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via the Florida Panthers,
FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Florida Panthers, today announced Denis Potvin has joined its roster of Panthers on-air talent as it expands their broadcast team for the 2014-15 season. In his new role, Potvin will return to the broadcast booth as color analyst, a position he previously held with the Florida Panthers for the club’s first 16 seasons in the National Hockey League.
Alongside play-by-play announcer Steve “Goldie” Goldstein, Potvin will provide a seasoned, exciting voice to Panthers’ television broadcasters after spending the past four seasons as color analyst for the Ottawa Senators. Bill Lindsay will remain an integral part of FOX Sports Florida’s Panthers broadcast team as he transitions to a new role this season as color analyst for Panthers LIVE! pregames, intermissions and postgame shows, along with providing a second analyst on-ice perspective for select games. Bill will join Drew Goldfarb, who returns for his second season as host of Panthers LIVE!
"We are pleased to welcome Denis back to the broadcast booth for the Florida Panthers," said Florida Panthers CEO & President Rory Babich. "With an exciting season on the ice right around the corner, the addition of Denis, a hockey legend with long-term ties to the organization, to the existing broadcast team of Steve, Billy and Drew promises to provide an enhanced experience for our TV viewers with one of the premier broadcast teams in the NHL."
“This was a great opportunity to expand and bolster our Panthers broadcast team by bringing in Denis, an NHL Hall of Famer and a veteran broadcaster with intimate knowledge of Florida Panthers Hockey and the team’s history in South Florida,” said Brett Opdyke, executive producer of FOX Sports Florida. “It also allows us to showcase Bill’s analyst skills on our Panthers LIVE! shows, and gives our broadcasts the added bonus of a second analyst “between the benches” on marquee games.”
from Luke Winkie of Extra Mustard at Sports Illustrated,
MIKE HAYNES, Colorado Avalanche
Listen to how excited this grown man gets when a player on the Colorado Avalanche beats up a player on the Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, it's Doug Gilmour so I get it BUT STIILL. I don’t know much about Mike Haynes, but what I do know is that he shouted “HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES” to an opposing hockey team. That will live on forever.
JACK EDWARDS, Boston Bruins
Look, we don’t want to harp on Boston too much, but it’s really hard to write a list about homer broadcasters without returning to Beantown fairly regularly. I love Jack Edwards, he’s got that old stony voice that tends to elevate the viciousness of hockey, and I love that he wages all-out verbal warfare against the Canadiens every time they play the Bruins. It's fairly clear that Jack Edwards likely has never met a French-Canadian he didn’t want to punch in the face.
read on for a video on each plus other non-hockey homer announcers....
thanks to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated for the pointer
STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:
from Tim Schooley of the Pittsburgh Business Times,
Dejan Kovacevic quit as sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in order to launch his own website, DKonPittsburghsports.com.
He said the new website will go live Wednesday, July 23, and expects to announce a corporate sponsor in the coming days. Through the new venture, he’ll continue to travel and cover Pittsburgh's professional sports, with his wife, Dali, managing the business end.
“I believe in the readership that I have,” said Kovacevic. “They’d followed me once from the PG over to the Trib. And I believe that there’s enough of a connection there that the more diehard Pittsburgh sports fan will follow again to this platform.”
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
Pat Foley couldn’t believe it when he got the call earlier this summer: he was a Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner and would be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“I asked, ‘Wasn’t there anyone else?’” Foley said on Saturday. “Truthfully, it’s still hard to wrap my head around it. But to me, this is the stuff that happens at the end of your career. I think I have a few more miles left in me.”
Foley discussed the prestigious honor, his love of broadcasting and how he got to the Chicago Blackhawks’ booth during his panel session at the Chicago Hilton on Saturday morning.
from Stephanie Coratti of The Ontarion,
For most Canadian hockey fans, it has become part of the sacred ritual. Alongside Ron MacLean, the explosion of many colours that is the beloved Don Cherry, and the simple yet necessary instinctual recitation of Foster Hewitt’s “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland,” Hockey Night in Canada’s video montages have cemented their place in hockey history. A feat that anyone who knows a hockey fan would not take lightly; the tradition, the rituals, the history – a gentlemen’s club that most can’t find the door to, let alone knock. And be let in.
Tim Thompson, the man who takes hockey’s most beautiful, most gut-wrenching, and downright ugliest, setting it to a flawless soundtrack sending shivers down your spine every time, has been let in, given a beer, and the legend’s chair. A chair rightfully earned though, as Thompson has paid his fair share of dues. As it does for most, the journey began with a dream to play in the National Hockey League. Thompson took his dream to major junior, manning the blue line for the then Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League.
Left undrafted, Thompson was left in search of a university to attend to get a degree and continue his playing career. Thanks to a run in with an old teammate, Todd Wetzel, who currently played for the University of Guelph and raved about it, Thompson became a Gryphon. “The more I read and heard about the school, the city and the team, the more I thought about how great it would be,” Thompson said of what he described as an easy decision. “And then I found out more about the city, the culture, how it had such a great music scene…”
A small foreshadow to what would later become a significant part of Thompson’s contribution to the world of hockey, off the ice.
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2014 – Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group to work on NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and to host additional studio programming, NBC Sports Group announced today. She will also be part of NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX in January-February 2015, and NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 and the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018.
“With extensive studio and reporting experience as well as in-depth knowledge of the NHL, Kathryn is the perfect fit for our growing stable of properties and programs,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.
from Dave Lozo at his Tumblr page,
Rule No. 3: Consider the importance of the game and how much you are tweeting about it
I’ve covered a few preseason hockey games. I’m usually there because I want to talk to a player afterward about something unrelated to the game, which is a preseason game, which is a fancy way of calling it a scrimmage, in that it is meaningless and really not worth watching.
Yet there are people who will hammer the in-game tweets down your throat for two-plus hours as if it is Game 82 and the winner goes to the playoffs and the loser goes home.
Maybe you’re saying, “Dave, there are people out there who follow me and want that information.” And I bet that’s true. But there are way more who don’t want it and the people who do want that information are probably watching the game anyway and don’t really need it.
If your backup argument is sometimes preseason games aren’t on television, well, that should tell you something about their importance.
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Sportsnet just posted a promo video titled "Greatness".
from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer.
In a telephone interview Tuesday, the 71-year-old member of multiple Halls of Fame said he had a biopsy three weeks ago in Canada and was told two weeks ago that a golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant.
Jeanneret, who has been broadcasting Sabres games either on radio or television for 43 years, expects to have radiation treatment for six or seven weeks and possibly chemotherapy. His doctors in Hamilton, Ont., have told him that it is stage III cancer and that he has an 85 percent chance of recovery. He is meeting with them again Thursday.
“I would like to stress I have every intention of coming back,” said Jeanneret. “I have probably three months ahead of me that aren’t going to be fun. I know they aren’t going to be.”
added 7:37am, Statement from the Buffalo Sabres is below...
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