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Playoff Series Rounds, Stanley Cup Final Series and Vancouver-Boston Game 7 All set new network highs. On television and on-line, Canadians watched hockey in record numbers this playoff season on CBC.
On air, ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2011 NHL playoffs has shattered all previous records for post-season audiences. From the four playoff series, to the Stanley Cup Final, to the Vancouver/Boston Game 7 showdown, this year’s playoff run truly was one for the record books.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA - Stanley Cup Final – Vancouver/Boston*
• Average audience of 6.15 million viewers, up 98% compared to the 2009/10 Stanley Cup Final.
• Marks the highest Stanley Cup Final average since TV metered measurement (originally set by 2004 average of 3.73 million, a difference of 65%).
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada tonight—Elliotte Friedman’s segment ‘Inside Hockey’ profiles Ray Emery of the Anaheim Ducks, looking at his remarkable recovery and revived career after a diagnosis of avascular necrosis.
Tonight on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman’s segment ‘Inside Hockey” profiled Pavel Datsyuk.
In Scott Morrison’s upcoming book Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day turns to 50 great hockey people and asks them to describe their greatest day in hockey.
An excerpt at CBC quotes Scotty Bowman on this greatest day:
“I really had to think about it, but I would say my last game. The fact I had made up my mind not to coach the following year. I’m very fortunate because most coaches lose their last game and get fired.”
Book also includes the stories of 49 others—including hockey players, management, officials and even a decorated Canadian General—sharing their greatest hockey days. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.
From Marc Crawford’s blog at CBC.ca:
Like most of you, I grew up watching and loving Saturday nights. Hockey Night in Canada was such a big part of life at the Crawford house. With nine children in the family, great seats in our living room were very valuable and many times the floor was the spot where I ended up.
It didn’t matter because we loved hockey, and throw in the fact that we might get popcorn and maybe a glass of Pepsi, it was in my opinion the perfect night.
The broadcast came on at 8:30 p.m. in those days, and the game would be joined in progress, so the big game at our house was guessing the score. All of us would take a stab at whether or not the Leafs or Canadians were up by one or two goals. It was always a thrill to hear Bill Hewitt or Danny Gallivan announce the score.
Hockey Night in Canada will welcome a familiar face and opinionated hockey mind next season, with Mike Milbury joining the show as an analyst.
Milbury, who has spent over 30 years in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager, will also be a regular contributor to the Hot Stove segment on HNIC.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak said in a statement. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what’s happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”
Update 3:53pm ET: Speaking of Milbury’s “entertaining style,” that sort of demands we point to this video (embedded below). The footage is terrible, but somewhere in that muck you can see #28 beating a hockey fan with his own shoe…
From James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,
The unthinkable has happened.
Hockey Night in Canada, the absolute gold standard in hockey broadcasting for generations, is being matched - and in some aspects beaten - in its coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.
By NBC, no less. An American network.
It’s sacrilege to even suggest such a thing. Hockey fans expect HNIC to be the best because, well, it always has been.
From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
The Summerside, PEI native, who battles a neuromuscular disorder that prevents him from speaking, won CBC’s Bring Home The Cup contest, meaning legendary captain Mark Messier, along with Lord Stanley himself, paid a visit to town over the weekend.
Adam Bourque. An inspiration. One heck of a hockey fan. And, oh, yeah, Summerside’s newest celebrity.
Watching Adam Bourque’s video entry to the contest — in which a computer had to transmit his words for him — one must marvel at not only his courage but the passion he has for a game. And it shows the importance of the Stanley Cup, what it means to not only those who dream of lifting it one day, but those who just dare to dream, period.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.
The loud dresser with the loud mouth who rules Canada during the first intermission on Saturday night was, of course, first in line, continuing to beat a nag that he has had for years.
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
The segment HNIC did on Saturday regarding some of the hockey blogs has of course created some great conversation.
