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Ed Olczyk On His Fight Against Cancer

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

"I think it’s OK to be scared,” Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk said of his cancer fight in an interview on Thursday night. “I still am, because I’ll have to deal with cancer the rest of my life.”

Olcczyk began a half-year chemotherapy regimen after an August diagnosis of Stage 3 colon cancer days before his 51st birthday and had surgery to remove a tumor the size of his fist. He told WGN-Ch. 9’s Julie Unruh he views the ordeal in transactional terms.

“I’m trading in, hopefully, six months for 50 more years,” Olczyk said. “That’s my goal. Like, that’s the thing, for as hard as it is and as hard it’s going to be, that’s what I’m doing.”


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Video- Hometown Hockey With Gordon Lightfoot

Hometown Hockey made a stop in Oriella, ON on Sunday.  Both Ron MacLean and Tara Slone had the chance to talk with Gordon Lightfoot.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Broken hands caused by bad gloves and the front-running Montreal fans were a few of the topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.


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Greg Wyshynski Hired By ESPN

ESPN press release

ESPN announced today it has hired award-winning writer and editor Greg Wyshynski to be a leading voice for NHL content, covering the league as a reporter and analyst across platforms. Along with fellow ESPN hockey reporter Emily Kaplan, Wyshynski will write NHL news and analysis each week during the season and be seen and heard across platforms, including SportsCenter. He will start at ESPN on Monday, October 16.

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Video- You Know it Is Hockey Season When The HNIC Montage Appears



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Watching Hockey On Devices May Be The Next Step

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Market research in all sports shows that getting customers in the door is not good enough anymore. Today’s consumer wants an immersive and mobile experience: in the concourses, at the concessions stands, in the pro shop, and in the bathroom, all while remaining connected to the game.

For NHL teams, the trick is to marry everything into one sticky bundle that is more attractive to the fan than the alternatives — YouTube, Netflix, Facebook — in his or her pocket. It’s not easy to hit on the secret sauce at the rink. It’s even harder at home.

Everybody knows hockey in person is a crackling, flammable product. It is multi-sensory immersion: watching the speed of the players, hearing the crunch of checks, even smelling the whiff of equipment from behind the bench. It’s impossible to replicate the experience for television viewers, especially given how some watchers are no longer consuming the game on wide screens. Somehow, the league, teams, and broadcast rightsholders have to make the sport presentable on the same phones that offer dozens of other entertainment options.

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Video- NBCSN Tribute To Dave Strader

Well worth the 3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Services For Dave Strader

via the Dallas Stars,

The following services will be held in memory of television legend Dave Strader, who passed away yesterday following a battle with cholangiocarcinoma.

Calling Hours - Thursday October 5, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Cool Insuring Arena (formerly called the Civic Center)

Celebration of Life - Friday October 6, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church at 400 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of the following:

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Dave Strader Has Passed Away

FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars mourn the passing of television legend Dave Strader at the age of 62. He passed away this morning after battling cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer, for over a year. Strader is survived by his wife, Colleen, son Christopher and wife Karen, their daughter Sydney (granddaughter) and beloved Boston terrier Lady Stanley, son Casey and wife Dr. Mary, their son Charles (grandson), and son Trevor.

Strader's legendary television career was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame on April 17, 2017 when it was announced that he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. He will be honored at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon on Nov. 13 in Toronto, Ontario and his award plaque will be displayed in the Esso Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside past award recipients.

Known affectionately as "The Voice", Strader joined the Stars in the 2015-16 season. Following that campaign, he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma and was limited to calling five games for the team during the 2016-17 regular season. In his return to the booth on Feb. 18, the Stars won a memorable game in which Antoine Roussel recorded a hat trick and Jamie Benn won the game with an overtime goal in a 4-3 victory against Tampa Bay. Following the game, Benn organized an impromptu team-wide salute to Strader, raising their sticks to the venerable play-by-play man who was stationed in the broadcast booth above them.  That game garnered two Lone Star Emmy nominations that were announced earlier this week.  Strader also went on to call a number of games for NBC during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Greg Wyshynski Says Goodbye To Yahoo

from Greg Wyshynski of gregwyshynski.com,

I’ve been told that two of my greatest assets as a writer are my speed and my creativity, so naturally I’ve been staring at a blank screen for six hours and can’t think of a single clever way to announce that today is my last day at Yahoo Sports, after nine years as editor of the Puck Daddy blog.

This is a decision I made during the summer, and it’s been in the works for the last few weeks. I apologize for not being more upfront about it, but there were a lot of moving parts.

Simply put: I didn’t want to spend the next three years trying to recreate something that couldn’t be recreated. To try and maintain standards I set for myself, and for you, that couldn’t be maintained, given the changes in staff, resources and objectives after the sale to Verizon.


His website is having off and on issues right now, so you may want to try a little later.

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