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An Unprovoked Attack on “The Pensblog”
Folks, I’m a Devils fan.  You’ll see that more and more over the coming weeks, as this blog will become more Devil-centric.  My posts will become almost Lamoriello-esque in their ability to take any situation and make it obscenely boring.  Is there a way to make talking about God’s Most…
Posted by Steve on 09/06/08 | Comments 0

NHL Players Hug it Out with Entourage Stars
From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com: Doug Ellin, the creator and executive producer of the show, and Kevin Connolly, who stars on the show, are Long Island natives and life-long Islanders fans. “Mike Bossy is rolling around here,” said an excited Ellin. “For a diehard guy who went to 25, 30…
Posted by Steve on 09/04/08 | Comments 0

CBC’s Hockey Night Anthem Challenge Voting Begins Soon
Submissions for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA Anthem Challenge, sponsored by Bell, Diet Pepsi Max and Expedia.ca, came to an impactful close on Sunday, August 31, as an overwhelming 14,685 total entries were received - demonstrating that the Anthem Challenge has truly captured the attention of Canadians coast to coast.…
Posted by Steve on 09/03/08 | Comments 0

Henrik Lundqvist is Queens Boulevard
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com: Some of them sat in the stands at the U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens, watching Roger Federer sweat through a five-set victory Tuesday night. A few others went to the premier of HBO’s hit show Entourage in midtown Wednesday. “It’s one of my favorite shows,”…
Posted by Steve on 09/03/08 | Comments 0

J.D.‘s “Double Vision” inspires “Hot Blooded” Rockers
From John Halligan at Newyorkrangers.com: During the action, Davidson was the recipient of a hard shot off his goalie mask by a Buffalo player, which shook the tall netminder for a few moments. “To this day, I don’t even know who took the shot, but I had my bell rung…
Posted by Steve on 09/03/08 | Comments 0

Great Moments in The NHL On FOX: Remembering the Jets
Kukla’s Korner ‘Eye on the Media’ writer Steve Lepore is a college student who grew up in the 90’s.  Therefore, he remembers the weirdness that was ‘The NHL On FOX’ but maybe not in the way that some of our older readers though.  Thus begun his fascination with the program,…
Posted by Steve on 08/31/08 | Comments 0

Taking a Short Commercial Break
Hey folks, just letting you all know (All 14 regular readers of “Eye on the Media”) that the blog is off until next Friday.  I have to pretend to care about the first week of classes, so blogging must take a backseat.  Unless something earth-shattering breaks, I won’t be around. …
Posted by Steve on 08/22/08 | Comments 0

Hockey Media Approval Ratings: Michael Russo
Here’s a bio of our next writer, from his own blog: Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and has more to say about it than generally fits into the newspaper. So he’s been handed a platform to share timely information, offer thoughts on the league and feed a…
Posted by Steve on 08/19/08 | Comments 0

The Eye on the Media 2008-09 National TV Guide: Team-by-Team Network TV Schedules
This took a while to do, so please check it out.  This is each team, in alphabetical order, and a listing of their American and Canadian Nationally televised games.  This will change as NBC, NHL Network, and (Possibly) HDNet enter the picture later on, and Hockey Night in Canada and…
Posted by Steve on 08/15/08 | Comments 0

VERSUS “Exclusive Telecast” Game of the Week Schedule
The following are a list of 27 games airing on the Versus network this season that, when they are airing, are the only game available to NHL viewers in the U.S.  No other network may broadcast within a certain window of time while this game is going on.  For any…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada 2008-09 Schedule
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be home to the biggest names, brightest stars and best match-ups, today announcing a 69-game broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 season headlined by 25 all-Canadian match-ups. CBC’s unprecedented 56th season kicks off with a bang on Oct. 4, featuring a week full of…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

2008-09 NHL On TSN Schedule
Right here, at TSN.com: With more coverage of Canadian teams than ever before, TSN today unveiled its 70-game NHL on TSN broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 regular season. For the first time in network history, all regular season games will feature at least one Canadian team and will be available…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

Versus 2008-09 NHL Schedule
Right here at VERSUS.com: Update 2:40 PM ET: From Versus: New York, NY (August 14, 2008)—VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the exclusive cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL), today announced the television schedule for the 2008-09 NHL regular season.  The network will open its fourth…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

