Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
For so many children of the Dominion, Hockey Night in Canada is “appointment viewing,” says Scott Oake. As the ice-level reporter for Sportsnet, the Rogers-owned channel that took over broadcasting rights from CBC two season sago, Oake is therefore “like the keeper off the towel, like the guy who carries the Stanley Cup around.” But what kid pays attention to a towel, especially when the person beneath it plays in the National Hockey League? Who cares about cloth while an idol talks on the screen?
Adults who still remember those days, apparently....
As far back as John Shannon remembers, there were always towels. The first incarnation appeared under former executive producer Ron Harrison and were sponsored by an old linen company called Wabasso, Shannon says. This made for a tricky situation. On the one hand, the towels were free. On the other hand, they featured a logo most associated with bedding. “It wasn’t really indicative of what a few of us thought Hockey Night in Canada stood for,” Shannon says.
The way Shannon, a former HNIC executive producer, tells its history, the towel first moved toward its iconic state after the 1994-95 lockout ended, as the broadcast searched for better branding. “We wanted Hockey Night in Canada all over the place,” Shannon says. And since each intermission interviewee received the same two things—bottled water to drink and a towel to wipe his face—Shannon smacked the HNIC logo right on the thing present in every shot. “While simultaneously ending the practice of paying players a modest sum for the interview segments ($75 or so, Shannon says), the broadcast offered a token for their troubles.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean go over all the hot topics around the NHL, including the great play of Sidney Crosby, if players are targeting goalies, and why NHL teams shouldn’t use their stars to kill penalties.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss all the news around the NHL, including John Scott getting traded and how some young players are pushing for Rookie of the Year.
52 years to the day (Jan 16th, 1964) he made his NHL debut at the Montreal Forum, Phil Esposito narrates the opening to this week’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed the following topics...
Cherry started with why Bernier started tonight.
Next up was the play of the Edmonton Oilers.
Next was a few video clips of the alley-oop passes and the stretch pass to Dylan Larkin from a few days ago.
Topic changed to the Capitals/Rangers game today then a goal Holtby gave up this week.
The Florida Panthers were discussed with Cherry pointing out a few plays from them.
The last topic was the hit from Roman Polak on Tyler Toffoli.
Watch below, via Sportsnet.
Let the music of The Rolling Stones get you ready for another exciting edition of Hockey Night in Canada.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed...
Don Cherry pointed out the goal tonight by Sidney Crosby.
Up next was the play of Brendan Gallagher then mentioned the LA Kings in comparing them to the Bruins Cherry used to coach and brought up the play of Tyler Toffoli.
The talk turned to the play of Daniel Winnik.
Cherry then sent praise out to Darnell Nurse for sticking up for his teammates.
Cherry then mentioned an old-time friend and talked about Canada's loss in the WJC today.
Whether we’re next door neighbours or live on opposite ends of the country, Saturdays for a hockey family doesn’t differ much for us Canadians.
Probably holds true for others around the world too.
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include...
Cherry discussed the fight between Jarred Tinordi and Tom Wilson in the first period tonight.
The discussion moved to hockey parents, then then to the USA/Canada WJC game today. "The game meant nothin."
Brad Marchand season was the next topic followed by an NHL linesman making the right call on no-icing but the Rangers were not happy.
Eric Lindros not in the HHOF was brought up, Don Cherry can't believe it.
The last topic was Chris Tanev with the highlight of the week.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org