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Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed numerous topics including the "dummy defensemen" of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Happy Birthday Don Cherry.
NEW YORK (February 2, 2016) – As the NHL regular season continues tonight, marking the pivotal push to the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, National Hockey League fans will have access to a new suite of digital products across their favorite devices. These products, which include a brand new NHL.TV™ streaming subscription service for out-of-market games*, official NHL® App and NHL.com, are the first developed and distributed from the NHL’s groundbreaking six-year digital media rights partnership with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM).
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 1, 2016 – Fueled by a new 3-on-3 tournament format and a two-goal performance by Pacific Division captain and All-Star Game MVP John Scott, the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on NBCSN was the most-watched and highest-rated All-Star Game in the network’s history, averaging 1.595 million viewers and a 0.90 household rating, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.
Viewership of this year’s NHL All-Star Game (5:03-8:27 p.m. ET) from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., was up 34% vs. 2015 (1.194 million). This year’s viewership peaked in the 6:30-6:45 p.m. ET quarter hour, as 1.89 million viewers watched John Scott score a pair of goals in the Pacific Division’s 9-6 win against the Central Division.
The Pacific Division went on to win the All-Star Game with a 1-0 victory in the championship round over the Atlantic Division, which defeated the Metropolitan Division 4-3 in the tournament’s first game. This year marked the introduction of the 3-on-3 tournament format to the All-Star Game, inspired by the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format, which began this season.
Following are the Top 10 markets for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game:
The new-look NHL.com is up, what are your thoughts?
Below, using their embed code, I tried to post the video of John Scott and Patrick Kane going at it yesterday but it looks like some work needs to be done.
added 8:33am, A work around suggested by NHL.com has fixed the video but auto play is still on and hopefully that will be fixed too.
added 8:49am, the auto play issue has been resolved too. NHL.com was quick to react and the video now looks as it should.
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame Television Play-by-Play Broadcaster Bob Miller will take a medical leave of absence, the Kings announced today.
Miller is slated to undergo heart bypass surgery. The date of the surgery has not yet been determined. The timeline for Miller’s return to the TV booth also is undetermined.
“It is unfortunate that I have to miss Kings telecasts but I have to get this taken care of as soon as possible,” said Miller. “I know the telecasts will be in good hands and I hope to return to the TV booth as soon as my health allows.”
Canadians who want to watch NHL games have a few options. First off, the CBC Sports app lets Canadian residents watch select Saturday Hockey Night games free of charge. While that might be enough for some leisure spectators, serious hockey fans will no doubt want more.
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
For so many children of the Dominion, Hockey Night in Canada is “appointment viewing,” says Scott Oake. As the ice-level reporter for Sportsnet, the Rogers-owned channel that took over broadcasting rights from CBC two season sago, Oake is therefore “like the keeper off the towel, like the guy who carries the Stanley Cup around.” But what kid pays attention to a towel, especially when the person beneath it plays in the National Hockey League? Who cares about cloth while an idol talks on the screen?
Adults who still remember those days, apparently....
As far back as John Shannon remembers, there were always towels. The first incarnation appeared under former executive producer Ron Harrison and were sponsored by an old linen company called Wabasso, Shannon says. This made for a tricky situation. On the one hand, the towels were free. On the other hand, they featured a logo most associated with bedding. “It wasn’t really indicative of what a few of us thought Hockey Night in Canada stood for,” Shannon says.
The way Shannon, a former HNIC executive producer, tells its history, the towel first moved toward its iconic state after the 1994-95 lockout ended, as the broadcast searched for better branding. “We wanted Hockey Night in Canada all over the place,” Shannon says. And since each intermission interviewee received the same two things—bottled water to drink and a towel to wipe his face—Shannon smacked the HNIC logo right on the thing present in every shot. “While simultaneously ending the practice of paying players a modest sum for the interview segments ($75 or so, Shannon says), the broadcast offered a token for their troubles.
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