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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
Stock – and his beard – add a little much-needed zest to the show, and that’s clearly why the CBC Sports executives hired him two years ago. But not everyone shares the Hockey Night in Canada bosses’ enthusiasm for Stock, who also hosts a daily sports talk show on Team 990 and contributes regularly to CBC-TV’s local supper-hour newscast.
You don’t have to look far – just nose around a few sports blogs – to find folks who don’t like Stock’s revved-up, sometimes not-so-grammatical approach to broadcasting. His rocking style has also elicited a few barbs from media critics, with one Globe and Mail columnist penning a particularly bitter anti-Stock diatribe during last year’s playoffs.
Part of it might be envy. Stock, who was most famous for his abilities as a pugilist over the course of his NHL career, only made his broadcast debut three years ago on Team 990, Montreal’s English-
I am listening to Detroit Sports radio this morning, specifically 97.1. Pat Caputo is hosting and much of the talk has been the Brown hit on Hudler last night.
HNIC is taking a lot of heat, since the majority there felt the Brown hit was a ‘hockey hit’, but that is not the point of this post.
Caputo brings up Don Cherry and says Cherry is a bigot and if the roles of the players were reversed, what would Don be be saying then, maybe something like “Cheap hit by a Euro…”.
The problem is, and I dvr’d the HNIC broadcast and watched it this morning, Don Cherry was not on the air last night!!! So Pat, what game were you watching?
from Graeme Hamiton of the National Post,
It was midway through the second period of Wednesday’s Montreal-Boston game and the Canadiens were on a power play, trying to claw back from a 2-1 deficit. More than one million people across the country were watching on TV, wondering whether the Canadiens could avoid playoff elimination.
The action on the ice was furious, but things were equally hectic within the Bell Centre. Inside the Hockey Night in Canada production trailer, producer Doug Walton and director John Szpala sat in front of a wall of 22 monitors that showed the play from all angles. It was their job, with a crew of about 40 technicians, cameramen and announcers, to transform on the fly the jumble of images into a seamless broadcast.
“Ready seven. Seven,” Mr. Szpala said, instructing a technician to take the feed from camera seven, giving viewers a close-up of Montreal’s Alex Kovalev losing a puck battle against Boston’s Zdeno Chara. “Ready two. Two.”
If you are like me and want as much news about the playoffs, CBC has created the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog and it is worth visiting on a regular basis.
I have been pointing to a few of the posts in recent days and have found them very informative.
If you want you news quickly and to the point, make sure to check out the ‘09 SCPB ( they should have found a shorter name!).
The Hotstove on HNIC last night touched on numerous subjects including John Tavares, the next Edmonton coach. the Minnesota Wild, Jim Nill & Steve Yzerman.
from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog, .
..Anyway, I thought it was important to weigh in on whether HNiC should acknowledge the blogosphere in this way. Obviously, I think the answer is yes, but the show deserves a more thoughtful response than I could give in a few seconds.
Scott Morrison is right about the blogger who shall not be named, but he is wrong if he thinks ignoring the new hockey media is the answer to the accountability issue. Blogs are not going away simply because the mainstream media operates as if they don’t exist.
The accountability argument is more or less over. It really doesn’t matter whether it is a genuine problem or not because fans clearly don’t care about it. They know the internet. Most of them think they are capable of separating the wheat from the chaff on the web. They didn’t just fall off a turnip truck. They decide what’s worth reading.
Jim Hughson of HNIC sums up the start of the playoffs in a 2 minute or so video.
Check it out but you will probably walk away with more questions than answers.
via CBC Sports,
Join Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. local time for Stanley Cup Countdown (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Hockey Night in Canada analysts Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock bring their expertise to every series, guiding you through all the great matchups.
Relive some of the great hits, goals and saves from Stanley Cups past.
Listen in as some of North America’s most-read bloggers talk to Ron about what to look for as hockey is set to begin its annual quest for sport’s greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup.
from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
...The game has changed. The players have changed and so has the perception from the fans watching the game. I think it’s a direct reflection of our changing society. We live in a world of always worrying to be so PC (politically correct, folks). The game has changed because our society’s influence on it has almost forced some of its changes. No more so than in interpretation of the game’s physicality.
What used to be a battle along the boards, a fight for the puck, a mano-a-mano confrontation is now called like a basketball game. Two minutes for illegal use of the hands or two minutes for being too strong or too tough. I believe the game needed changes to get out of the trap era, but why interfere with what so many people have fallen in love with? The toughness of players playing the toughest game out there….
Fighting is a no-no now, hitting someone who is watching their pass is a crime and body checking someone in the head … purgatory.
I loved the game the way it used to be. I’m worried about the direction the game is going in.
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