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from Ron MacLean of Hometown Hockey,
Here’s tonight’s word play from London.
As promised each week, I’ll incorporate lines from Canadian literature or a song into our broadcast, and then reveal them at show’s end.
I’m not a literary critic or expert, but like you—which I may presume if you’ve come this far—I read a fair bit. It’s to inform my viewpoint, to wrestle my bias and at best, to laugh. One of my favourite essayists, Joseph Epstein, wrote: “I have never met a good writer who wasn’t also a penetrating reader; and every good writer, with varying degrees of consciousness and subtlety, is also, in an indirect way, a plagiarist.”
My opening essay this evening is a rip off. Whew. I feel better already.
The sentence, “A journey through lakeland, rockland and hill country, a little adjacent to where the world is, a little north of where the cities are and some time we may go back there,” is from poet Al Purdy in The Country North of Belleville.
I watched the complete show and game last night and just like Hockey Day in Canada, the features and stories were just great. Ron MacLean only added to the story and I came away as one very impressed viewer.
I am looking forward to the rest of the season of Hometown Hockey.
A video postcard from London is below...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in a five minute segment mostly discussed the Leafs and the lack of Canadians on their roster.
via the YouTube page,
A new call in program which had its debut October 7th on CHCO-TV. This first episode was hosted by Al Strachan who answered viewer calls and tweets on the NHL hockey season. This segment addresses how media ownership of teams affects media coverage and reporting in the news.
Not the type of montage we are used to, but very well done.
The first 20 seconds or so of the video shows a few clips of the game...
from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
Q: You were a little uncomfortable with the title, as you explained in the preface. Why did you feel that way?
A: The only concern I had was that some people might think it’s a tell-all book where it’s going to be nothing but telling behind-the-scene stories about why they traded this guy, and why they didn’t do this or that. While there is an element of that to it, it’s more a story about people telling stories for the very first time, or me telling you about a guy you need to know. For example, Mark Lindsay, and not many people know who Jari Byrski is. You should know these people. I didn’t want people to think this is the second coming of “Ball Four.”
Q: If the book isn’t a tell-all, what exactly is it?
A: The book is a collection of stories about people involved in the game and stories that people haven’t heard before. The first chapter, for example, is about a near-death experience (involving NHL executive Colin Campbell) and that story has never been told before. I thought it was an opportunity to tell some of those stories.
The book comes out on Oct. 14th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com (KK affiliate link). It is available in hardcover and Kindle.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
It’s as delightful a slice of Canadiana as an afternoon on an outdoor pond with pals.
At the head of a lengthy line growing on the concourse at Sylvan Lake Multi-Plex stands Ron MacLean, signing autographs and doing what he does best — talking hockey.
On this day, he’s creating memories for kids and hockey fans in this Alberta town of 13,000 ahead of the recently played Kraft Hockeyville preseason contest featuring the Calgary Flames.
But over the next 25 weeks, a similar scene will play itself out in small-town rinks from coast-to-coast as part of his highly publicized reassignment.
Replaced on Hockey Night in Canada by George Stroumboulopoulus as part of Rogers hockey’s new world order, the 54-year-old MacLean is now the face of Hometown Hockey, airing on Citytv nationally every Sunday night.
5:00pm ET- NHL Hockey Central Preview
Host Jeff Marek previews that night's hockey action with the latest news and analysis from Sportsnet analysts and insiders.
6:00pm- NHL Special : The Game Starts Here
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6:30pm- Hockey Central Saturday
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10:00pm- NHL Tonight
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
From beginning to end, it was hailed as the start of the NHL’s new era; the dawning of something bold, something never seen before. Like a high-resolution TV monitor that stands 3.3 metres high and goes 11.5 metres in length.
Call it the Zdeno Chara of TV monitors.
And cameras? Rogers Sportsnet’s first offering of its all-in, all-the-time hockey coverage came with 14 cameras to show all the action in its 11,000-square foot studio. That’s right – its 11,000-square foot studio....
Overall, Sportsnet got to show off its bells and whistles then settle into what was a solid night of broadcasting. It wasn’t all on the mark, but it will get there one day.
As new eras go, the NHL and its Canadian TV partner are one with a shared belief: less is bad; more is good and never go small.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
NEW YORK (October 8, 2014) – With today’s start of the 2014-15 NHL season, NHL Network™-U.S., Where the NHL Gets Hockey™, announced today the launch of its programming lineup for the new season.
New to the Network for U.S. fans this season is the addition of a suite of NHL programs from Rogers Communications. NHL Network-U.S. will simulcast the popular midday hockey panel HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon featuring Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean. Each weekday from Noon-1 p.m. ET, the group discusses and dissects the latest news and information from around the League
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