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Watching The First Round Of The Stanley up Playoffs

from John Lane of NHL.com,

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs proved historic for ESPN and Turner Sports, with ratings for TNT and TBS the highest since the advent of cable television.

Games covered on ESPN, ESPN2, TNT and TBS averaged 768,000 viewers, a 58 percent increase from last season on NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network.

Turner Sports broke records for individual game and total rounds. The series-deciding game between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins on TBS on May 15 delivered 2.3 million average viewers, making it the most-watched first-round Stanley Cup Playoff game ever on cable. The number was the most for a non-Stanley Cup Final game on cable since Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final, when 2.6 million watched the Washington Capitals defeat the Tampa Lightning 4-0.

Game 7 between the Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs on TNT on May 14 averaged 1.7 million viewers, making it the second-most watched first round game on ever on cable. Female viewership for Stanley Cup Playoff games airing on TNT and TBS also enjoyed substantial increases, going up 83 percent on cable from 2021 and 49 percent from 2019.


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All Don Cherry

from Joe Warmngton o the Toronto Sun,

Grapes on a comeback to Hockey Night in Canada?

While “I do miss Coach’s Corner and going down there on Saturday nights,” it’s unlikely because “the truth is people are afraid of me.” He said with today’s TV, “you have to get along with people, and you say the right thing,” and “I don’t.”

That’s why so many people watched. What Cherry brought has not been replaced. People in sports bars don’t turn up the volume anymore during the first intermission.

Grapes on possibility of he and Ron MacLean patching things up?

Cherry said while he doesn’t harbour any animosity, “I don’t think I could ever forget, though. I don’t think we will ever be friends again.”

more, including the state of the Leafs...

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New Broadcast Networks Growing Women Viewership

from Mollie Cahillane of AdWeek,

In the first year of the NHL’s new TV rights deal with Turner Sports and Disney, the networks are not only seeing total audience gains over former rights holder NBC Sports, but an increasingly young and diverse audience—one that has considerably more women than last season.

As playoffs get under way, Turner Sports is averaging 361,000 viewers across 51 telecasts on TNT, up 26% over now-shuttered NBC Sports Network.

But female viewership for NHL on TNT’s regular season live game coverage has increased 56% vs. 2020-21 NHL regular games on cable. At ESPN, across 18 games, the number of women watching is up 73% versus NBC Sports Network, and 11% on ABC versus NBC.

“We are so blessed to have our partnership with the networks, especially with TNT who is drawing this younger and more female audience, it’s right in line with our objectives as a brand,” Heidi Browning, CMO of the NHL, told Adweek. “ESPN has phenomenal female talent on air, on ice level and in leadership positions.”

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Your Questions Should Be Answered Regarding ESPN And The Playoffs

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Video- Late Evening Line- Rick Jeanneret

You've provided us hours of entertainment RJ.

Enjoy retirement and good health.

Watch below.

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NHL Tonight Will Be Hosted By An All-Women Crew

March 18, 2022 – NHL Network today announced that for the first time ever it will air an all-women edition of NHL Tonight™ – the network’s flagship studio show – this Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Co-hosted by NHL Network’s Jamie Hersch and Jackie Redmond, with 2018 Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield as analyst, the program will feature live look-ins to the night’s games in action, analysis, demonstrations, and highlights. In each of the last four seasons, NHL Network has also aired an all-women edition of NHL Now, NHL Network’s daily 4:00 p.m. ET program.

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Checking In With Harry Neale

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The life and talk of Harry Neale comes with a built-in list of his best one-liners.

Remember this one? Remember that one? He doesn’t remember them all now — he’s turns 85 on Wednesday — “I probably stole a lot of them,” Neale said on the phone, but to those who watch hockey, love hockey, have lived hockey, they have their favourite Harry moments.

The Harry lines that will live forever.

“Last season we couldn’t win at home. This season we can’t win on the road. My failure as a coach is that I can’t think of anywhere else to play.”

That one is still going 40 years old after Neale last coached in the NHL. His life in hockey has been rather remarkable. He played junior on a Memorial Cup championship Marlies team that included Bob Pulford, Bob Baun, and Bob Nevin, and Carl Brewer.

“My dream was to play in the NHL,” said Neale, who coached seven seasons in the NHL and seven seasons before that in the WHA and went on to become a Hall of Fame broadcaster, working Hockey Night In Canada among other shows.


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A.J. Mleczko’s Broadcasting Career

from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe,

It’s apparent why Mleczko is in such demand as a broadcaster. She analyzes women’s and men’s hockey with equal knowledge and the kind of insight that comes from preparation and experience. She’s versatile, an adept and incisive analyst, whether situated in the booth or at ice level.

“I like both roles, I really do,” said Mleczko, who was between the benches when the Rangers’ Artemi Panarin threw his glove at the Bruins’ Brad Marchand in November.

“I enjoy the energy, the speed, the sounds, the competitiveness from the players when you’re down between the benches. When you’re up in the booth, you’re a little more detached, but when you’re up top, you can analyze a little better, see how plays develop.”

A gold medalist as a defenseman in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and a silver medalist in Salt Lake City four years later, Mleczko didn’t plan on becoming a broadcaster when her playing career ended.

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It’s Hockey Day In Canada

from Sportsnet,

For 12 years, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has connected hockey with community, building memories and experiences for the communities it has travelled to and empowering hockey’s next generation. The national broadcast on Sportsnet will begin at 12pm EST on January 29, as host Ron MacLean and the Sportsnet team, along with Scotiabank, celebrate the game with a day-long marathon of live NHL coverage.


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Diversity Growing In The Hockey Play-By-Play Field

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Hockey play-by-play broadcasting is about to become a little more diverse.

The Chicago Blackhawks have tapped Jason Ross Jr., a 23-year-old Black Detroit native, to calls select games on WGN Radio 720-AM this season as part of a rotating roster of play-by-play broadcasters and personalities on its radio and NBC Sports Chicago telecasts.

"It means a lot to me because the last three years, even though I'm from Detroit, grew up in Detroit loving the Red Wings, I listened to almost every Blackhawks game over the last few years over WGN because of (play-by-play announcer) John Wiedeman," said Ross, who graduated earlier this year from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. "I would say I learned the craft of radio hockey from John Wiedeman."

Alex Randall said he was drawn to hockey when he first heard Mike Lange call Pittsburgh Penguins games on the radio in 2012.

Now, the 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh junior is poised to become the first Black broadcaster to call a Canadian Hockey League game.


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