the wake of the low-rated playoff run, saying "you tweak as you go."
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean breakdown the matchup between the Penguins and the Sharks, including game 2’s decisive and controversial faceoff.
from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable,
Without a team from Chicago, New York or Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2011, Seth Winter, executive VP of sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group, knew heading into the final round that it was going to be tough to come close to last season’s record viewership that averaged 5.6 million viewers for the six game series....
Winter says while the lack of a major market city team may hold down the ratings, the NHL audience has still been an attractive one for marketers who want to reach millennial men.
“The NHL has one of the youngest, most upscale audiences among all the sports." And he adds, it’s been an “attractive environment for auto advertisers.”
Lexus, Mercedes, GM, Chevy and Chrysler are among the auto advertisers, along with official sponsor Honda, who have bought time during the season and into the playoffs.
Other strong categories throughout the season and playoffs have been quick service restaurants, insurance, and technology.
Despite the soft Final ratings, Winter says the hockey season on the NBCU networks as a whole “has been very good once again,” adding that “we have already generated a lot of advertiser renewals for next season.”
TORONTO (June 2, 2016) - Scott Burnside, President of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that SAM ROSEN will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, and BOB VERDI will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.
TORONTO (May 26, 2016) Eighty-two regular season games played. Twelve postseason battles won. Now, only four wins separate the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins from capturing the Holy Grail of hockey, and Sportsnet is game-ready to deliver every moment of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
The battle for the Stanley Cup begins on Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT as the Penguins host the Sharks in Game 1. Fans can catch every game of the Stanley Cup Final on CBC and OMNI Television, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and stream online via Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. (See below for full broadcast details)
Sportsnet’s 2016 Stanley Cup Final full coverage details are as follows:
from Patrick Redford of Deadspin,
The Tampa Bay Lighting hosted a very well-attended viewing party on Sunday for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with Pittsburgh. Thousands went to the public showing (around 8,000 attended an analogous event last year), and the team had planned another official party for tonight’s Game 7, only to cancel it yesterday afternoon and encourage fans to head to a different, unofficial event.
The NHL told Deadspin that the Lightning were only allowed to host one official event per series, and that they’d already used up their slot on the Game 5 party. But the Sharks and Blues have each hosted multiple parties during the Western Conference Finals, and sources tell us that the NHL and NBC pressured the team to cancel tonight’s event because of worries about low TV ratings.
Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro have made watching the World Championship games more enjoyable in my opinion.
Focus on the defensemen tonight, including Kris Letang in selfish mode, the Trevor Daley injury and Brent Burns.
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