Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Stephanie Coratti of The Ontarion,
For most Canadian hockey fans, it has become part of the sacred ritual. Alongside Ron MacLean, the explosion of many colours that is the beloved Don Cherry, and the simple yet necessary instinctual recitation of Foster Hewitt’s “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland,” Hockey Night in Canada’s video montages have cemented their place in hockey history. A feat that anyone who knows a hockey fan would not take lightly; the tradition, the rituals, the history – a gentlemen’s club that most can’t find the door to, let alone knock. And be let in.
Tim Thompson, the man who takes hockey’s most beautiful, most gut-wrenching, and downright ugliest, setting it to a flawless soundtrack sending shivers down your spine every time, has been let in, given a beer, and the legend’s chair. A chair rightfully earned though, as Thompson has paid his fair share of dues. As it does for most, the journey began with a dream to play in the National Hockey League. Thompson took his dream to major junior, manning the blue line for the then Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League.
Left undrafted, Thompson was left in search of a university to attend to get a degree and continue his playing career. Thanks to a run in with an old teammate, Todd Wetzel, who currently played for the University of Guelph and raved about it, Thompson became a Gryphon. “The more I read and heard about the school, the city and the team, the more I thought about how great it would be,” Thompson said of what he described as an easy decision. “And then I found out more about the city, the culture, how it had such a great music scene…”
A small foreshadow to what would later become a significant part of Thompson’s contribution to the world of hockey, off the ice.
Hockey Night in Canada as we know it is over. There will always be hockey to watch, but the change of broadcaster and the creation of a multi-channel hockey universe means an end to the collective memory of the great game on Saturday nights.
-Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Hockey Night In Canada.
If you missed it last night.
We come from the land of the ice and snow...
Whether you like Don Cherry or not, you are entitled to your own opinion about the polarizing host of Coach’s Corner.
But what has always been a bit headscratching is the reaction of some Grapes Bashers to Cherry’s penchant of honouring police and soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
What’s the issue here?
You don’t like it? You have a clicker. Use it.
The topic came to mind on Saturday night when Cherry paid tribute to the three RCMP officers who were gunned down in cold blood in Moncton on Wednesday: Const. Dave Ross, 32; Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45; Const. Douglas James Larche, 40.
As much as we all love the sport, some things are more important than hockey. We once again we reminded of that courtesy of Coach’s Corner. At least that’s the opinion here, whether you agree or not.
-Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.
Watch Coach's Corner from last night below. The talk regarding the RCMP officers starts at the 4:00 minute mark.
Hope you like Allice In Chains...
Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada with two Inside Hockey features.
First up is a feature on Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzzin and below a feature on Ryan McDonagh...
The emotions of the NHL fans during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
From the OT goal by the LA Kings, to the awarding of the Clarence Campbell Trophy, HNIC was there.
Oh, and Bob Cole too.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
His voice sounds like childhood, like staying up past bedtime, like wearing out the front edge of the family couch.
And we’ll get to hear it one more time, at least.
Since the legendary Foster Hewitt passed away in 1985, hockey’s most recognizable play-by-play voice has belonged to Robert Cecil Cole, who broadcasted at least one game of the Stanley Cup Final from 1980 through 2008.
Cole will turn 81 next month. With age and accuracy heading in opposite directions, he has slipped to Hockey Night in Canada‘s second line, behind the razor-sharp Jim Hughson, 57. And now his future in the booth is in doubt.
Last night, George posted Cole's call of Chicago's game winning, OT goal and below, watch the same call with a camera focused on Bob Cole...
A amazing fact about Cole I read last night, he's called 144 OT games in his NHL career as a broadcaster.
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