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Even after 35 years, this one stands out:
Phil Esposito. Shortly after he hoodwinked the NHL into granting him the Tampa Bay Lightning expansion franchise (which finally landed in saner, richer hands), Esposito and the Lightning came to Toronto for their first game against the Maple Leafs. My assignment was to get a question-and-answer out of him.
For some reason, perhaps connected to his turn as a star for Team Canada in the 1972 Soviet series a good 20 years earlier, Esposito hated the Toronto media. It was apparent the minute he walked in the door that night.
He reluctantly agreed to the interview. He started to answer the first question and then said, “The hell with this. I’m not answering any of your effing questions,” and walked off. This was between the first and second period. After the game, he was approached by Bob McKenzie, who worked for the Toronto Starat the time. There was an exchange of words and Esposito punched him. McKenzie called the cops and had Esposito charged with assault. The charges were dropped when Espo apologized.
Told by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail in an interview with On The Fourth Floor, where you can read more from Shoalts.
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2014 – Bolstered by the first Game 7 tripleheader in 11 years, 25 one-goal games, 14 overtime games, and a record 10 multi-goal comeback wins, the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs delivered significant viewership or consumption increases across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, a number of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product.
NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average 752,000 viewers for 46 first-round games, up 57% vs. last year’s first round (478,000 for 45 games). Home markets are blacked out on cable in the first round. Locally, a number of NBC Sports Regional Networks provided live first-round game coverage of their respective teams, with CSN Chicago and CSN Philadelphia posting record viewership. Digitally, viewers consumed nearly 58 million minutes of live streaming content on NBC Sports Live Extra, up 437% vs. last year’s first round (10.77 million).
Following are viewership and consumption highlights through the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (April 16-30):
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Peter Maher, who served as host of the radio broadcasts the first season the Flames were in Calgary and moved behind the microphone the next campaign, will announce his retirement Tuesday morning.
A news conference has been called for 10 a.m. at the Saddledome.
It’s indeed the end of an era. The hall of fame lauded broadcaster whose other trademark phrase, “You can put it in the win column” was the parting words after every victory, including the 1989 Stanley Cup title run and trips to the Final in both 1986 and 2004.
Through all those years, Maher’s talents while calling games – always ensuring he showed respect to goals scored by opposing teams – made him as much a part of the city’s fabric as the players themselves.
read on and watch one of Maher's signature calls below...
A few of the main topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean- The play of Bryan Bickell and some player/media exchanges.
Roberto Luongo as the TSN Intern and a cast of thousands also playing themselves.
The main topic tonight is the Matt Cooke suspension plus a few other topics...
Ron MacLean chats with President of hockey operations of the Columbus Blue Jackets and a former NHL goaltender John Davidson discussing the talent of this years' squad and reflect on his personal playoff memories.
Tim Thompson is at it again...
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