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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When Rogers Communications Inc. wrested the Canadian national broadcast rights away from the CBC and TSN before this season, MacLean was replaced as the main Hockey Night In Canada host by George Stroumboulopoulos. MacLean retained his role with Cherry, but his host duties were confined to Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcasts on Sunday nights on the Sportsnet and City networks. Hometown Hockey wrapped for the season last Sunday.
Rogers broadcast staff has not been told formally what the plans are for the playoffs, but MacLean said he does not expect to be doing anything other than Coach’s Corner despite the fact Rogers will be showing all eight first-round series on CBC and on its own various networks. And that’s fine with MacLean.
“Oh, I’m happy,” he said Monday. “I think it will be good for Grapes [Cherry] to do Coach’s Corner every night.”
However, Canadian viewers may not be happy seeing MacLean in a reduced role as a host. Last November, an Angus Reid poll found that 74 per cent of 1,504 respondents felt MacLean’s lesser role on HNIC hurt the show’s brand.
from Hometown Hockey where you can watch more highlights from the first year...
Topics discussed tonight include...
The play of Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators.
Next up was the Dustin Byfuglien suspension.
Then the play of Scott Gomez and his fine for elbowing.
Up next was Corey Perry and how he cares for his stick.
A few other topics were also talked about.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 1, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming. It all begins two weeks from today on Wednesday, April 15.
Coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel. This marks the first time USA Network will present NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 1985. CNBC has provided Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 2012.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include....
Don Cherry was not happy with the refs in the first period of Toronto/Ottawa.
Next up was Cherry pointing out to young players to make sure you keep your stick on the ice, using the LA Kings as an example.
Cherry tells us why Scott Hartnell wears #43.
Up next was the play of "Jimmy Slater" of the Winnipeg Jets then Steve Ott was pointed out as being a momentum changer.
Then Don Cherry talked about the Leafs bringing in a college guy instead a top player from the Marlies.
Cherry closed with some OHL Cup talk.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
If Phil Kessel’s dogging it, which does happen from time to time, O’Neill will go after him. It’s refreshing.
“He never works hard enough,” said O’Neill, when the topic of Kessel is brought up. “It’s my job to watch and talk about it and if the effort’s horrible, then the effort’s horrible. I don’t make it up. I don’t know Phil Kessel. Apparently he likes fishing and he likes playing cards. And I love that s--t. So I’d probably like playing that with him. But when I watch him on the ice, he does a lot of things that I don’t like.”
In particular, Kessel’s lack of effort when he’s not scoring or when the club is in a slump, as it is right now (a profound understatement).
But the irony is — and NHL fans and O’Neill followers will jump all over this — that O’Neill himself was sometimes knocked as a player for his occasional Kessel-like qualities — a gifted goal scorer who wasn’t (or so it would seem) always in the very best of shape.
But the Etobicoke resident admits as much and tells a story about how he spent a summer training with Roberts, a fitness guru and good friend. They were doing sled sprints (with weights) on a baseball field in Muskoka. After some very tough sledding, O’Neill started puking.
“(Roberts) just looked at me and said, ‘What did you do last night?’ And I said, ‘None of your business.’ And he goes, ‘Whatever you did, you can’t do it again if you want to do the sleds, because you can’t f---ing do it.
from Pete Weber at the Predators' website,
It’s a typical question when I meet with students: “What is your day like on a game day?” The next is: “How much time do you spend preparing for each game?”
The answer to the second question is very complicated for me, because just before a road trip, I may be preparing for several games at once, so it’s difficult to allocate time across the individual games. So let’s skip the second and concentrate on the first here.
(I will use a home game as my example here. Understand that on the road, there are busses to catch, bags to pack, etc. There are a number of variables always at play, so there is no real “typical” game day.)
On the day of a game, the first thing we have is a production meeting for the telecasts. This year they have been held at 9:45 a.m., before the team’s morning skate at Bridgestone Arena. In that meeting are producer David White, analyst Stu Grimson and reporter Lyndsay Rowley. At that point in time, we concentrate on our broadcast open, usually spending as much as 30 minutes to plan the opening four and a half minutes you see before the commercial prior to puck drop.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were...
Don Cherry praised the play of Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets. Next topic was Joe Thornton and his 900th assist.
Then Don Cherry pointed out a bad defensive play by the Toronto Maple Leafs game tonight.
Next topic was the play of Andrew Hammond.
Up next was "all for one and one for all", big hits and teammates respond.
Cherry then pointed out the play of Dan Hamuis.
Then a few more topics, including Connor McDavid, a good Canadian boy.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were...
Ron MacLean caught chuckling at Cherry's green hat.
Don Cherry tells us how to drop the ceremonial puck.
Talked a bit about Brad Richards.
Then Nazem Kadri talk was next. Cherry says Kadri won't be in Toronto in two years, he has been humiliated. You can't do what the Leafs did to their best forward.
Cherry talked about the fighting code in a recent Winnipeg game.
Don Cherry then reviewed the Derek MacKenzie goal from a few days ago.
Next up was Cherry saying Aaron Ekblad will be the rookie of the year.
Last topic was the linesmen dropping the puck in the faceoff circle.
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