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from Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union,
On the 30th day, the NHL rested, and so did Liam McHugh.
For the first time since the Stanley Cup playoffs began April 16, no games were played Thursday, giving McHugh, studio host for NBC Sports Group coverage, a day off....
Q: How many straight days has it been in the studio for you? Do you even count?
A: I think it's best not to count. I have a day off today, which is a rare thing, so I'm enjoying it thoroughly, doing as little as possible.
Q: You're in the studio with ex-players (Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones) who spent a lot of their playing days in the penalty box. At times, do you feel like you should wear a striped shirt and referee them?
A: My position is strategically located in that I'm never in the middle of them, just for my own personal safety. I love working with those guys. They keep me on my toes. The big thing is, they're not afraid to ever speak their minds or take the show in a different place than it was originally intended to go. It becomes a little more of a free-flowing type show. That's good for the viewer.
The beautiful thing, they get into arguments -— Jonesy and Mike, or Mike and Roenick, which happens a little more often — and everyone's friends off the set. It's one of those things that happens in the heat of the moment, it's very real, and then we all decide to move on, which is not unlike hockey, where you see guys drop the gloves, throw down and then pat each other on the butt as they're heading to the penalty box.
Scott Oake of HNIC with the feature...
from Ivan Lajara of The Daily Freeman,
Shirley Fischler, a longtime Freeman columnist, author, broadcaster and journalist who once forced Madison Square Garden to get women admitted into the press box, died on Monday, May 12, 2014, at her home in Manhattan after a battle with cancer.
“She was a renaissance woman,” said her husband, Stan Fischler, also a Freeman columnist and a hockey expert for Madison Square Garden Network who is a prolific author of hockey books.
“She was a revolutionary woman,” he said, who not only fought Madison Square Garden for access to allow women access the press box in 1971, but also was the first female hockey analyst on television for the New England Whalers during the 1973 and 1974 season, a job she did with her husband.
“She was a pioneer.”
Before last night's game, Dick Irvin gave us a history lesson on the rivalry between Montreal and Boston.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked about Matt Fraser, Corey Crawford's game yesterday, Matt Cooke, Nino Niederreiter, Ben Lovejoy, targeting the other team's best player and a few other topics.
Good feature on a down to earth Canadian boy...
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
Eddie Olczyk has worn several hats during his hockey career, from player to coach to well-known color analyst, both with NBC and CSN.
Could a job at the league office be the next possibility?
A league source said Olczyk is one of several being considered to be the head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
As to why I'm walking away, I'm simply out of gas, having written online about hockey since the mid-90's. It's been a feeling of obligation rather than desire which has compelled me to post articles here lately, and when this becomes more like a chore than a hobby that's not good for anybody.
-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck, where you can read more from Dirk.
You've done well Dirk, best wishes moving forward.
Montreal Canadiens forward and Boston Bruins forward both played for the Vancouver Giants but at different times.
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