NHL Releases National Television Schedule
NEW YORK (August 14, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the national television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN and RDS for the 2008-09 regular season. In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a fourth season as the NHL’s national television partners. In Canada, CBC begins…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

TSN to Launch TSN2 August 29
From William Houston of The Globe & Mail: He said TSN2 will air about two NBA and two NHL games a week. TSN acquired the NBA package that was discontinued by Sportsnet at the end of the 2007-08 season. As well, TSN2 will air replays of big events carried on…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

Looking One More Time at the Possible U.S. TV Schedules
I’ve got it on good word that you’ll be seeing both the American and Canadian television schedules very, very soon.  Of course, things could change, but keep an eye on Eye on the Media in the next couple days.  For now, I’ll give you my final predictions for the two…
Posted by Steve on 08/14/08 | Comments 0

Neil Smith Wants to Fix the Music Industry, Doesn’t Realize 80’s Oiler Teams Can’t Play Drums
There is really no other way to preface this than the title I just gave you.  For Portfolio.com, former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith on what new E.M.I. (As he describes it, quite aptly actually, “the storied [recording] label that has been home to the Beatles and the Rolling…
Posted by Steve on 08/13/08 | Comments 0

Barry Melrose or Neil Diamond?
From Neil Everett at SportsCenter.com: Tough decision of the week: What to do on Thursday night – go to Neil Diamond or go to Barry Melrose’s going-away party in Boston? If the two were touring together, Neil would open for Barry…Melrose is that much of a dude. And if you…
Posted by Steve on 08/11/08 | Comments 0

VERSUS Files: Racing Fans Not Enthused to Join Our VERSUS Family
Every so often, Eye on the Media writer Steve Lepore will post news that concerns the VERSUS network, that channel no one can find, yet 2.1 million did during this year’s Stanley Cup.  Anyway, once in awhile, he’ll post news that doesn’t really have anything to do with hockey, but…
Posted by Steve on 08/10/08 | Comments 0

Live From Beijing… Er… New York… It’s Bill Clement!
From Wayne Fish of PhillyBurbs.com: Don’t bother wondering whether the egg roll Bill Clement is munching on while he’s broadcasting Olympic ping-pong and shooting is the genuine Beijing thing. It isn’t. The only Chinese chow Clement will get to sample is going to come from some take-out joint on 49th…
Posted by Steve on 08/08/08 | Comments 0

No Doubt About This Call
From Cliff Schrader of The Times Herald: Sometimes, legends walk nearly unnoticed among us. On Nov. 10, in Toronto, the National Hockey League will induct St. Clair resident Mike “Doc” Emrick into the writer/broadcaster division of the NHL Hall of Fame. Through the years, Emrick compiled a long list of…
Posted by Steve on 08/08/08 | Comments 0

VERSUS Files: College Football Can’t Even Leave Me Alone on VERSUS
Every so often, Eye on the Media writer Steve Lepore will post news that concerns the VERSUS network, that channel no one can find, yet 2.1 million did during this year’s Stanley Cup.  Anyway, once in awhile, he’ll post news that doesn’t really have anything to do with hockey, but…
Posted by Steve on 08/07/08 | Comments 0

VERSUS Files:  Hey, They Sort’ve Added Another Major League
Every so often, Eye on the Media writer Steve Lepore will post news that concerns the VERSUS network, that channel no one can find, yet 2.1 million did during this year’s Stanley Cup.  Anyway, once in awhile, he’ll post news that doesn’t really have anything to do with hockey, but…
Posted by Steve on 08/07/08 | Comments 0

Hockey Media Approval Ratings: Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison is currently a writer for CBCSports.ca and a panelist on the “Hotstove” segment of Hockey Night in Canada.  He worked at the Toronto Sun throughout the 80’s and 90’s before joining Sportsnet in 2001 as hockey managing editor.  He’s also authored numerous books, and spent two terms as…
Posted by Steve on 08/06/08 | Comments 0

Hockey Media Approval Ratings: Al Strachan
This will likely be an interesting one.  Al Strachan, currently working for FOXSports.com, Sirius and The Score (though we were told he was retiring, like, 2 years ago?) and the always fascinating “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada is next up.  Let us know what you think.
Posted by Steve on 08/04/08 | Comments 0

