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The Guys Between The Benches

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

“Man the stuff you hear,” says Ray Ferraro, who usually mans the space for TSN. “You hear everything ‘I’ll kill you.’ Life threats. Stuff about wives and girlfriends. Anything but stuff about kids. That’s off-limits. I have to press my cough button because I can’t let it get on air.”

Ferraro’s one of the few (along with CBC’s Glenn Healy and NBC’s Pierre McGuire) regularly assigned to the hot spot. As a former player—and a yappy one himself—he’s in a perfect position to hear the sniping and humour that pass amongst rivals. “The area around the bench like a bus stop,” he says. “Guys have to stop and talk. As a former player I find a lot of humour in it. Some of the guys are very funny.”

McGuire revolutionized the position when TSN first talked the NHL into allowing a broadcaster in the area that was meant for a single cameraman. Now you can have as many as three people jammed like sardines into the cramped space. “The league, the players and the coaches have really reached out to try and help make the position work,” McGuire tells Usual Suspects. “The buildings that only have glass on one side of the box are great. Pittsburgh does that a lot.”


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SYF's avatar

The Wranglers have a fan promotion where for $199/person (plus lots of other goodies including meet-and-greet with the players) you and one other person can sit between the benches as well.  I’m sure that has been an enlightening experience because last I heard, it’s sold out for the remaining Wranglers home games at the Orleans Arena.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/12/12 at 12:44 AM ET


Those “life threats” crack me up, too. Typical Ferraro: just talking for the sake of talking….

Posted by Al on 01/12/12 at 04:50 AM ET


McGuire revolutionized the position when TSN first talked the NHL into allowing a broadcaster in the area that was meant for a single cameraman.

Sorry, but how could he “revolutionize” the position when it was just created, essentially for him.

That’s like saying Jacques Plante revolutionized the goalie mask when he was the first person to wear a goalie mask.

Posted by Garth on 01/12/12 at 12:01 PM ET


McGuire showing the love for the Pens even in the most random places. He looked downright somber after the Pens loss to the Caps last night. He does know he doesn’t get a ring on Mario’s coattails this time. Doesn’t he?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 01/12/12 at 06:09 PM ET

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