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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Growing up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta — 90 miles northwest of Calgary, population then 4,698 — one opportunity to watch the NHL presented itself to a young Brad Stuart every week.
Like many, if not most in Canada, Stuart rarely missed it.
“I definitely watched ‘Hockey Night in Canada,’ if not every Saturday, then almost every Saturday,” the Red Wings defenseman said. “Back then, there were not as many games on television as there are now. And living in a small town in Canada, I didn’t get to any games to see them live.
“It did make me think, ‘I like hockey! I want to play!’”
The longest-running live television sports broadcast in North America, “Hockey Night in Canada” makes just its second visit in three regular seasons to Joe Louis Arena today to televise the Toronto Maple Leafs and Red Wings.
More than a live sports show, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program nurtures love for the game and the legends and folklore of a nation.
Most of Coach’s Corner tonight with Don Cherry & Ron MacLean focused on the topics from the GM Meetings.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Here is the sticky part for the CBC, on that day when Mike Milbury inevitably replaces Don Cherry as the voice of bombast on Hockey Night in Canada:
Now that he’s come out on the Saturday night Hot Stove advocating an end to fighting - or at least an end to employment of the 6-foot-8, knuckle-dragging goons who sit on the end of the bench, unable to play actual hockey but waiting to be released from their cages so that they may get their skate-blades wet long enough to bloody someone’s face - what does Hockey Night use for his introductory video?
But before he does, he discusses numerous topics. The Gillies talk starts at about the 4:45pm mark then he goes on with additional hockey topics.
Don and Ron with numerous topics including the instigator rule, Jeff Skinner, Curtis Glencross and if interested in just Don’s comments on Mario, start at the 4:30 mark.
Don Cherry’s not going anywhere, at least not for another season of Hockey Night in Canada.
The outspoken commentator renewed his contract with HNIC through the 2011-2012 season, CBC announced on Saturday.
“Don has been a part of the CBC Hockey Night in Canada family since 1980, generating passion and debate among hockey fans everywhere,” said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of CBC English Services.
“Hockey Night in Canada, with Don at the desk for its 59th season, will continue to bring the very best of hockey programming on all of its platforms to Canadians everywhere.”
from a CBC release-
Hockey programming continues to be red hot for CBC Sports, with the SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA broadcasts notching record numbers just two weeks after the NHL All-Star Game and Super Skills Competition set all-time highs of their own.
According to BBM overnight data, audience numbers for the SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA broadcasts were as follows:
Celebrating the Game Part 1: 315,000
Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers: 845,000
Celebrating the Game Part 2 (after the game): 647,000
Scotiabank Hockey Tonight: 778,000
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens: 2.3 million
Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks: 1.4 million
“One day everyone quits but, right now, I don’t want to quit. I don’t even like the word ‘Quit.’ I don’t want to get sappy but as long as the fans still enjoy listening to me, I want to keep doing it. I love it.
“Just let me go and do what I do. Oh, there are times where even I am not satisfied with my performance but hopefully that can be improved. But the most important thing to me is to try to be good to the fans.
“Look, once in a while you are going to miss something. The puck is just three inches big and, in some of these buildings, you are going to be sitting 200 feet away. Things are going to happen.
“The bottom line is, my broadcasts come from the heart. Family is No. 1 in my life and hockey is right there too. I don’t want to give it up.”
-Bob Cole of HNIC. More on Cole from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Fans across Canada—especially those in the Whitehorse, Yukon area—have been celebrating for a few days already, but the best of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is yet to come.
CBC will start its full day of coverage at noon ET (simulcast on NHL Network-U.S.) with Hockey Day in Canada Live, hosted by Ron MacLean.
It’ll be an emotional day for MacLean, who learned to skate in Whitehorse while his father, Ron Sr., was stationed at Canadian Forces Station Whitehorse. MacLean has his father with him on this trip, and said it’s the first time in 43 years his father has been to Whitehorse.
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