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TORONTO, May 10, 2012 /CNW/ - As Hockey Night In Canada went to air for last night’s game between Washington and New York, in his opening remarks, Ron MacLean described the on-going battle between the two teams and made reference to the respective cities, both of which were 9/11 targets.
Ron and CBC would like to clarify what may have been misunderstood by his comments.
“Washington and New York. The two cities united by the tragedy of 9/11. I, like everyone on the planet in his or her lifetime, saw beyond the horror, the single greatest testament to the strength of the human spirit in the efforts of the first responders”, says Ron Maclean.
“We never know if we’ll have that spirit. The bravery, the resilience. As I made clear, the hockey games in no way compare. However Sports has proven a worthy training ground in nurturing the qualities which beget that spirit. To say he plays like a firefighter or a policeman would instantly conjure the traits an athlete most desires, especially in New York and Washington. There could be no higher praise of a player, no greater choice of a role model .
But as I said of first responders, ‘Our worst day is their everyday’. They stand alone.”
Below, you can watch and hear what MacLean said last night
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss the Washington goal in the first period, someone should hire Rick Tocchet, Dan Girardi, the Devils/Flyers and other topics…
Don and Ron talk Lundqvist, Quick, a Bobby Orr story, raise the glass height along the sideboards to avoid over the glass penalties and Dale Hunter.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the Kings’ winning ways and the issue of the “suspended two” in Nashville, plus more topics…
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
There is much about the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs that is unusual. Not the least of which is the prospect of Phoenix meeting New Jersey in the “Insolvent versus In Chapter 11” final series. But one tradition has endured into another playoff year: Bob Cole calling games for Hockey Night In Canada.
Not everyone is cheered by this, of course. While Cole still has the booming church-organ pipes, his recall of names and faces leaves a number of fans boiling. On the “either you love him or hate him” barometer Cole ranks right up there with Pierre McGuire and Greg Millen in terms of response. He’s the link to HNIC’s glorious past, but many of our correspondents feel he should already be a part of that past now.
continued plus more NHL topics related to broadcasting…
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s the most vivid and colourful aspect of Hockey Night in Canada.
No, we’re not talking about Don Cherry’s wardrobe.
The first thing viewers see when they tune in CBC hockey is a one- to two-minute montage combining game and archival footage with music. The pieces segue directly into the classic Hockey Night opener, featuring the swirling bagpipes, the voice of Foster Hewitt (“Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland”) and the stylized images of Stanley Cup heroics performed by Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, Johnny Bower, Mario Lemieux and the ne plus ultra, Bobby Orr.
The segments are designed to whet your appetite for what you’re about to see; and the tease works consistently – to the extent that some nights the intro is the best part of the game. It is certainly the hippest ... if that adjective can be applied to a venerable TV franchise haunted by the black-and-white ghosts of Ward Cornell and Murray Westgate.
Trevor Pilling knows how artful combinations of music and sound can enhance a sports telecast. The 43-year-old executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada got his start in 1986 as a camera operator in Brandon, Man. Peering through a viewfinder left Pilling with an enduring appreciation of television as a visual medium.
Below, watch an extended version of HNIC opening montage from 2009, Leafs/Canadiens….
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Known to millions as the host of Hockey Night in Canada, Scott Oake has been keeping something quiet for more than a year now: the loss of his eldest son Bruce to a fatal spiral of addiction.
Thirteen months ago, Bruce died in Calgary of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. After a brief leave to grieve, the CBC sportscaster returned to the broadcast booth to complete the 2011 playoffs and 2011-12 regular season. But the pain remains.
Scott Oake with his wife Anne and youngest son Darcy, an acclaimed illusionist, who is performing a charity magic show at Manitoba Theatre Centre June 14 and 15 in support of addiction.
“That’s the one thing we learned,” Scott says, recounting the tragedy from the living room of his Winnipeg home, accompanied by wife Anne and their youngest son Darcy. “That addiction knows no socioeconomic boundaries. We’re just an average family.”
Bruce Oake was one of more than 36,000 people who died of a drug overdose in North America in 2011.
All on the Hotstove during Hockey Night in Canada today.
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner today points out a few issues he has with both Ovechkin and Semin, talks Mike Smith and the Yotes/Preds game last night and Canadian players in the playoffs.
Those two topics are the highlights of Coach’s Corner tonight.
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