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Here’s a news flash for the CBC: Cherry’s sorry act no longer plays with Canadians. It’s become sickening and when the ugliness is turned on a Stu Grimson or a Chris Nilan, it’s too much.
This feels like the beginning of the end. The monster is feeding on its young. Surely, this time, enough is enough.
-Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on this topic that seems to have gripped the media, including print, web and TV/radio based outlets.
Ron MacLean gives Don Cherry the opportunity to discuss his recent comments about fighting in the game plus other topics are hit upon too.
Cherry then singled out three former players who made careers out of fighting on the ice for being among those trying to link the deaths with on-ice thuggery.
“The ones that I am really disgusted with ... are the bunch of pukes that fought before: Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson. (They say) ‘Oh, the reason that they’re drinking, (taking) drugs and alcoholics is because they’re fighting.’ You turncoats. You hypocrites,” Cherry said.
“If there’s one thing I’m not it’s a hypocrite. You guys were fighters, and now you don’t want guys to make the same living you did.”
Grimson, Nilan and Thomson all appeared on TSN’s “Off the Record” on Friday, and all three took exception with the allegations made by Cherry.
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
Fittingly, with baseball’s post-season underway, Don Cherry came out swinging in his first Coach’s Corner segment on Saturday night.
His target was Brendan Shanahan, the National Hockey League’s vice-president of safety and the slew of suspensions handed out during the pre-season.
Cherry’s frustration re-surfaced in the first period of
(Thursday’s) game between Montreal and Toronto when Jay Rosehill avoided a hit against a Canadiens player near the side boards. He also pointed to Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban letting up on a potential big hit against Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel.
“Rosehill has to make the club hitting. He misses him on purpose,” said Cherry. “This is what you’re going to see time after time after time and I don’t blame the players one bit.”
continued and you can watch Coach’s Corner there too.
added 11:02pm, Not the best of quality, but you can watch Coach’s Corner below.
via andrewxedge tweet,
@FriedgeHNIC I’m not a huge fan of your television work, but I really respect the fact you didn’t leave HNIC like so many others.
via Elliotte Friedman tweet,
@andrewxedge thanks, I think
Hockey Night in Canada’s 59th season on CBC begins this weekend, and it was announced on Thursday that five new members are joining the team to help bring the game to the fans from every angle.
Gord Stellick, with nearly three decades of experience in the hockey world, is the new host of Hockey Night in Canada Radio on Sirius. The show returns with a special broadcast Monday from St. John’s, the site of Kraft Hockeyville 2011.
Andi Petrillo will join returning HNIC personality P.J. Stock as co-host of Game Day, the interactive Saturday afternoon show at 5 p.m. ET that will set up the night’s slate. Game Day debuts on Oct. 8.
With the addition of a seventh Canadian franchise in Winnipeg, there will be 104 regular season clashes presented on HNIC.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,
While CBC’s current contract with the NHL lasts until the end of the 2013-14 season, it is expected CTV could make a serious push for the exclusive broadcast rights of Canadian-based NHL teams, which would then be televised on TSN.
In 2007, CBC successfully outbid CTV for full broadcast rights of all Canadian NHL teams , but the market has changed since then, and CBC could find it very difficult in three years time to top CTV.
The aging of Hockey Night’s top on-screen personalities could also become a potential problem.
While McLean and Cherry remain Hockey Night’s most recognizable faces, they’re also getting older, especially Cherry, who will be 80 when the show’s current contract expires in 2014.
While two of the most recognizable faces in the NHL won’t be in attendance, many more will indeed be at the show at the Palms Casino and Resort today, flashing their best threads on the Red Carpet. So we’ll finally know who has the cleanest post-playoff shave, the hottest girlfriend, the whitest teeth (or, rather, any teeth)... etc. Important stuff.
The Red Carpet Show runs from 5-7pm ET on NHL Network. The NHL Awards broadcast itself starts at 7pm ET on Versus and some CBC stations. (For Canadians out west, the awards broadcast is time-delayed, but you can watch them live on CBC.ca).
added 9:49pm, All those who received votes for the trophies are listed below…
Playoff Series Rounds, Stanley Cup Final Series and Vancouver-Boston Game 7 All set new network highs. On television and on-line, Canadians watched hockey in record numbers this playoff season on CBC.
On air, ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2011 NHL playoffs has shattered all previous records for post-season audiences. From the four playoff series, to the Stanley Cup Final, to the Vancouver/Boston Game 7 showdown, this year’s playoff run truly was one for the record books.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA - Stanley Cup Final – Vancouver/Boston*
• Average audience of 6.15 million viewers, up 98% compared to the 2009/10 Stanley Cup Final.
• Marks the highest Stanley Cup Final average since TV metered measurement (originally set by 2004 average of 3.73 million, a difference of 65%).
via CBC press release,
It was only fitting that a playoff run that delivered record ratings in each round ended with a Game 7 that broke all viewing records for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. A stunning average audience of 8.76 million Canadians tuned in, making it the most-watched NHL broadcast in CBC history*, and second-most watched sports broadcast ever, just behind the 2002 Olympic Men’s Hockey Final between Canada and the USA at 8.96 million.
The game, which saw Boston defeat Vancouver 4-0 to win their first Stanley Cup title since 1972, peaked at 11.2 million viewers at 9:40 p.m. ET with five minutes left in the 2nd period. The game reached a total of 18.45 million Canadians (more than half of the Canadian population), by far the most ever for the Final on CBC.
The game also delivered spectacular ratings in the key 25-54 demo, with an average audience of just over 4 million viewers.
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