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from Ron MacLean of Hometown Hockey,
Here’s tonight’s word play from London.
As promised each week, I’ll incorporate lines from Canadian literature or a song into our broadcast, and then reveal them at show’s end.
I’m not a literary critic or expert, but like you—which I may presume if you’ve come this far—I read a fair bit. It’s to inform my viewpoint, to wrestle my bias and at best, to laugh. One of my favourite essayists, Joseph Epstein, wrote: “I have never met a good writer who wasn’t also a penetrating reader; and every good writer, with varying degrees of consciousness and subtlety, is also, in an indirect way, a plagiarist.”
My opening essay this evening is a rip off. Whew. I feel better already.
The sentence, “A journey through lakeland, rockland and hill country, a little adjacent to where the world is, a little north of where the cities are and some time we may go back there,” is from poet Al Purdy in The Country North of Belleville.
I watched the complete show and game last night and just like Hockey Day in Canada, the features and stories were just great. Ron MacLean only added to the story and I came away as one very impressed viewer.
I am looking forward to the rest of the season of Hometown Hockey.
A video postcard from London is below...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
It’s as delightful a slice of Canadiana as an afternoon on an outdoor pond with pals.
At the head of a lengthy line growing on the concourse at Sylvan Lake Multi-Plex stands Ron MacLean, signing autographs and doing what he does best — talking hockey.
On this day, he’s creating memories for kids and hockey fans in this Alberta town of 13,000 ahead of the recently played Kraft Hockeyville preseason contest featuring the Calgary Flames.
But over the next 25 weeks, a similar scene will play itself out in small-town rinks from coast-to-coast as part of his highly publicized reassignment.
Replaced on Hockey Night in Canada by George Stroumboulopoulus as part of Rogers hockey’s new world order, the 54-year-old MacLean is now the face of Hometown Hockey, airing on Citytv nationally every Sunday night.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Ron MacLean has been frozen out of the new version of Hockey Night In Canada. Literally.
While George Stroumboulopoulos will sit in the studio chair and take the starring role that once was his – ringmaster of the most popular show on Canadian television – MacLean will be looking in from the outside on Sunday nights. And even he admits his fractious relationship with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, which saw Bettman boycott Hockey Night after one particularly contentious interview in 2010, might have something to do with it....
But as the conversation continued – and the topic turned to the belief among his broadcasting colleagues that MacLean’s on-air clashes with Bettman played no small role in his reduced role – there were hints MacLean may not be quite as sanguine about the change as it seems. MacLean and Bettman usually butted heads over labour-management issues in the NHL. MacLean consistently took the players’ side during interviews because, he said, he firmly believed the league was better off with a strong NHL Players’ Association.
“Maybe that hurt me but I would gladly fall on my sword for that principle,” MacLean said. “But I don’t know that it had anything to do with [a reduced role]. It could have.”
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Who was your toughest interview?
Grant Fuhr was exceptionally humble. You sweat a little if players have short answers. Grant was the [Stanley] Cup winner, the Canada Cup winner; he was right there as the goaltender. He was like a cowboy. He refused to take any credit for his performance or explain his performance. You loved that about him, but because he was the No. 1 star, it was a challenge.
Mostly I remember the good interviews. [Wayne] Gretzky was at the forefront. Scotty Bowman has a fascinating stream of consciousness. Dino Ciccarelli was stunningly great. Tony McKegney. Steve Konroyd was a tremendous interview, a surprise.
Do hockey players get a bad rap for being too cliché or too safe in interviews?
It’s changed. I feel like Sidney Crosby is just like Gretzky—same love of the game. He has hockey card collections and an unbelievable reservoir of stories. But I think social media has scared him off. The new player is just terrified of making a misstep, and it’s in perpetuity. It’s there, and it’s distributed. It has shackled the player of today.
The way we do interviews has changed. We used to bring Wayne into the studio, drape a towel over him, and it was a controlled setting. You didn’t feel like you were being overheard. Most of the interviews are conducted in a public forum now—in a hallway, on the ice in front of other players. Guys are wary of being overheard. They don’t want to be laughed at. A sit-down interview is much the preferred forum, like what we’re having.
CBC hockey commentator Ron MacLean apologizes for his comment about French-Canadian referees during Tuesday night’s Stanley Cup playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.
MacLean suggested during the second intermission that a French-Canadian referee should not be working the game. The context for his comment was a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in the third game of the first-round playoff series that Lightning coach Jon Cooper said cost his team the game.
