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by Paul on 06/05/14 at 11:14 AM ET
from Suzanna Bezyan of LA Kings 101,
Barry Melrose, a former Los Angeles Kings coach and current NHL Network contributor, commentator and NHL analyst for ESPN, was recently asked if he were made the Commissioner of NHL broadcasting what changes would he implement to make the game more television friendly. The five points he discussed were; Show athlete’s personalities more, do anything to make the game faster, enforce embellishment, make the players not wear helmets during shootouts, and for television packages to be split.
1. “I'll talk more about on the ice, some things I would like to see done. I would like to see our athletes' personality showing more. We have great guys. They are funny guys. They have got great stories. I don't know if anyone knows the Dominic Moore story, what's happened with Dominic Moore and what he's went through; what Marty St. Louis has went through. Every team has those stories. I would do a better job of letting people see what our athletes are like.”
2. “I would do anything to make the game faster. I think speed is where the game's at. I think for the American viewer, that's what they want to see, speed; they want to see things happen at a high pace. So all of the rules I would implement would be to make the game faster. I would continue really stressing the hooking and holding in the neutral zone, take that completely away. Anything to do with slowing people up when they don't have the puck, I would really enforce. “
3. “I would enforce embellishment totally, if a guy embellishes, throw the book at him. It's embarrassing.
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