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added 2:30pm, more on the ratings below from a press release from NBC.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Don Cherry was yelling at the television camera, as he always does. But during the first intermission of his first Saturday night back at Hockey Night in Canada, the bombastic commentator was also gloating over something that happened before the first puck was dropped — the firing of Brian Burke as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs....
“Remember in Anaheim, he had all Canadian guys? He starts getting U.S. college guys, Finns and Swedes,” Cherry bellowed on Saturday night. “What is this? Truculent, pugnacious and stuff like that? You’re kidding.”
Toronto fired Burke on Jan. 9., replacing him with assistant Dave Nonis. Cherry went on what sounded like a loud victory lap during his Coach’s Corner segment, invoking everything from Burke’s long-time friendship with (fired) coach Ron Wilson to his decision last season to demote tough guy Colton Orr.
I will post a video of Coaches Corner when it becomes available.
added 9:54pm, Watch tonight's Coach's Corner below...
60 Years of Hockey Night in Canada, their opening montage tonight.
In the video, NBC claims the Penguins beat the Flyers in their playoff matchup last season... oops.
"Anybody who thinks they can pick the Stanley Cup winner before the season is out of their mind. If you're looking for a team that feels it still has something to prove, I'll still go with L.A.
"But I would also say the New York Rangers with [Rick] Nash looks like they're ready to make a move. But you can't tell. When you get an eighth-place club like L.A. annihilating everyone, how can you tell?"
-Don Cherry of HNIC in a Q & A with Tim Wharnsby of CBC.
NEW YORK – Jan. 15, 2013 – NBC Sports Group begins regular-season NHL coverage on Sat., Jan. 19 with the Stanley Cup Champion L.A. Kings banner raising at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. After the ceremony, NBC will air regional coverage of Chicago Blackhawks at Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers. On Sun., Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC returns with the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Flyers. NBC Sports Network begins its season Sunday night by televising the Phoenix Coyotes at the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.
The lead NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst), will call the majority of the games on NBC. This weekend, due to the unique coverage offered on NBC, Dave Strader (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Engblom (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will team up for the Blackhawks at Kings. Emrick and McGuire will team up to announce Pittsburgh at Philadelphia on Saturday and Philadelphia at Buffalo on Sunday on NBC.
NBC Sports Group today previewed the season on a conference call with Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
This won't make NHL fans feel any better about another lost autumn, but know this about two of the key television executives charged with bringing hockey back to you:
They feel your pain, not just as businessmen but as fellow true believers.
Dan Ronayne, MSG Network's executive vice president, grew up playing the sport in Michigan and on Monday called it "the greatest game ever invented."
Sam Flood, NBC Sports' executive producer, grew up playing inMassachusetts, where his father was a coach, and said, "We love the game, we love covering it and we are going to kick butt and push to get this thing back to where it needs to be."
The question is whether and /or when their audience will move past the labor disruption.
continued (normally a paid subscription, but this one appears not to be)
via Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
DirecTV will offer its Center Ice package for $14.99 a month, which represents a prorated 40 percent discount from last season (via SB Nation's Steve Lepore), and NHL.com customer service representatives are saying the GameCenter service will cost a flat $50 at the start of the season (via Pension Plan Puppets).
DirecTV's website said that the package will be available on Jan. 19, which is when the 2013 NHL schedule begins.
As for GameCenter, a $50 price point would work out to $12.50 a month. At the start of the 2011-12 season, they charged eight monthly payments of $19.95.
In the video via CBC, Ron MacLean talks about HNIC plans for the season, Brian Burke, the outlook of the Canadian teams in the NHL and then picks the Kings to repeat.
NEW YORK — Jan. 13, 2013 — NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.
Coverage begins the weekend of Jan. 19-20 with the NBC Sports Group presenting four games over two days, three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. Additional scheduling highlights include the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup championship banner raising, a Hockey Day in America tripleheader, and the start of rivalry nights on Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. According to the National Hockey League, which released the schedule today, all games will be intra-conference with an emphasis on divisional play.
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