Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
Q: You were a little uncomfortable with the title, as you explained in the preface. Why did you feel that way?
A: The only concern I had was that some people might think it’s a tell-all book where it’s going to be nothing but telling behind-the-scene stories about why they traded this guy, and why they didn’t do this or that. While there is an element of that to it, it’s more a story about people telling stories for the very first time, or me telling you about a guy you need to know. For example, Mark Lindsay, and not many people know who Jari Byrski is. You should know these people. I didn’t want people to think this is the second coming of “Ball Four.”
Q: If the book isn’t a tell-all, what exactly is it?
A: The book is a collection of stories about people involved in the game and stories that people haven’t heard before. The first chapter, for example, is about a near-death experience (involving NHL executive Colin Campbell) and that story has never been told before. I thought it was an opportunity to tell some of those stories.
The book comes out on Oct. 14th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com (KK affiliate link). It is available in hardcover and Kindle.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
It’s as delightful a slice of Canadiana as an afternoon on an outdoor pond with pals.
At the head of a lengthy line growing on the concourse at Sylvan Lake Multi-Plex stands Ron MacLean, signing autographs and doing what he does best — talking hockey.
On this day, he’s creating memories for kids and hockey fans in this Alberta town of 13,000 ahead of the recently played Kraft Hockeyville preseason contest featuring the Calgary Flames.
But over the next 25 weeks, a similar scene will play itself out in small-town rinks from coast-to-coast as part of his highly publicized reassignment.
Replaced on Hockey Night in Canada by George Stroumboulopoulus as part of Rogers hockey’s new world order, the 54-year-old MacLean is now the face of Hometown Hockey, airing on Citytv nationally every Sunday night.
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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
From beginning to end, it was hailed as the start of the NHL’s new era; the dawning of something bold, something never seen before. Like a high-resolution TV monitor that stands 3.3 metres high and goes 11.5 metres in length.
Call it the Zdeno Chara of TV monitors.
And cameras? Rogers Sportsnet’s first offering of its all-in, all-the-time hockey coverage came with 14 cameras to show all the action in its 11,000-square foot studio. That’s right – its 11,000-square foot studio....
Overall, Sportsnet got to show off its bells and whistles then settle into what was a solid night of broadcasting. It wasn’t all on the mark, but it will get there one day.
As new eras go, the NHL and its Canadian TV partner are one with a shared belief: less is bad; more is good and never go small.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
NEW YORK (October 8, 2014) – With today’s start of the 2014-15 NHL season, NHL Network™-U.S., Where the NHL Gets Hockey™, announced today the launch of its programming lineup for the new season.
New to the Network for U.S. fans this season is the addition of a suite of NHL programs from Rogers Communications. NHL Network-U.S. will simulcast the popular midday hockey panel HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon featuring Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean. Each weekday from Noon-1 p.m. ET, the group discusses and dissects the latest news and information from around the League
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 8, 2014 – Bob McKenzie, the longtime TSN Hockey Insider with more than 35 years of reporting experience, is joining NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage. The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. Flood also announced that TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger will join NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage as a contributor. Both McKenzie and Dreger will continue in their respective roles for TSN in Canada.
McKenzie, generally regarded as the industry’s top Hockey Insider, will appear regularly across NBC and NBCSN throughout the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. He will be an in-studio contributor to NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, beginning tonight, and will provide on-site commentary at NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Final, and NHL Draft. Dreger will serve in a similar role, but less frequently.
via Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated,
NBC Sports has bulked up its hockey coverage with a pair of solid hires from Canada. The network has added Bob McKenzie, the longtime TSN Hockey Insider, as a full-time contributor. McKenzie will appear regularly on NBC and NBCSN including as an in-studio contributor to NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts. He’ll also do on-site commentary at NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Final, and NHL draft. NBC has also added TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. McKenzie and Dreger will continue in their respective roles for TSN in Canada.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
On Wednesday, a new NHL season will begin and the largest and most powerful voices in hockey are mostly those of former backup goaltenders, third-liners, failed coaches and fired general managers.
Not a former star — player or championship coach — to be found among the largest or most prominent broadcasters in the game.
The voices of hockey in America — those who make a difference — are Mike Milbury, Barry Melrose and Pierre McGuire, none of whom reached star status as players, coaches or general managers.
In Canada, with the new landscape of hockey on Rogers Sportsnet, and TSN maintaining its historical place in the landmark, the hockey voices — not the reporters, necessarily — are the same as they have been in the past.
Aaron Ward and Glenn Healy, Jeff O’Neill and P.J. Stock. The Rogers docket will include Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Mike Johnson, Darren Pang.
Not a former star among them.
Which begs the question: Why is it baseball, basketball and football draw their largest stars to the broadcast booth, but hockey does not?
NEW YORK / TORONTO (October 6, 2014) – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL’s live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.
The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.
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About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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