Versus Getting Jacked
From Broadcasting & Cable: Versus will now use the Jacked SportsTop online application during its NHL contests, as well as for college-football games from the Pac-10, Big 12 and Mountain West conferences and for Mountain West conference basketball games. Jacked and Versus ran a test during the 2008 NHL playoffs.…
Posted by Steve on 08/04/08 | Comments 0

Internet Radio is Quite Awesome
Your intrepid blogger will be appearing on The NHL Arena Program podcast tonight at 11pm.  Check it out, and check out my latest, poorly-written column at the mothership site too.
Posted by Steve on 08/03/08 | Comments 0

Brian Gionta and Others Scrimmage High School Kids
From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: As a fan of professional hockey, Jon Padulo has always admired Greece native and current New Jersey Devils forward Brian Gionta’s stickwork and scoring ability. During the first Sports Consulting Group Pro Hockey Development Camp at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Padulo and 27…
Posted by Steve on 08/02/08 | Comments 0

Hockey Media Approval Ratings: Larry Brooks
So here we are again, and this time, it’s more columnist based work.  Who better to start with than perhaps the NHL’s biggest “must-read” as far as columns go.  Like him, hate him, you know you can’t go a Sunday morning without checking out what Larry Brooks is writing.  He’s…
Posted by Steve on 08/01/08 | Comments 0

One of Steve’s Favorite Bands Plays Steve’s Favorite Sport.  Amazing.
Check out Tom Gabel and James Bowman from Florida punk-rockers Against Me! playing a little impromptu hockey. My favorite line: “That’s not icing!”. Enjoy. Oh, and while your at it, check out Against Me!‘s “New Wave”, and “New Wave B-sides”, available wherever musical things are downloaded.
Posted by Steve on 08/01/08 | Comments 0

Doing the Hockey Night Shuffle
From William Houston of The Globe & Mail: One week after Mike Milbury signed on with Hockey Night in Canada, former NHL coach Marc Crawford was announced yesterday as a game analyst for the show. The two acquisitions will improve the commentary on Hockey Night, but they also raise questions…
Posted by Steve on 07/31/08 | Comments 0

Round 2 of the “Hockey Media Approval Ratings” Starts Tomorrow
People liked this quite a bit (when they could find it) the first time we went around with it, so starting Friday, and continuing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the month of August. This time around, we are leaning more towards writers.  Larry Brooks, Al Strachan, Bruce Garrioch and…
Posted by Steve on 07/31/08 | Comments 0

MacLean and Armstrong on FAN590 Starting August 18
The FAN 590 just announced that, with Raptors play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky leaving his radio show, he’ll be replaced from 2-4pm with the duo of current Raptors broadcaster Jack Armstrong and former Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean. The show begins August 18th.  Be sure to tune in.  It’s a good…
Posted by Steve on 07/31/08 | Comments 0

Marc Crawford Joins Hockey Night in Canada
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA announced today the latest addition to its broadcast roster, Marc Crawford. A Jack Adams award winner (1995) and Stanley Cup Champion coach (1996), Crawford returns to the CBC broadcast booth as an analyst, bringing six years experience as an NHL forward and 13 years experience…
Posted by Steve on 07/31/08 | Comments 0

Up to 2,000 Wannabees
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA Anthem Challenge today hit another huge milestone, surpassing the 2,000 mark for number of contest entries.  To date, Canada’s Hockey Anthem Challenge has received a total of 2,000 submissions – the equivalent of approximately 50 entries per day since the contest launched on June 19,…
Posted by Steve on 07/29/08 | Comments 0

Your New ESPN Hockey Analyst: Matthew Barnaby?
From Sean Leahy at Going Five Hole: If you didn’t catch Matthew Barnaby’s interview on the LCS Hockey Radio show this past Wednesday, you should go check it out. Not only does Barnaby talk about his playing days and his long feud with Lyle Odelein he also drops a little…
Posted by Steve on 07/28/08 | Comments 0

So Long, Sarge, I Guess I Don’t Have to Get That Tattoo Now
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice, who is on fire this week himself: Brylin is in New Jersey for a couple of days to pack up his belongings before heading back to Russia to get ready for the season, which starts much earlier there. He finally revealed what happened…
Posted by Steve on 07/25/08 | Comments 0

