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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.
Bruce Oake lost his battle with addiction at age 25. Bruce is the son of Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada.
I have had the opportunity to speak with Scott on occasion who comes across as a caring and down to earth man.
My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Bruce Oake.
Tonight on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman’s segment ‘Inside Hockey” profiled Pavel Datsyuk.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Growing up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta — 90 miles northwest of Calgary, population then 4,698 — one opportunity to watch the NHL presented itself to a young Brad Stuart every week.
Like many, if not most in Canada, Stuart rarely missed it.
“I definitely watched ‘Hockey Night in Canada,’ if not every Saturday, then almost every Saturday,” the Red Wings defenseman said. “Back then, there were not as many games on television as there are now. And living in a small town in Canada, I didn’t get to any games to see them live.
“It did make me think, ‘I like hockey! I want to play!’”
The longest-running live television sports broadcast in North America, “Hockey Night in Canada” makes just its second visit in three regular seasons to Joe Louis Arena today to televise the Toronto Maple Leafs and Red Wings.
More than a live sports show, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program nurtures love for the game and the legends and folklore of a nation.
Most of Coach’s Corner tonight with Don Cherry & Ron MacLean focused on the topics from the GM Meetings.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Here is the sticky part for the CBC, on that day when Mike Milbury inevitably replaces Don Cherry as the voice of bombast on Hockey Night in Canada:
Now that he’s come out on the Saturday night Hot Stove advocating an end to fighting - or at least an end to employment of the 6-foot-8, knuckle-dragging goons who sit on the end of the bench, unable to play actual hockey but waiting to be released from their cages so that they may get their skate-blades wet long enough to bloody someone’s face - what does Hockey Night use for his introductory video?
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