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from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,
While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.
“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”
Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.
from a CBC press release-
CBC and the American Hockey League (AHL) today announced a one-year broadcast agreement that will see CBC broadcast 10 games throughout the upcoming 2010-11 season.
“We’re looking forward to featuring the stars of hockey’s future with the AHL on CBC,” said Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales & Marketing.
“We’re tremendously excited that CBC, with its distinguished excellence in hockey broadcasting, will be helping us celebrate our historic 75th anniversary this season,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. “Viewers across Canada will be treated to the skill and excitement of the best young professionals in our sport.”
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
One shoe dropped at Hockey Night In Canada on Friday. Expect the other to drop before the first pucks fly in the fall.
Sherali Najak is out as executive producer, which is interesting in itself because he had only three seasons in that job. But what’s really telling is who replaces him: Trevor Pilling.
Now, Pilling has a pretty impressive resume: CFL, Olympics, World Cup and more. But very little hockey. He has produced NHL games for CBC, but isn’t a member of the HNIC mafia. And that seems to be the point.
He has been brought in to give the place a new look.
Hockey Night In Canada’s Playoff Montage.
via a press release from CBC,
Hockey fans, welcome to the Canadian frontier! CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will be heading to Whitehorse, Yukon for its 11th annual broadcast on Saturday, February 12. Host Ron MacLean will broadcast live from the territory capital for the first time, alongside the legendary Don Cherry.
The 13.5 hour wall-to-wall hockey celebration is an annual tradition featuring all six Canadian NHL teams in action across the country (match ups and times to be announced at a later date). CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will also be available live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.
“Whitehorse will provide a stunning backdrop for our 11th edition of CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA,” said Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports. “Hockey is a Canadian passion. Whitehorse and other communities across Canada’s north have fascinating hockey stories to tell, and we’re excited to be able to share those with Canadians across the country.”
“The Whitehorse community is excited about hosting this national event,” said Mayor Bev Buckway. “Offers of help have been streaming in, and the enthusiasm of our residents for CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada is evident.”
Whitehorse, YT, situated along the west bank of the Yukon River, boasts some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Canada. Surrounded by seemingly endless mountains and lakes, Whitehorse was first established as a trans-shipment point and centre for the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Today, Whitehorse is a cultural hub, embracing the city’s rich frontier town roots as well as its aboriginal heritage.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The two loudest and most stubborn men in hockey are claiming that all is well in their apparent war of words, while evidence to the contrary may indicate the opposite.
One day after Brian Burke said he was “sour, I can tell you that” about comments made about his Toronto Maple Leafs on Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Burke said he spoke to Cherry Thursday afternoon by telephone and indicated that “it’s no big deal, I promise.”
After Wednesday’s general managers meetings in downtown Philadelphia, Burke, the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, appeared put out about what Cherry has been saying about the Leafs and Burke on Hockey Night and indicated he would have something to say after the Stanley Cup final was over.
Never one to hold back, Burke said: “We have been getting a lot of shots on Hockey Night In Canada and I don’t think the Stanley Cup finals is the appropriate place to start throwing hand grenades back.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Thinking of giving the NHL, say, $100-million a year? Wednesday night gave you a sample of the perks you’ll receive for your investment.
The commissioner of the NHL will belittle, berate and otherwise blow off your employees on live TV. The man who happily cashes your huge cheque will demean your brand in front of millions. Act brusque. Surly. Argumentative. All this after you’d cravenly crooned Happy Birthday to him on Hockey Night in Canada.
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if you missed the Bettman interview, you can watch it here.
from a Jeff Marek tweet,
True Story: Ron MacLean jumped into the Delaware River to save a man who was taking his own life this afternoon.
added 5:50pm, from Fan590,
MacLean says he was having lunch on a patio by the Delaware River with Don Cherry when a panicky woman came up saying there was someone in the water.
MacLean and a few others sprung into action — he grabbed a velvet rope, jumped a wrought-iron railing and ran down to the water.
When he arrived he saw another man had already jumped into the river and pulled the man to a raft.
added 7:06pm, from Kristina Rutherford of CBC,
And what was Cherry doing at the time?
“Supervising,” MacLean said. “He was just overseeing to make sure everything was OK. We knew this guy wasn’t going to drown at this point.
“I kind of hop over the rail and jump down to help this guy that’s already in the water with the man who is taking his life, as it turns out.”
Ron was on Fan590 this morning and said he felt sorry for Bettman. The man is under a lot of pressure especially with the Phoenix situation, since he told the owners they would not lose money on this deal.
In case you missed Coach’s Corner last night.
Also, Ron MacLean picked his highlight of the night…
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