How Bout One of Those “Filthy Euros” on Hockey Night?
From William Houston of The Globe & Mail: A question: When will Hockey Night, or, for that matter, TSN, hire a European to be a hockey analyst? Europe’s influence in the NHL is enormous. Five of the seven top NHL awards went to Europeans in June. Eight of the 12…
Posted by Steve on 07/25/08 | Comments 0

LIVE Winter Classic Press Conference
Check out the fun from Wrigley Field, courtesy of NHL Network Online.
Posted by Steve on 07/22/08 | Comments 0

More on Mad Mike
From William Houston of The Globe & Mail: Asked if TSN should be upset over losing Milbury, Najak said: “We gave them something during the summer as well.” He was referring to CTV-TSN grabbing the rights to the Hockey Night theme song after talks between CBC and the song’s writer…
Posted by Steve on 07/21/08 | Comments 0

Winter Classic Press Conf. Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 12 Noon ET (11 AM CT) executives from all parties involved in the Winter Classic, including Gary Bettman, Rocky Wirtz, John McDounough, Jim Devellano and others from the Cubs, Hawks and Wings will be at Wrigley Field to officially champion the 2009 Winter Classic, to be held at…
Posted by Steve on 07/21/08 | Comments 0

More on Mike Milbury
Those of you interested in the domino effect of Mad Mike’s move to “Hockey Night in Canada”, I e-mailed NBC PR’s Brian Walker, who told me that this does NOT mean that Milbury will be leaving NBC, where the former Islander GM has been holding court in the studio road…
Posted by Steve on 07/21/08 | Comments 0

Hey, He Can Write About Real Things, Too!
From Some Guy at The NHL Arena Program: The Carolina Hurricanes announced through the Raleigh News & Observer this week that they will be implementing a money printing system for select games. I’m sorry, my grammar’s awful. I should say, they will be implementing a THIRD JERSEY this season. Sorry,…
Posted by Steve on 07/19/08 | Comments 0

1,200 Wanna-Be Song Writers
CBC Sports announced today that the response to Canada’s Hockey Anthem Challenge has been overwhelming, with a whopping 1,200 entrants in less than one month - as Canadians vie to compose an all-new musical theme for CBC’s flagship sports broadcast CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. “The response from Canadians has…
Posted by Steve on 07/18/08 | Comments 0

Hockey Night in Canada Handicap
Here’s part three of my look at the possible TV schedules, with CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada”.  The possibility that the Toronto Maple Leafs will NOT be appearing every Saturday night makes it all the more challenging.
Posted by Steve on 07/18/08 | Comments 0

Okay, let’s give Versus a Shot
Part two at my look at the possible TV schedules is much more difficult.  By the way, we will be taking a shot at CBC and TSN tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.  Here’s Versus, and remember, it’s only a guess, based on their template from the last three years. …
Posted by Steve on 07/18/08 | Comments 0

Deciphering NBC’s Flex Schedule
Well folks, happy schedule day!  Get everything you hoped for?  That’s great.  Anyway, I promised I would handicap NBC’s schedule (and later Versus, think late tonight) so I’m going to take a shot at it.  It’s been a bit of a challenge, as NBC is required to broadcast 10 games…
Posted by Steve on 07/17/08 | Comments 0

No Worries, Hockey Voices Will Keep You Sane in Beijing
Before the schedule comes out today, I thought I’d let you know when to plan your Olympic-watching schedule if you care to do it based on what typical hockey voices are calling.  But honestly, if you do that, people probably going to think you’re weird.  But not me, because I…
Posted by Steve on 07/17/08 | Comments 0

Home Openers, “At-Large Opponents” Announced
It’s been made pretty clear that the NHL intends to announce it’s 2008-09 schedule tomorrow at Noon E.T.  But for now, they’ve allowed many of it’s team’s to announce their home openers, as well as the three teams from the other conference the scheduling matrix has determined that they will…
Posted by Steve on 07/16/08 | Comments 0

“Hands of Cement” to Analyze Different Type of Shooting
From Michael Hiestand of USA Today: Longtime NHL analyst Bill Clement played badminton growing up and called the sport at the 2004 Games where, says Solomon, he “fell in love with table tennis.” In Beijing, she says, he’ll analyze badminton, table tennis and shooting — “he said, ‘I’ll do anything…
Posted by Steve on 07/16/08 | Comments 0

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