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NEW YORK (January 17, 2008) – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut, Willie O’Ree will be a guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.
On January 18, 1958, playing for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, O’Ree became the first black person to play in the NHL. O’Ree played 45 games with the Bruins from 1958-61. His professional career spanned 21 seasons, mostly in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Los Angeles Blades and the San Diego Gulls. For the past 10 years, O’Ree has served as the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for NHL Diversity and has introduced the game to thousands of future players of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.
NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
*At showtime, listen live at this link
VERSUS will present to you on Sunday afternoon at 4PM, conveniently right after the Bruins-Rangers game on NBC, a critically acclaimed hockey documentary called “In the Crease”. The independently produced hockey movie became the #1 sports DVD in both the US & Canada.
The story follows a California teenage hockey team on their quest to win at the national championships. Featuring NHL Players such as Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez, “In the Crease” attempts to tell what co-director/producer Matt Gannon calls “the universal hockey story”.
Earlier today, Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins participated in a teleconference for the NHL. Since the start of the ‘05, ‘06 season Marc has recorded 179 assists placing him in third in the NHL over that timeframe behind San Jose Joe Thornton with 228 and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby with 190.
Here is the transcript of today’s Q&A session.
Q. Two questions actually. The first one is about the game on NBC Sunday. Just curious. Do you guys—I think it’s hard to say that you could get up more for one game than the other, but do you notice that the game’s on national TV and does it strike your awareness before the game, you know, the hype surrounding a national televised game or anything like that?
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.
from Empty Netters,
During the intermission, Alexander Ovechkin’s contract is discussed and we wonder who has a worse haircut; Ovechkin or Brian Engblom?
make sure to read their minute by minute breakdown of the Pens game last night!
ESPN style, the plays of the week.
ESPN is also conducting a Sports Franchise Ratin Survey if you are interested…
I thought I would do something different today with my blog at NHL.com today. I linked to hockey stuff across the web. Geez, maybe I should do more of that!
from John Buccigross at ESPN,
Shannon is the NHL’s television repair man. His official title is senior vice president of broadcasting. His job, among other things, is to deal with all of the NHL’s broadcast partners and maximize how the product is presented by local and national outlets.
Q: How happy are you in the way NHL games are being broadcasted by the 30 local networks?
A: I think we are better than we were two years ago. I think camera position and awareness of camera positions is an important thing. I think we are making inroads there and helping them with their commentators to make them more complete broadcasters.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Last Saturday, with the Leafs on the West Coast playing the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. EST, Hockey Night aired the Detroit Red Wings-Senators game, the battle of the NHL’s top two teams, nationwide at 7 p.m. The telecast did pretty well, 909,000 viewers, not far off the 1.181 million average for the Leafs’ telecasts.
The Wings-Senators were up against two NFL playoff games on CTV, which were watched by 1.05 million (Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers) and 924,000 (Jacksonville Jaguars-New England Patriots).
Without the competition from football, Wings-Senators would have pulled in an audience probably larger than the Leafs’ average on Hockey Night.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have been among the most innovative teams in the NHL with their broadcasts, being among the first to allow a camera to be placed in the locker room to tape strategy sessions and even permitting microphones to be worn by players.
And they’ve tinkered for several years with having radio analyst Kelly Chase work from the Blues’ bench area, where he is able to give a firsthand account of what’s going on….
Chase thus can obtain interviews quickly and provide insight he gains from being near the action, and it’s not just a gimmick — he has mined some quality nuggets.
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