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TORONTO (June 5, 2014) - Eric Duhatschek, Vice-President, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that KEVIN ALLEN will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and PAT FOLEY will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
Kevin Allen has been USA Today's hockey expert since 1986, and is the only writer to make Hockey News’ Top 100 list of most influential people in the sport each year of the list existence. In 2013, Kevin received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, only the fifth media member so honoured since the award debuted in 1966. He has also written 17 hockey books.
The emotions of the NHL fans during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:
- the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
- the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
- the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.
From the OT goal by the LA Kings, to the awarding of the Clarence Campbell Trophy, HNIC was there.
Oh, and Bob Cole too.
from Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing,
NBC holds a monopoly on hockey in the United States. They control both the sport’s broadcast and cable television partners. They also own a share in the NHL Network, the supposed 24-hour, all-hockey, all-the-time channel. Yet, why is it that no one owns hockey talk in this country during the day, or even during the afternoon?
Though we can all agree that NBC’s coverage is professionally done, regardless of how you feel about its personalities, there is just little done with them beyond the games and their pre- and post-shows, especially since the network dumped its late night highlights show after 2012-13. Why not have Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on throughout the day, or give second-string guys Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter some more reps with an afternoon talk show? The network has an appealing host in Liam McHugh, why not see if hockey fans will follow him to a show earlier in the day?
A simple solution: add a third hour of NHL Network’s two-hour daily talk show, NHL Live, from 4-5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It’ll fill some time previously used by hunting and fishing, can easily be pre-empted for mid-week soccer, and is already fairly cheaply done and has personnel in place. Plus, you get an hour every day to pitch NHL Network to potential subscribers who’ve maybe soured on the channel from some of the fans who have access to it giving negative reviews.
from Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News,
The only drawback to the play-by-play stylings of Mike (Doc) Emrick is he works with two analysts.
This is like spray painting over the Mona Lisa.
When you have a virtuoso performer (in the current world of sports broadcasting you can count them on one hand), he should fly solo, especially in a frenetic-paced sport such as hockey where radio-like play-by-play on TV is a necessity.
Emrick’s wingmen on NBC, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, apparently are aware of this. Neither is prone to jaw-jacking. They are valuable informants who figured out hockey is one televised sport in which the play-by-play man is as much a star as the analyst.
That’s why, once the Stanley Cup Final starts rolling Wednesday night, there won’t be the usual fan backlash in both cities about the “national” announcers favoring one team. Over many moons Emrick, 67, has provided an abundance of that he calls what he sees — without embellishing.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Rogers has a big hockey job ahead of it, led by Messrs. Pelley, Scott Moore and Gord Cutler, but these are people who have taken on big jobs like this before and succeeded. They have vast experience in hockey and broadcasting all sports. Plans have been announced for a monster studio down in the CBC building on Front St., and decisions are being made with personnel that will be announced in the very near future.
Don Cherry and Ron Maclean are going to be back, it has already been announced. Other key people at both CBC and Rogers will be involved, and some other names from other news organizations will be part of the new organization. A few TSN behind-the-camera folks have switched sides.
So there will be lots of new stuff, and some familiar, experienced faces as well, with an emphasis on creating a new storytelling effort for hockey in Canada that goes beyond trade rumours and panel discussions.
We'll see how it goes. Those of us involved in the project know there will be early criticism next fall no matter what - heck, it's already started before a single light has been turned on - and that's part of how things work. Those with a stake in this will wax poetically about how good things used to be while pretending to be neutral.
Rogers will do some things very well right away, and some things will take time, just as TSN did some things very well, and wasn't as strong in other areas. Sports broadcasting can't be about perfection because perfection lies in the eye of the beholder.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
His voice sounds like childhood, like staying up past bedtime, like wearing out the front edge of the family couch.
And we’ll get to hear it one more time, at least.
Since the legendary Foster Hewitt passed away in 1985, hockey’s most recognizable play-by-play voice has belonged to Robert Cecil Cole, who broadcasted at least one game of the Stanley Cup Final from 1980 through 2008.
Cole will turn 81 next month. With age and accuracy heading in opposite directions, he has slipped to Hockey Night in Canada‘s second line, behind the razor-sharp Jim Hughson, 57. And now his future in the booth is in doubt.
Last night, George posted Cole's call of Chicago's game winning, OT goal and below, watch the same call with a camera focused on Bob Cole...
A amazing fact about Cole I read last night, he's called 144 OT games in his NHL career as a broadcaster.
via NBC Sports Group press release,
RANGERS-CANADIENS GAME 5 IS MOST-WATCHED NHL GAME EVER IN NEW YORK ON NBC/NBCSN
Although national figures are not yet complete for last night’s game, local figures for New York are available. With a 7.1 HH rating, New York delivered its best NHL rating ever on NBC or NBCSN, which was the No. 1 network in the market during game.
Additional viewership notes:
• Montreal/NY Rangers has averaged 1.577 million viewers across three NBCSN games, up +24% from Montreal/Philadelphia in 2010, the last time an Eastern Conference Final included one Canadian team (also three cable games).
• The combined NBC/NBCSN average (one broadcast, three cable) for this year’s ECF is 1.542 million viewers, up +3% among average viewers (1.496 million) in 2010, the last with a Canadian team. Last year’s ECF, which featured two U.S. teams, (Bos/Pit) averaged 2.939 million viewers.
• The Western Conference Final telecasts (LA/Chi) are averaging 2.031 million viewers, up 12% vs. last year (1.819 million, 2013, LA/Chi).
• Overall, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC are averaging 1.092 million viewers, up 15% vs. 2013 (947,000).
That's Chris Cuthbert of TSN signing off last night after the LA Kings win.
Yes, it was the last TSN national broadcast for a long time but one thing to mention here.
I am sure Sportsnet was interested in hiring some talent from TSN but as far as I can tell, most of the talent if not all are staying with TSN.
That should tell you a little bit about how the hockey talent feels about working for TSN and I wish them nothing but success moving forward.
Below is the highlight package from the Chicago/Los Angeles game but I started the video near the end where you can hear Chris Cuthbert signing off then James Duffie of TSN pointing out the future.
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