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TORONTO (February 13, 2017) Sportsnet is heading to the shores of the Lake of the Woods this Saturday to celebrate the 17th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration. Hosted live from Kenora, ON, the 13.5-hour marathon broadcast features four must-see matchups with all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action, beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT on Sportsnet, CBC, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.
Celebrating the spirit of tradition and history, Ron MacLean will be on the ground in Kenora to host the day’s festivities alongside several guests, including Don Cherry and NHL alumni Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald, Mark Napier, Mike Richards, Rick St. Croix, Bryan Trottier and Darcy Tucker. Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman, two-time Olympic gold medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Sportsnet Central’s Ken Reid will also make appearances throughout the day.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
Virtual reality is about to have a faceoff with hockey fans. Canadian viewers will get the chance to try 360 VR, the immersive video technology that allows viewers 360-degree viewing, over the next six Saturday broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada. There will be one 360 VR-compatible game each week, starting with the Calgary-Vancouver broadcast next Saturday.
The technology, available through the Sportsnet app, will require viewers to have a capable smart phone and a headset similar to Google Cardboard. You can also watch online and use your mouse to explore the views at Sportsnet.ca.
Molson Canadian, which is partnering with the sports network, will be packing 350,000 headsets into cases of beer. The sets will come with a PIN code to access additional content.
“We thought it was an interesting technology that we think has some legs, but is still in it infancy,” said Rob Corte, Sportsnet’s vice president of production. “We looked at this as an opportunity to present the game in a different way, to give a new experience to the viewers that we could expand relatively easily, so that a lot of people got a chance to experience it.”
via David Shoalts tweets,
Sportsnet VP Rob Corte says won't see as much of the high-tech doo-dads like using pucks to call up stats or guys with sticks on glass rink.
The emphasis will be on "our panel, our stars and stories of the game," Corte said. "More story-telling."
Top of mind for all Sportsnet hockey producers, VP Corte says, "Is how best to present the story." Expect more features on players.
Hockey news gets more attention. @FriedgeHNIC becomes regular on Wednesday panel and will do Headlines on Saturday with @RealKyper.
Also, expect to see more of @reporterchris @JSportsnet plus @FriedgeHNIC on broadcasts as well as Hockey Central.
Wednesday panelists will be @darenmillard @DougMaclean and @FriedgeHNIC.
Big winner with departure of @mike_p_johnson as analyst on No. 2 team is @LouDeBrusk. He steps up to be the analyst for 2nd Saturday game.
Back to Saturday nights. More emphasis on the west in 2nd game. @ScottOake becomes permanent host at 2nd game venue. @DavidAmber in studio.
@ScottOake will do some interviews for 1st Sat game but will focus on 2nd game. Also will host revived After Hours following 2nd game.
Also, expect to see more @SNChrisSimpson on the early Saturday games.
there could be more so check out the recent tweets from David Shoalts...
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
“Some people say you don’t watch shows for the host, well, if that was true, we wouldn’t pay them what we pay them,” says Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers.
“I think Ron will have a major impact on ratings. We already saw it in World Cup of Hockey, because people want to hear what Ron has to say. His ability to talk hockey is different than most hosts . . . he’s just got an ease of being able to talk hockey because of his encyclopedic knowledge.”
That said, people didn’t follow MacLean to Sundays the past two years, with ratings averaging less than a half million for that night, which is considered disappointing, although it might help now that he links both weekend broadcasts.
When asked what all this says about hockey fans, and whether they need their coverage to be like comfort food, MacLean doesn’t fight that I’ve just basically called him mashed potatoes.
“Well, I think we want everything to be like that. I think we want everything to be like Norman Rockwell in the end. We flip back and forth between hero worship and witch hunts in all that we do. If you catch us on a good day we’re generous and loving, and if you catch us on a bad day, we’re critical to the point of cynical,” he says. “Obviously, I am just the beneficiary of that epic lesson. It is one of those tested and true formulas that I happen to get caught up in, but it’s because I’ve been here for 28 years. It’s as simple as that.”
TORONTO (October 7, 2016) Saturday. It’s going to be a good day. Canada’s love affair with the game of hockey continues Saturday, Oct. 15 as Hockey Night in Canada hits the ice for its 64th season. Headlined by a combination of both new and familiar faces, captivating storytelling, analysis and interviews, and the biggest star of the night - the games themselves - hockey’s show of record is set to deliver all of the memorable moments and greatest stories from the 2016-17 NHL season.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, Brian Burke, explains what Hockey Night in Canada means to him.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
George Stroumboulopoulos won’t return as host of Hockey Night in Canada next season, sources tell the Star.
His replacement will be the man he replaced. Industry insiders say Ron MacLean is expected to return to the show’s No. 1 seat just two seasons after Stroumboulopoulos was hired with much fanfare in the wake of Rogers’ $5.2-billion acquisition of NHL broadcasting rights. Prior to that, MacLean occupied the job from 1986 until 2014. Since then, he has hosted Sunday night Hometown Hockey broadcasts and worked Saturdays alongside Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. It’s expected he will continue those roles in addition to resuming the main HNIC hosting gig — the highest-profile position in Canadian sports broadcasting.
The ouster of Stroumboulopoulos marks a strategic about-face for Rogers, which sublicenses Hockey Night in Canada to CBC. In 2014, executives remade the iconic Saturday night show while speaking of the need to bring it to a younger demographic.
“We want to get a new breed of Canadian fans that get passionate about the games,” Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, told reporters after Stroumboulopoulos’s hiring was announced in 2014. “I think George does that.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean breakdown the matchup between the Penguins and the Sharks, including game 2’s decisive and controversial faceoff.
Focus on the defensemen tonight, including Kris Letang in selfish mode, the Trevor Daley injury and Brent Burns.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
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