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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The subject of Cherry had also been raised at a board of governors’ meeting at the NHL all-star game when several teams complained about Cherry; about the Toronto-centric nature of Hockey Night in Canada’s coverage; and the journalistic standards adhered to by Cherry and his sidekick Ron MacLean.
The Vancouver Canucks, just so you know, have huge issues with Hockey Night. The difference is the Canucks are not owned by Rogers and Bell, the Leafs’ owners who also own, respectively, Sportsnet and TSN.
I mean, this is more complicated than Mother’s Day at Shawn Kemp’s house. It’s also disturbing and more than a little outrageous, but it also seems the viewing audience has lost its capacity to be outraged by the incestuous relationship between the media in Canada and the teams they cover.
Why is this? Wish I had an answer. The lines have always been blurry between the press and the Canadian NHL teams, and agenda reporting isn’t exactly a new concept. We all talk to people in the game. We protect their anonymity in exchange for information. Consciously or unconsciously, we slant the coverage in their favour. The good ones are subtle about it. Others, not so much. But there was never the sense that the coverage was an extension of the team.
No mention of Brian Burke although Ron MacLean looked a bit disturbed about his name being brought into the conversation.
Scroll to the 3:30 mark for the Crosby talk.
added 3/11/12 10:53am, for those you without a North American IP, I’ve added another version of Coach’s Corner below.
The Hotstove on HNIC discussed the CBA and some suggested rule changes to stop the trapping.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Soon, as negotiations to renew Hockey Night In Canada’s contract with the National Hockey League commence, a determination on the future of Cherry and the ever-popular Coach’s Corner segment will have to be made.
It may, in fact, be forced.
When Burke went behind Cherry’s back and made it clear to his NHL brethren that he no longer wanted Cherry on the large Hockey Night stage he found he had surprising support for the concept. He wasn’t alone in wanting the outspoken Cherry silenced. There is a sense within the NHL that Hockey Night, and in particular host Ron MacLean and Cherry, are too combative, too critical, too agenda driven for the NHL’s liking.
If this is the league’s signature program, they, like some of their friends at CBC, would prefer it to be more vanilla. Less spice.
So here’s the CBC dilemma: Cherry remains its ratings grabber. Large as the game may be, he still commands attention far beyond the game itself and long after Saturday night is over. It’s six days after game night and his anti-Burke rant is still a trending topic of conversation.
via a CBC release,
Saturday night’s broadcast of the Original Six match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew the largest audience of the season with an average of 2.51 million viewers. The March 3 audience represents the largest number of viewers for a regular season game on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA since November 20, 2010 when another Leafs/Canadiens matchup reached 2.54 million.
Ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show the game reached nearly 7.4 million viewers, or one in five Canadians. Audience numbers peaked at 9:34 pm ET with an audience of 3.37 million.
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
Despite hating each other, Cherry and Burke have had this much in common — there is only one gear in their engine, the one that goes forward.
For the first time, Burke has started backing up.
It’s unclear how two men of such similar outlook on the game came to dislike each other so much. Burke is the sort who needs to dominate every conversation he’s in. He needs his intelligence acknowledged.
Cherry is the sort who just talks until everyone else gives up. He doesn’t care if you’re agreeing, as long as you’re listening. Maybe that’s it.
Cherry picks his fights lightly, and has traditionally let go of them easily. Everyone is just a little bit below his notice, so he can’t be bothered to accrue a long enemies’ list.
Burke has somehow managed to work his way onto that short document.
Probably the highlight show of the season, Don Cherry has a few things to say about Brian Burke.
If you haven’t done so, I would suggest you watch the MacLean/Burke interview in the post below, then watch Coach’s Corner below in this post.
Ron MacLean of HNIC did a 7 minute interview with Brian Burke before tonight’s Leafs/Canadiens game.
Something I wasn’t aware of is the Leafs’ roster does not have one player on it from Ontario.
Watch below how Burke responds to that question and many others.
Don Cherry sits with Jared Keeso, the actor who plays him, and talks about the sequel to ‘The Don Cherry Story’ .
The Hotstove experts talk Leafs, Dustin Brown (hat trick tonight), Rick Nash, Jason Garrison and P.A. Parenteau.
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