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from Stephanie Coratti of The Ontarion,
For most Canadian hockey fans, it has become part of the sacred ritual. Alongside Ron MacLean, the explosion of many colours that is the beloved Don Cherry, and the simple yet necessary instinctual recitation of Foster Hewitt’s “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland,” Hockey Night in Canada’s video montages have cemented their place in hockey history. A feat that anyone who knows a hockey fan would not take lightly; the tradition, the rituals, the history – a gentlemen’s club that most can’t find the door to, let alone knock. And be let in.
Tim Thompson, the man who takes hockey’s most beautiful, most gut-wrenching, and downright ugliest, setting it to a flawless soundtrack sending shivers down your spine every time, has been let in, given a beer, and the legend’s chair. A chair rightfully earned though, as Thompson has paid his fair share of dues. As it does for most, the journey began with a dream to play in the National Hockey League. Thompson took his dream to major junior, manning the blue line for the then Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League.
Left undrafted, Thompson was left in search of a university to attend to get a degree and continue his playing career. Thanks to a run in with an old teammate, Todd Wetzel, who currently played for the University of Guelph and raved about it, Thompson became a Gryphon. “The more I read and heard about the school, the city and the team, the more I thought about how great it would be,” Thompson said of what he described as an easy decision. “And then I found out more about the city, the culture, how it had such a great music scene…”
A small foreshadow to what would later become a significant part of Thompson’s contribution to the world of hockey, off the ice.
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2014 – Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group to work on NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and to host additional studio programming, NBC Sports Group announced today. She will also be part of NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX in January-February 2015, and NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 and the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018.
“With extensive studio and reporting experience as well as in-depth knowledge of the NHL, Kathryn is the perfect fit for our growing stable of properties and programs,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.
from Dave Lozo at his Tumblr page,
Rule No. 3: Consider the importance of the game and how much you are tweeting about it
I’ve covered a few preseason hockey games. I’m usually there because I want to talk to a player afterward about something unrelated to the game, which is a preseason game, which is a fancy way of calling it a scrimmage, in that it is meaningless and really not worth watching.
Yet there are people who will hammer the in-game tweets down your throat for two-plus hours as if it is Game 82 and the winner goes to the playoffs and the loser goes home.
Maybe you’re saying, “Dave, there are people out there who follow me and want that information.” And I bet that’s true. But there are way more who don’t want it and the people who do want that information are probably watching the game anyway and don’t really need it.
If your backup argument is sometimes preseason games aren’t on television, well, that should tell you something about their importance.
more plus 4 more rules...
Sportsnet just posted a promo video titled "Greatness".
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
In a telephone interview Tuesday, the 71-year-old member of multiple Halls of Fame said he had a biopsy three weeks ago in Canada and was told two weeks ago that a golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant.
Jeanneret, who has been broadcasting Sabres games either on radio or television for 43 years, expects to have radiation treatment for six or seven weeks and possibly chemotherapy. His doctors in Hamilton, Ont., have told him that it is stage III cancer and that he has an 85 percent chance of recovery. He is meeting with them again Thursday.
“I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back,” said Jeanneret. “I have probably three months ahead of me that aren’t going to be fun. I know they aren’t going to be.”
added 7:37am, Statement from the Buffalo Sabres is below...
Sportsnet's HOCKEY CENTRAL Signing Season is on the air (scheduled to start at 11:00am ET), or at least live streaming.
Watch their coverage of UFA day below.
Also, don't forget to follow these hockey guys on Twitter if you don't already.
NEW YORK – NHL Network-U.S. will deliver seven hours of analysis of the opening of free agency on Tuesday, July 1 (12:00 p.m. ET), with streaming live coverage of Sportsnet's HOCKEY CENTRAL Signing Season, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. This marks the first time Sportsnet's coverage will be available to viewers in the U.S., following the landmark Canadian rights deal between the National Hockey League and Rogers.
I suggest you follow these members of the hockey media during the UFA period.
In no particular order...
You may or may not agree with all of the above but all are good sources for the UFA periodfrom a national prospective and beyond.
There are many more so feel free to add your own favorites in the comments and link to their Twitter feed if possible.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 23, 2014 – NBCSN will present live coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards and 2014 NHL Draft this week, as the NHL honors the top performers from the 2013-14 season in Las Vegas, and all 30 teams look towards the future in hopes of drafting the next NHL superstar.
2014 NHL AWARDS – TOMORROW AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Coverage of the 2014 NHL Awards begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. Awards that will be announced tomorrow include the winners of the Hart Trophy (most valuable player), Calder Trophy (top rookie), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), and Norris Trophy (top defenseman).
NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick and analyst Eddie Olczyk will announce the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 15. Emrick and Olczyk will be featured as the lead commentary team in NHL 15, slated to be released on Sept. 9 of this year.
Rogers, Canada’s new home for hockey, today unveiled its 2014-15 NHL national broadcast schedule, delivering double the number of games on free over-the-air TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games than ever before for Canadians.
Rogers’ marquee national broadcast schedule showcases an abundance of premium Canadian matchups and all of the marquee events of the season, including the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game and the favourite Canadian tradition: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
In addition to the more than 200 national games unveiled today, Rogers will announce its remaining national and regional broadcast schedules in the coming weeks. In total, Rogers will deliver 350 national regular season games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.
“The NHL delivered what we believe to be a best-in-class broadcast schedule,” said Scott Moore, President of NHL & Sportsnet, Rogers. “This schedule is a hockey fan’s dream – the biggest names, classic rivalries, more games on more nights, and more ways to watch. We are looking forward to providing Canadians with the best seat in the house every week of the NHL season.”
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