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A Look At Elliotte Friedman

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Ten years ago, Ron MacLean and Elliotte Friedman gathered in a hotel room in Raleigh, N.C., to swap stories about the broadcast business and the NHL all-star game they had covered together that day for CBC.

Over a beer or three, MacLean told Friedman he didn’t know how much longer he was going to stay on as the host of the iconic television program Hockey Night in Canada.

“I told Elliotte I would keep the chair warm for him until he was ready,” MacLean recalls.

Friedman, who had dreamed of such an opportunity earlier in his career, dismissed the idea.

“They’re not looking for someone like me,” he said modestly.

He was self-deprecating then and remains unpresuming today. That is the part of the charm that has won him legions of followers. There is a folksiness – similar to the enduring MacLean – that draws viewers in. The difference between then and now is that he has fine-tuned his approach.


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d ca's avatar

Rogers has already ruined HNIC anyways what does it matter who gets it? It’ll be on a non-OTA channel soon enough.

Got rid of regional broadcasts with Windsor getting Detroit. Now it’s basically a Leafs homer broadcast. Coaches corner gone.  Pregame clips and warmups are replaced by a table discussion panel. Pandemic allowed them to cut after 2nd game extended interview.

And don’t even get me started on the game presentation now. Budget cuts on number of cameramen for sure vs seeing the view up close in the corners.

Posted by d ca on 05/14/21 at 04:28 PM ET


HNIC really is a shadow of it’s former self isn’t it?  - haven’t watched since they canned grapes – disgraceful..

miss al Strachan, what a pip. used to get great content from him, duhatschek, and scott Morrison, all long gone..

Posted by rickytarr on 05/14/21 at 10:16 PM ET

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