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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.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss numerous topics, including Don blasting Andrew Ference for calling out his teammate, Daniel Paille.
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca:
While researching how different organizations approached scouting, several other teams ripped Buffalo’s approach. At the time, Golisano considered that self-serving, because those people stood to lose their jobs if “The Sabre Way” caught on. But, what interested me most was a common thread throughout many of those conversations. It went like this: “I’ll explain to you why video scouting is a bad idea. But, I’m not going to rip Darcy because he’s at the mercy of his owner.”
In the interview, Golisano didn’t exactly disprove that theory.
“These scouts are traveling all over the world. All these expenses, could they accomplish a lot more staying in one place with the use of video?” the owner said. “And they believe they can. If somebody interprets that as not being progressive and being regressive, that’s too bad. But we think we’re far more efficient and have a much better scouting organization than we did three years ago.”
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(Toronto) - Both Sunday night’s NHL All-Star Game and Saturday’s NHL Super Skills Competition were record-setting ratings smashes for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, according to BBM overnight data.
The 2011 All Star Game on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew an average audience of 2.389 million viewers, a huge 56 per cent increase over viewership of the last NHL All-Star Game played in 2009 in Montreal, when 1.527 million tuned in (there was no game last year due to the 2010 Winter Olympics).
A bunch of quick hit topics discussed, well worth a watch if you missed it tonight.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
With Nabokov joining Marek Svatos and Kyle Wellwood as players claimed away from teams who did the work to sign them, some clubs are wondering whether Section 13.23 of the CBA needs revisiting. Blues GM Doug Armstrong told ESPN.com on Saturday he’s going to table a discussion at the GMs meeting in March to ask that very question. The purpose of the rule is to prevent teams from adding “ringers” late in the season and gaining an unfair advantage.
more and note, some topics were discussed in the Hotstove video…
added 9:40pm, Elliotte Friedman did his Inside Hockey segment with Kovu tonight.
You can watch that below…
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