MacLean said the fact the NHL assigned another French-Canadian referee to officiate Game 4 was meant to send a message to Cooper.
MacLean’s view was challenged by fellow Hockey Night in Canada commentator Elliotte Friedman, who said it was “unfair” to suggest French-Canadian referees were partial to Montreal.
continued and watch the HNIC segment below regarding the referee comment...
Tonight Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talked Phaneuf, Subban, Backes, Hitchcock, some baseball and more.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
Who was the big winner in Rogers' shakeup earlier this week of "Hockey Night in Canada"?
Some might conclude it was George Stroumboulopoulos. Indeed, the 41-year-old CBC talk show host and former MuchMusic VJ has been handed what is arguably the best on-air TV job in Canada—host of "Hockey Night in Canada." The iconic TV franchise is so ingrained in Canadian culture it is right up there with the Mounties and the Maple Leaf.
Those feeling sorry for departing host Ron MacLean, however, can put off the pity party. By this time next year, MacLean may be seen as the big winner.
MacLean has been offered about as sweet an after-deal as just about anybody departing a top job could hope for—the chance to be a key part of a whole new night of a famous sports franchise. It's a bit like being asked to go from "Monday Night Football" to "Sunday Night Football," a U.S. transition where the new night now routinely outdraws the original Monday showcase.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean after the 1st period of the late HNIC game touch on numerous topics including earlier games from last night.
I am beginning to enjoy these segments more than Coach's Corner.
Honestly, a year from now, I still see myself doing Hockey Night in Canada. It will be a little different; more explaining where you go to see what. The logistics might need refining. But my gut feeling is that it will just be Hockey Night In Canada as presented by Rogers. And I’m glad for that.
-Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada. More from MacLean at Macleans on a few more topics...
The segment opens up with Ron MacLean showing an old interview he did with Stompin' Tom Conners, then Don Cherry does play-by-play of the Canada/Mexico baseball brawl today in the World Baseball Classic.
The Dziurzynski/McLaren fight is next on the list, with Don saying McLaren should stay in his own 'fight class' then fighting in the game is discussed.
In the video via CBC, Ron MacLean talks about HNIC plans for the season, Brian Burke, the outlook of the Canadian teams in the NHL and then picks the Kings to repeat.
from Ron MacLean of CBC,
There won't be a lockout.
Seven years ago, the owners held a powerful upper hand. And more important, the issues were different. Gary Bettman wisely hired Arthur Levitt, the former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to produce an audit showing the NHL lost $232 million US in 2003-04.
That gave Bettman public support and believability. The owners were told by their agent, the NHL commissioner, that they could gain a $1 billion with a new CBA and they certainly faced the prospect of losing money if they ran a season. It was an easy decision to shut down.
All Bettman is after in this negotiation is to do what both the NFL and NBA did and trim the players’ percentage of revenues. With the wonderful growth since the last CBA, the players now earn 57 per cent of hockey-related revenues (HRR) and have been getting larger absolute dollar amounts.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed the first period of tonight’s game, discussed the issues with the benches being next to each other, Cherry takes a small shot at Pierre McGuire, talked Kings/Coyotes including the Brown hit and praise for Dean Lombardi.
TORONTO, May 10, 2012 /CNW/ - As Hockey Night In Canada went to air for last night’s game between Washington and New York, in his opening remarks, Ron MacLean described the on-going battle between the two teams and made reference to the respective cities, both of which were 9/11 targets.
Ron and CBC would like to clarify what may have been misunderstood by his comments.
“Washington and New York. The two cities united by the tragedy of 9/11. I, like everyone on the planet in his or her lifetime, saw beyond the horror, the single greatest testament to the strength of the human spirit in the efforts of the first responders”, says Ron Maclean.
“We never know if we’ll have that spirit. The bravery, the resilience. As I made clear, the hockey games in no way compare. However Sports has proven a worthy training ground in nurturing the qualities which beget that spirit. To say he plays like a firefighter or a policeman would instantly conjure the traits an athlete most desires, especially in New York and Washington. There could be no higher praise of a player, no greater choice of a role model .
But as I said of first responders, ‘Our worst day is their everyday’. They stand alone.”
Below, you can watch and hear what MacLean said last night
Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner today points out a few issues he has with both Ovechkin and Semin, talks Mike Smith and the Yotes/Preds game last night and Canadian players in the playoffs.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Soon, as negotiations to renew Hockey Night In Canada’s contract with the National Hockey League commence, a determination on the future of Cherry and the ever-popular Coach’s Corner segment will have to be made.
