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FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:
"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."
Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@
Saturday night is the night you fell for hockey.
I quickly learned that sportswriters live in a different world than their readers, for better or worse. Journalism schools and editors taught us that objectivity was a primary mission. We don’t celebrate wins and mourn losses. We report the facts, positive or negative, and let the readers decide. In a column or commentary, we are expected to dish out credit and criticism as warranted, regardless of the side.
So here I am knee-deep in my last regular column — Rumblings will go on for a while — and that fundamental journalistic tenant remains, even while the world around us has changed.
These days most people seem to want their news (and even their sports) slanted toward their viewpoints, whatever they are. There are still those who value objectivity, who see the merit in an unbiased observer offering his honest opinion, but more see it as us vs. them.
-Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch saying goodbye to his readers.
TORONTO (Sept. 17, 2016) – Television networks serving more than 200 countries and territories across six continents will provide live game coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Several of these agreements are with broadcasters in countries receiving World Cup of Hockey coverage for the first time, including China.
ESPN’s championship caliber commentator team begins coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when Team USA faces Team Europe in group play. The top team of Steve Levy and Barry Melrose will call the action. ESPN’s John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will call their first tournament game at 8 p.m. that night when Team Czech Republic faces off against Team Canada.
Former NHL goalie Darren Pang, who previously provided analysis for ESPN’s NHL coverage, will join the team as a game analyst and between-the-benches reporter for select games.
Linda Cohn and Toronto native Adnan Virk will host studio coverage throughout the group play stage of the tournament. Buccigross will take over as studio host for the Semifinals and Final when Levy and Melrose are in the booth. Coverage will feature NHL Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Chris Chelios in the studio for every game during the tournament. Virk will host the two-hour preview show on Friday, Sept 16, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with commentary and analysis from the entire Toronto-based group.
via Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News,
Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who missed the last two months of the Kings’ last regular season as he recovered from heart bypass surgery, will definitely be back for his upcoming 44th season — but it will be with a reduced schedule by mutual agreement of him and the team.
Miller, who turns 78 next month, sat out 33 games after his Feb. 2 surgery before returning as a spectator to watch the Kings open the playoffs in mid-April. “They said it would be a six-to-nine month recovery and I’m feeling pretty good now seven months from the surgery,” Miller said Friday from his West Hills home. “The team has been great in working on how to adjust the schedule for me.”
The Kings have not announced the specifics of the plan, but it will involve hiring another TV play-by-play man as to not disrupt the flow of the radio side with Hall of Famer Nick Nickson or KingsInsider.com Jon Rosen filling in.
While doing all home games and Pacific Division road contests, Miller will likely pass on about 20 games that involve extended road trips that focus on East Coast travel, such as most of the one that covers nine games in 17 days from Dec. 13-29.
from Michael Skarka of ESPN MediaZone,
ESPN’s start-to-finish World Cup of Hockey 2016 telecasts will have all the angles covered through innovative production techniques, top-tier commentary, creative enhancements and studio programming surrounding the games. The puck drops on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET when Team USA takes on Team Europe (ESPN2). All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president production and remote events, said, “ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey productions will bring viewers into the arena through a wide range of camera angles and in-depth commentary from experienced NHL voices. World Cups are all about national pride and cheering for your country. We will help elevate fans’ knowledge in this endeavor through our comprehensive on-site and studio coverage.”
ESPN will supplement the world feed of 31 cameras with additional cameras to provide more angles for enhanced coverage. One camera will be positioned on the main center ice platform giving ESPN the best access to its between benches reporter and isolation capabilities on both benches and players on the ice. Another will be placed in the slash position (near-side corner about halfway up the stands) and provide an interesting angle for on ice activity. A handheld camera will travel with on-ice reporter Leah Hextall.
All coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS will also be available to stream live on WatchESPN across computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices via an affiliated video provider.
TORONTO (August 24, 2016) Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights –Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule).
Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games on the 2016-17 schedule include the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
from Michael Skarka of ESPN,
ESPN.com’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 coverage will be led by four veteran and well-respected NHL journalists – Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald. Each will focus on a team or teams and provide daily updates across ESPN digital and social media platforms.
Beginning in training camp, #LevyAndMelrose (Steve Levy, Barry Melrose) video segments highlighting workouts, pre-tournament games and the tournament will be featured regularly.
ESPN.com will provide extensive and in-depth coverage throughout the entire World Cup of Hockey 2016, beginning with team training camps on Sunday, Sept. 4, including in-depth coverage of every tournament game beginning Sept. 17, through the best-of-three Final beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Reporters by Team
Team USA –Burnside
Team North America –Custance
Team Canada –LeBrun
Team Sweden –McDonald
Team Finland –McDonald
Rest in peace John Saunders.
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