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Opening montage from tonight.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The late Danny Gallivan, whose inimitable play-by-play on Hockey Night in Canada telecasts brought the Canadiens into the living rooms of millions, is one of four broadcasters today named to the CBC Sports Hall of Fame.
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from CBC Sports,
Nothing goes better with Hockey Night In Canada than former coaches and goaltenders.
Already home to the likes of outspoken Don Cherry and analytical Kelly Hrudey, the venerable CBC broadcast rounded out its roster Wednesday with the addition of Guy Carbonneau, Glenn Healy and Kevin Weekes.
Are you ready for the Battle of the Blades?
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Perhaps CBC’s tepid ratings until now stem from confusion over content. Hockey Night in Canada seems to believe the show is Don Cherry with a little hockey game on the side. A few deluded souls believe the players and game should take prominence over He Who Will Not be Ignored. Once again, Game 7 featured another homage à Cherry as he fished an octopus out of the Detroit River. This after the laboured Dos Equis beer spoof and a season of otherwise bowing and scraping to his schtick….
Hockey Night will also have to consider the polymorphous Ron MacLean, Cherry’s caddy. One minute he’s the crack reporter on The Hot Stove, all fedoras with the business card and a pencil behind the ear. Then he’s the frozen Deepak Chopra, spouting homilies about Pittsburgh’s rookie head coach Dan Bylsma, “He learned there was a busload of adversity and a flight of opportunity along the way.”
The next moment he’s the unabashed fan, gushing over the players on the ice Friday night.
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
The Stanley Cup final is turning out to be a bit of a ratings dog for CBC, with audiences down 15 per cent after the first five games.
If things continue and Detroit finishes up the series Tuesday night, this could be one of the least-watched Stanley Cup finals in years. But there’s a mystery here: Why?
The hockey’s been pretty good and there’s no shortage of stars on the ice. With the exception of Saturday’s blowout, which no doubt sent hundreds of thousands looking for quality reruns, the series has been competitive.
Even CBC is baffled by the ratings drop.
“We’re slightly mystified and slightly disappointed,” says CBC Sports head Scott Moore. “Maybe it’s a case of been there, done that and Saturday’s blowout certainly didn’t help.
“But beyond that we’re not really sure what’s happening.”
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
Even though hockey still beats out everything on the sports dial here, the fact is twice as many Americans are watching the final than Canadians. It could be a fascination with Darren Pang, or maybe it’s the lack of gripping poker tournaments.
One might assume from this odd trend that NBC is doing a great job of presenting hockey and CBC not so much. But the fact is they both do pretty much the same job.
For example, announcers of both networks still manage to talk right through key plays. On Saturday night, CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson was rambling on about Detroit’s penalty-killing woes and neglected to tell viewers that a strange carom off the boards almost resulted in a shorthanded goal for the Red Wings.
Over on NBC, Pierre McGuire was making a comment about Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk being able to “stickhandle in a phone booth without being interrupted” at the same time Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was making a long pass that resulted in a goal.
from Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press,
Wearing a pink coat, Cherry arrived at the Joe flanked by two young ladies aboard a boat on the Detroit River and made his way through the fans outside the arena. Inside he got a hug and a kiss from “my songbird,” Karen Newman.
Budd Lynch, meanwhile, has been doing a taped voice-over: “His reputation is expanding faster than the galaxy. ... His blood smells like cologne. ... He often has awkward moments just because he likes them. ... He’s the most interesting man in the universe.”
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