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from Scott Morrison of CBC,
Think of the great Canadian hockey play-by-play announcers and Cole is at the top with the late Foster Hewitt and Danny Gallivan. It would pain the humble Cole to hear it, but he has become a Canadian hockey icon in his own right and he is the broadcast wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Part of what makes him so special, of course, on and off the air, is that Bob doesn’t realize he is an icon and would never think he was the show, that he was bigger than the game. Cole has never forgotten, and likes to remind you that people tune in to watch the game, and he is just glad to be able to call it.
Sometimes, sadly, we tend to take for granted the good things in our lives, or not realize how special they are until they’re gone. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case on Wednesday in Toronto, when the native of St. John’s, Nfld., was honoured by Sport Media Canada with a career achievement award.
CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA attracted record audiences for its Saturday night debut this weekend. An average audience of 2.251 million viewers tuned in to the first game of the evening featuring Toronto taking on Ottawa and Montreal taking on Pittsburgh, up 34% from the 09/10 Saturday night season premiere of the program. The evening’s second game from Vancouver against L.A., attracted an average of 1.430 million viewers, up 26% from the first Saturday night broadcast last season. Both are the highest Saturday night debut audiences in the program’s history. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight drew an average audience of 569,000.
A few days late but you will still enjoy it- The HNIC opening montage from Saturday night.
View it below and if your monitor is HD capable, make sure to watch the video in 720p.
When will some of the Canadian media stop with the ‘our game’ and ‘bring the Cup home’ stories?
Did anyone see any questionable headshots last night? Maybe the players have finally received the message.
When will the trade talk start heating up again? I say right around American Thanksgiving.
Why won’t the people who run Center Ice get more bandwidth in order to provide US based fans the joy of watching HNIC in HD?
Why does VERSUS continue to do interviews while the game is being played?
Elliotte Friedman did tonight’s Inside Hockey piece on Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
“Hockey Night in Canada has become a program about itself.”
There is nothing new to this statement – apart from the fact, perhaps, that it has now been typed and printed – as it has been said now for some time by those who were once part of the CBC’s sports flagship program and is often said by those still involved with it.
Think of the recent HNIC as the Seinfeld of TV sports, a program that, in the final analysis, is really about very little, at times nothing, but the characters, often outrageous, who come and go between commercials – or, in this case, between periods. If only it were as funny.
It has become a program about itself, when it should be about the game.
added 11:02pm, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Cherry, 76, is the face, spirit and personality of a show that begins another season next week, with special Thursday night broadcasts of two season openers, Montreal at Toronto followed by Calgary at Edmonton.
Currently, CBC has no succession strategy and considering his impact, that’s disaster in television. Think, All In The Family after Archie. As a metaphor for the challenges facing the show, he’s the perfect symbol. Just as the network must replace Cherry ultimately, it needs to adapt to the realities of new media.
In interviews with The Globe and Mail, former Hockey Night producers Ralph Mellanby and John Shannon stress that the program must be a trend-setter.
“Right now it’s still a good show, but it’s a little predictable,” Mellanby says. “The intermissions are the biggest challenges to make innovative [and] news-driven. I’d put the stuff from the pregame half-hour show into the body of the show and move the all the panels into the half-hour show. I get tired of all the talking heads on Hockey Night, TSN, Sportsnet, NBC. You need to tell stories, not just use talking heads.”
from Chris Johnston of the CP at The Hockey News,
“At this point, we don’t even know how many 3D TVs are out there. I don’t think anyone has a true grip on it, it’s very similar to the beginning of high definition; no one could really tell,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
“If I gave you an estimate I’d probably be way off. I’m not being evasive, I honestly don’t know.”
BBM Canada, the non-profit organization that tracks TV ratings, said it doesn’t have any data on 3D viewership yet.
“The system would be able to do it if the TV industry decided they wanted it, but as far as I know, no one has talked about it yet,” said Tom Jenks, director of communications for BBM.
But despite the uncertainty, CBC wants to be a leader in the technology, Moore said. The broadcaster teamed up with Panasonic Canada to go to air with 3D broadcasts of a Dec. 11 game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Heritage Classic on Feb. 20, 2011, an outdoor game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
Brad May didn’t get through 18 National Hockey League seasons and 1,041 regular-season games by taking many nights off.
He’ll take the same approach again this season in his new hockey venture with CBC Sports as its American Hockey League analyst.
“Mediocrity, for me, is not an option. I want to jump in with two feet and I want to become the best I possibly can be,” May, who will also work as co-host for Hockey Night In Canada Radio and Online, said on the phone from his Toronto home.
Get your calendars out hockey fans and start circling the dates - CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA returns this September with a total of 29 all-Canadian match-ups and the game’s biggest stars, announcing an 87-game broadcast schedule for the 2010-11 season. Plus, viewers will again be able to watch the CBC game of their choice with live and on-demand streaming of all games, special features and much more, available at CBCSports.ca.
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.
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