Probably the best thing I have read about it comes from Tom Benjamin at his NHL weblog,
I’m really tired of the unsupported criticism - advanced in the story by Kevin Allen - about the lack of accountability and journalistic ethics in the blogosphere. First, I think my readers hold me accountable. Every time I make a mistake, I hear about it in spades and so does everyone who reads the comments on the blog.
Second, if this really is a problem, it is time to name names instead of throwing it out as a general criticism. Which post or blogger violates or has violated the ethics of hockey journalism? Who has been irresponsible? Which opinion falls outside the boundaries of fair comment? Support the criticism with some evidence or shut up about it.
Note: post is sticky to the top of KK for now. Regular updates of hockey news will continue below.
Great feature just on HNIC pre-game featuring many of the well known hockey blogs. The mention was much appreciated and a great job by all the bloggers involved. We will have more in a bit.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
No one wants to return to the pre-lockout days, when players water-skied off opponents, particularly grievous in the neutral zone. Still, must the NHL call the love taps on shin pads?
In some games, officials do.
On Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner last Saturday, Don Cherry showed a set of highlights to illustrate the dubious nature of many slashing and hooking calls. On any given night in the NHL, a player brushing his stick against another player’s shin pads or pants can result in a penalty.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove panel on Saturday, composed of journalists for the first time this season, was provocative and entertaining — something it hasn’t been when retired players Scott Mellanby, Sean Burke and P.J. Stock made up the panel.
Al Strachan, who made his first appearance since 2005, when he was bounced from the show (some NHL club officials had complained to the CBC about the quality of his information), reported that TSN hockey analyst Glenn Healy is rumoured to be the leading candidate to replace Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
It seemed like a trip into fantasyland, but was it? Sources say the Maple Leafs wanted to hire Healy about a year ago as Ferguson’s assistant.
more hockey media talk…
From Dave Waddell at the Windsor Star,
Essex native Ralph Mellanby, the 73-year-old former executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada for two decades, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is responsible for many of the league’s problems.
“Bettman to me is the real problem for hockey,” said Mellanby, who will be signing his book Walking with Legends Saturday at 2 p.m. in Chapters at the Devonshire Mall and at the Essex Legion at 3:30 p.m.
“He’s done so much damage to hockey it may never recover. We don’t have time to go through the litany of errors.”
Mellanby cites the usual laundry list of being in bad hockey markets, ignoring European opportunities, slowness to improve a deteriorating product, turbulent labour relations, the ignoring of Canadian markets, the reluctance to embrace change and some controversial TV deals and asks why Bettman is still employed.
From CBC via Youtube. Features footage of Jonathan Toews big goal the other night, plus Don Cherry’s commentary—with associated video clips—on the instigator rule.
*Thanks to George for passing on the clip!
If you are an “old schooler” like me, you will really enjoy the following video clip.
Younger hockey fans should watch too, a quick glimpse at hockey’s past greats!
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
It was pretty, but, at times, it was pretty boring, too.
We’re talking about Hockey Night In Canada’s Saturday night debut with its new look and programming changes. The new studio, consisting of leather chairs and a mahogany coffee table in front of a large screen, looks clubby. Visually, it was elegant and also a little staid.
When the conversation is also staid, that’s a problem. It’s a hockey telecast, after all, not Masterpiece Theatre.
Host Ron MacLean will be welcoming viewers to Hockey Night in Canada for at least the next seven seasons after agreeing to a new contract Monday.
The new deal will run through the 2013-14 campaign, which coincides with the television deal struck by the CBC and National Hockey League in March.
“For millions of Canadians, Ron is the face of CBC Sports, and we are absolutely thrilled to continue our partnership with him for the long term,” Scott Moore, the executive director of CBC Sports, said in a statement.
Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23 all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach’s Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
The CBC announced the launching of HNIC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Friday, bringing back the show’s radio roots which started 74 years ago.
HNIC Radio will air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1 on channel 122, and will be available to Sirius listeners throughout North America. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“This is a wonderful extension of the Hockey Night in Canada brand,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.