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Canada Does It Right

from the Crookston Daily Times(MN),
It was strange watching Hockey Night in Canada throughout the playoffs. Me, a California kid, had only heard of Don Cherry and the sacred hockey network CBC. By the end of the playoffs I refused to watch NHL hockey on the Outdoor Life Network or NBC. I was fascinated with HNIC and the fact that I got to watch former King goalie Kelly Hrudey, who netminded the Kings into that very Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Canadians in '93, do commentary for the network. It was just a small coincidence. Last night NBC stopped its coverage of the post-game ceremonies while CBC surged on and I watched amazed. All those years I was missing out on so much extra coverage that our television stations didn't care to cover.
more added 9:19am, Then we have this from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Then, with 1 minute 17 seconds remaining and the faceoff in Carolina's zone, Edmonton called a timeout. The camera zoomed in on Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, chalkboard in hand, giving directions to his players. Now was the time for the play-by-play team of Bob Cole and Harry Neale to set the scene. Who would be on the ice for the teams? What was Edmonton's plan? Who would take the critical faceoff? What did they give us? Believe it or not, Neale decided to use the time to thank the Hockey Night producer and director for their good work during the season. Cole, at the most important stage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, noted it was executive producer Joel Darling's birthday. "The young man had a birthday today," he said. "Happy birthday, Joel." They ignored the drama of the moment. Instead of giving us information, they delivered stuff that was irrelevant. It was beyond appalling. It was embarrassing to the CBC, to Hockey Night and everything it has represented over the years.

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