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Pat Hannigan, who played his first National Hockey League game for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1959-60 season and then enjoyed a second career broadcasting Buffalo Sabres games, has died. He was 71.
But in Fort Erie, he was better known for his social justice efforts, helping refugees new to Canada through Casa el Norte, a safe house for newcomers.
More on Pat Hannigan’s life and career at Legends of Hockey
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The door is open, then, for ESPN.
According to an ESPN source, the network could be interested if it saw a fit in terms of cost and content. The network would require playoff hockey and one night of exclusivity during the regular season. “It’s totally in the NHL’s hands,” the source said.
As one media critic expressed it, does the NHL want to be No. 7 on ESPN or No. 1 on Versus? The league does indeed receive more loving care from Versus than it did on ESPN, despite the half-hour show ESPN2 used to give it nightly, but its absence from the cable heavyweight has taken hockey one step further from the national conversation.
National Hockey League games are among the first programming to be offered through Apple’s iTunes video download service to launch Wednesday, Apple Canada has announced.
Apple began offering videos for download in the U.S. in September 2006, but the service has not been available in Canada until this week.
The top NHL games for the 2007-2008 season, a selection of Stanley Cup classics and a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup final games is to be made available, Apple said in a statement.
from BenWright of Blueland Blog,
I’m not one to ask you to do something I wouldn’t do myself, so here’s what I’ll do. If you guys can get Kovy voted into the starting lineup of the NHL All-Star Game I’ll let someone shave my head at a game or practice (logistics to be determined later). Seriously. I’ll bring the clippers and pick a fan or reader (or maybe even a player if I can pull some strings) and let them buzz off all of the hair on my scalp. Do we have a deal?
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Today’s NHL teleconference call was with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Patrick leads Chicago and all National Hockey League rookies in scoring with 28 points on 7 goals and 21 assists, playing in each of the Blackhawks 29 games so far this season. In some ways, his journey to the NHL will come full circle this Saturday when he will play his first professional game in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, when the Blackhawks visit the Sabres at the HSBC Arena.
Q. Are you even a little surprised how well things have gone for you this year?
PATRICK KANE: You know, I think coming into the season, probably the biggest thing for me was to try to make the team. Once that kind of happened, things started coming in. I seemed to get a little more ice team here and there, some more opportunities to play with better players and I had a good start. Before you know it, we’re playing—myself and Jonathan, we’re playing against the top checking lines. I guess you don’t expect things to happen that quick.
At my NHL.com blog today, I go on a “no more changes” rant.
Enough, play the game the way it was meant to be played.
From the CP via TSN,
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is the winner of the Lou Marsh Award.
The honour, decided by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star. Other finalists in a close vote were Steve Nash, Erik Guay, Adam van Koeverden and Steve Molitor.
The Lou Marsh Award is named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.
from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL plans to broadcast its first live, video broadband programs on NHL.com in promotion of the Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 in Buffalo.
The first broadcast will be a Winter Classic preview show aired live from XM’s NHL studio at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 28. The show will focus on past NHL and collegiate outdoor games and why the league is playing outdoors this year.
The second show will air two hours before face-off live from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo
The live programs represent the first step of an ambitious effort to offer more Web-specific programming on NHL.com. Depending on their success, other live shows could follow from events such as the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup playoffs.
Four games yesterday and all were available in HD via Directv. Not sure if that is the same for other satellite and cable companies, but it sure was nice to be able to watch every game in HD.
Now, if could only get HNIC in HD via Directv, life would be good.
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