It may, in fact, be forced.
When Burke went behind Cherry’s back and made it clear to his NHL brethren that he no longer wanted Cherry on the large Hockey Night stage he found he had surprising support for the concept. He wasn’t alone in wanting the outspoken Cherry silenced. There is a sense within the NHL that Hockey Night, and in particular host Ron MacLean and Cherry, are too combative, too critical, too agenda driven for the NHL’s liking.
If this is the league’s signature program, they, like some of their friends at CBC, would prefer it to be more vanilla. Less spice.
So here’s the CBC dilemma: Cherry remains its ratings grabber. Large as the game may be, he still commands attention far beyond the game itself and long after Saturday night is over. It’s six days after game night and his anti-Burke rant is still a trending topic of conversation.
Don and Ron discuss numerous topics and those of us who watched Coach’s Corner on NHL Net-US finally understand why Don is wearing that getup.
Not sure why NHL Net-US keeps missing the first ten seconds of Coach’s Corner, but I sure would like to know.
Ron and Don touch on numerous hockey topics….
from Ron MacLean of CBC,
I was hoping to have Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke join me to answer question we’ve been raising on the show, but he declined.
I asked if I could give the exact quote he gave me for his decision to opt out. He said no. After giving him my views on the importance of the dialogue, Brian said “Explain it, then. I have no obligation here. Write and say whatever you want.” That would be fine, except that saying and writing what we want is the reason Brian’s not coming on the show.
He made it clear he did not like what has been said on our show. I explained a few bits about the balance we’ve brought, and explained the value of his appearance to our show and his fans.
Brian quipped, “Methinks, the lady doth protest too much”. Got me there. Funny it was on his mind in the hours after his vote of confidence for Ron Wilson.
more from Ron on today’s HNIC…
from a Jeff Marek tweet,
True Story: Ron MacLean jumped into the Delaware River to save a man who was taking his own life this afternoon.
added 5:50pm, from Fan590,
MacLean says he was having lunch on a patio by the Delaware River with Don Cherry when a panicky woman came up saying there was someone in the water.
MacLean and a few others sprung into action — he grabbed a velvet rope, jumped a wrought-iron railing and ran down to the water.
When he arrived he saw another man had already jumped into the river and pulled the man to a raft.
added 7:06pm, from Kristina Rutherford of CBC,
And what was Cherry doing at the time?
“Supervising,” MacLean said. “He was just overseeing to make sure everything was OK. We knew this guy wasn’t going to drown at this point.
“I kind of hop over the rail and jump down to help this guy that’s already in the water with the man who is taking his life, as it turns out.”
Ron was on Fan590 this morning and said he felt sorry for Bettman. The man is under a lot of pressure especially with the Phoenix situation, since he told the owners they would not lose money on this deal.
“After the show, at the hotel, with a few libations under our belts and our long, long conversations, comes the real story. And these are the stories I’ve shared with Kirstie.”
-Ron MacLean about his memoir which will be published. More from the CP at Yahoo.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
What started as a debate about Vancouver’s Alex Burrows’ integrity has now become a question of how to protect the integrity of broadcaster Ron MacLean, the CBC bingo caller who launched a one-sided takeout of the Canucks forward on the January 16 version of Hockey Night In Canada . Sources tell Usual Suspects that parties at both the Canucks and CBC now privately concede that MacLean was over the journalistic line for not allowing Burrows to defend himself on charges of diving and lying on his filibuster.
The question now is how does CBC placate the Canucks without publicly reprimanding its veteran host (something they are not offering to do at this moment)? Can it offer other concessions to satisfy the outrage in Vancouver?
I’d like to read your opinion on this topic. I would be a little biased if I commented on this, since I’ve let it be known by questioning if Burrows would have gone public if the Canucks would have won the game that seems so long ago…
I also have met Ron on a few occasions and think he is the best in the business.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean’s voice came close to breaking once or twice, but it never did. He seemed to try to explain why he stayed at Beijing rather than leave the Olympic city and return home to be at his mother’s side.
Were we witnessing guilt as well as grief? Whatever the case, it was authentic, personal and moving.
“I don’t want to jar you with this news,” he said. “But I just got the word about my mom, who is 82 years old. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Mom’s condition has been tough for about a year now. But she broke her hip on the eve of the opening ceremony and, if you know anything about cancer, once that trauma was added to the weight of her circumstance, it was a very difficult last 14 days.”
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.
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.