Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/16/10 at 05:16 PM ET
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Former Canadiens forward Mike Johnson isn’t on team charters any longer, now boarding commercial flights for his broadcast assignments as a hockey analyst for TSN and the NHL Network….
In the studio and broadcast booths, Johnson cherishes remaining close to the game he loves. And he’s not afraid to speak his mind, aware that players who in many cases were teammates or opponents are among those he critiques.
“At times, I might be critical of players who are vastly superior to me,” he said. “But if I’m going to say something on the air that’s critical, it’s something I’d also say to the person’s face and be able to defend.”
Text messages will fly back and forth: “Hey Mike, I hear you took a shot at me on the show ...” might get the lighthearted reply: “Don’t fall down and I won’t be able to say anything.”
With no formal training, Johnson listens to as much as he watches the games he’s not working. He’ll seek out feedback from industry veterans “and try to develop good habits and watch for ways to improve, as I did when I played.”
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