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Game One of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins was the highest-rated NHL game in the history of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA with average audience of 5.6 million and a peak of 7.8 million.
It is the single highest audience for an NHL playoff and regular season game on CBC, shattering the previous record of 4.96 million set in 1994 with the Game 7 Stanley Cup final match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers.
It was also the second most-watched sports program on CBC, behind only the 2002 Olympic Men’s Hockey Final between Canada and the USA in Salt Lake City which drew an audience of 8.96 million viewers.
from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,
By the time Cherry pays for his large Colombian Supremo, which he triple-cups instead of using a cardboard sleeve, he has signed two autographs, mugged for another camera and given his phone number to an ashen stranger who unburdens himself with a tale of woe about his son not getting drafted.
It’s like this all the time.
Love him or hate him — after all these years, there is still no middle ground — Cherry occupies a rarefied place in the pantheon of Canadian celebrity. The Stanley Cup Final begins this week and, once again, he will be cast into the national spotlight. He will hurl thunderbolts from the bully pulpit known as Coach’s Corner, polarizing an audience that’s expected to break records as the Vancouver Canucks vie to become the first Canadian team since 1993 to win hockey’s ultimate prize.
Cherry made his debut in 1980. Roughly 1,750 segments, 31 years and a million public storms later, the titular corner now extends across Canada. But one thing that has not changed is the coach’s mistrust of the industry he conquered and the fame he refuses to embrace.
“Television is a jungle,” says Cherry, now 77. “I thought hockey was a tough business. But this is a tough business. You know why? I’m going to say it for the first time: Everybody hopes you fail.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
“Take that, Ben Eager,” CBC play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson exclaimed as the San Jose forward’s penalties sabotaged the Sharks in Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference final against Vancouver.
Hughson was assuming the voice of Canucks retribution on the feisty Eager, a nice stylistic flourish. But it’s led some outside Vancouver’s orbit to question whether Hughson has been a little too in-sync with the feelings of the Canucks and their fans.
After all, goes the thinking, if Bob Cole and Don Cherry can be pilloried outside Toronto for a perceived bias toward the Maple Leafs (Cherry boasts of his blue-and-white fandom), should the same standard not be applied to the No. 1 play-by-play voice of Hockey Night in Canada?
from the CP at NHL.com,
There will be no 3D broadcasts of the Stanley Cup final this year and the CBC’s general manager of technology says he’s no longer as confident in broadcasting in three dimensions, due to the “exorbitant” cost and low viewership numbers.
Fred Mattocks still believes in 3D and was pleased how the CBC’s first two 3D hockey broadcasts turned out — although he admits they were somewhat buggy and very much live-to-air experiments.
But he says the massive costs to stage those productions and the poor ratings so far — “a small number,” is how he described the audience size — makes it untenable for the CBC to go gung ho with 3D.
“At the end of the day right now, I’m not as bullish on 3D as I was a year ago,” Mattocks says.
“We’re in a mode that I call disciplined experimentation, we can’t afford to be all over the place because we’ll go broke.”
from Bradley Bouzane of Postmedia News at dose.ca,
The televised forum given to Don Cherry to explore hockey issues — and often topics outside Canada’s favourite game — may be working to shape a “tougher” Canadian identity, but perhaps at the cost of multiculturalism, a new study suggests.
The study from two political science PhD candidates from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., looked at whether Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segments, which often focus on Canada’s military as much as hockey, could carve “an understanding of Canadian identity through the lens of hockey analysis.”
For the first time in its 12-year history, SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA on CBC will be heading across the Confederation Bridge to the province of Prince Edward Island this winter. Host Ron MacLean will broadcast live from PEI for the first time, alongside the legendary Don Cherry on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The province will host a series of local weeklong activities and events celebrating the game leading up to the big day.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this celebration to the province of Prince Edward Island,” said Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports. “Hockey is truly a Canadian passion, shared equally among players and fans from our biggest cities to the tiniest communities, so we think it’s especially appropriate to be taking Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada to the cradle of Confederation, where the entire province can share in the experience.”
via a release from CBC
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Does Don Cherry have the staying power to go all the way in the 2011 playoffs?
The grinding eight weeks of NHL postseason is not for the young. Games every second or third night. Travel. Pressure. In broadcasting, the light goes on every night for two games. Long nights, early mornings. Travel in the final rounds. While Cherry appears every second night (and usually leaves early) there were signs in the 2010 playoffs that the 77-year-old either ran out of gas or interest.
Where TSN has panels to distribute the load, Cherry’s a solo act with a high bar to hurdle each appearance. Goofy ties and Dos Equis parodies may work on a weekly basis, but they get a little stale on a nightly basis. Plus, the absence of Canadian teams means fewer fawning fans shots as Cherry gets his fix of adulation. Then there are those pesky late-night games from Vancouver.
(Toronto) - The road to the Stanley Cup begins and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is home to the best teams, brightest stars and most important series of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including exclusive coverage of the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens matchups and the Stanley Cup Final all in High-Definition.
“For hockey fans, NHL playoffs are the best time of the year and the only team who we know for sure will be in the Stanley Cup Final is the Hockey Night in Canada team,” said Trevor Pilling, Head of Sports Production and Executive Producer of Hockey Night in Canada. “We’re proud to continue the Hockey Night tradition of cutting edge, Canadian coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”
From A.J. Perez and CBS Sports’ Eye on Hockey:
He’s been seen here and there on NBC over the years and he goes on the Jim Rome Show—Smack-off is Friday by the way, clones—on occasion. His sporadic showing stateside could have a little something to do with what he told a Pittsburgh TV station years ago when they put up an image of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr on the screen.
“There’s Mario and his sister,” the NHL coach turned analyst blurted out.
Versus spokesman Meier Raivich said in an e-mail that there are no plans to use Cherry, either on Versus or corporate cousin, NBC .
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada tonight—Elliotte Friedman’s segment ‘Inside Hockey’ profiles Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, looking at his remarkable recovery and revived career after a diagnosis of avascular necrosis.
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