Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/02/12 at 10:22 AM ET
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
At times such as the Winter Classic Monday, it appears as if there are two NHLs. The league on display in Philadelphia is a product of the NHL head office in New York, a hybrid mix of NBC promotion and pandering to U.S. sensibilities in the hope of gaining a more significant TV toehold in the United States. The other NHL is the rump Canadian league defined by Hockey Night in Canada, more religion than a hockey league. A given in the national fabric.
The two solitudes represent very separate notions of the game and run parallel during the regular season before colliding in the Stanley Cup final. For Americans, hockey equals a game; for Canadians, it’s a cult. U.S. sensibilities are not welcome in the Canadian iteration of the league; Canadian teams need not apply for HBO’s 24/7 series or the Winter Classic.
Or so it often seems. But Monday, the cultures collide on the newly christened NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) in the form of a documentary on the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. While the iconic series has been relived in various forms in Canada, this 40th anniversary year provides the first serious look at the series for a U.S. audience.
Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72, will premiere on the NBS Sport Network at 6:00pm ET tonight.
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