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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Opening

Music from Dua Lipa.

via Sportsnet,


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Morning Line- Sean Shapiro On ESPN And TNT

I’ll admit that my expectations have risen in the past couple of weeks. There was a lot of early hubbub about how Turner and ESPN were going to change hockey coverage, and without proof I was worried it would simply be NBC’s coverage packaged into another, albeit more widely available, platform.

But after seeing ESPN make the commitment to a studio show, seeing the Turner media preview, I’m more confident that hockey coverage is headed in a better direction in the United States. The big thing is having two networks pushing each other, I like that TNT wants to beat ESPN and vice versa — I think both hired a rules expert for that reason, and once Wayne Gretzky was courted by both, the runner-up in signing Gretzky went and hired Mark Messier.

-Sean Shapiro of The Athletic.  Read more ($$$) from Shapio and Richard Deitsch on ESPN and TNT.

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Watching TNT

from Warner Media,

TNT’s first-ever NHL regular season telecast – the New York Rangers facing the Washington Capitals (7:40-10:14 p.m. ET) – is the most-watched game to ever air on the second night of nationally televised NHL coverage, among total viewers and all key adult and male demos. That makes it the largest audience for the second night of nationally televised NHL regular season action in the nearly 30 years on record.

The Rangers/Capitals telecast delivered an average of 817,000 total viewers, up 139% vs. the comparable game window in 2020-21 (Buffalo vs. Philadelphia / 342,000 viewers) and an increase of 210% over the primetime game televised on the second night of NHL coverage in 2019-20 (Minnesota vs. Nashville / 238,000 viewers). Rangers/Capitals peaked with an average of 920,000 total viewers from 9-9:15 p.m.

The second game of last night’s NHL on TNT doubleheader between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche (10:14p-12:53a) averaged 522,000 total viewers, up 284% vs. the same telecast window on the second day of NHL coverage in 2020-21 (Arizona vs. Las Vegas). The Blackhawks/Avalanche telecast peaked with an average of 887,000 total viewers from 10:15p-10:30 p.m.


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Watching ESPN

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The NHL Debuts On TNT Tonight

via the NHL PR department,

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and Sports Emmy Award winning broadcaster Charles Barkley will join tonight’s NHL on TNT Face Off Presented by Verizon pre-game show. Barkley, a passionate NHL fan, will help to usher in TNT’s inaugural NHL telecasts alongside “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky and fellow studio analysts Anson Carter, a10-year NHL veteran, Rick Tocchet, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, hockey personality and former AHL & NHL veteran Paul Bissonnette, and host Liam McHugh.

Tonight’s pregame coverage will also be commercial-free, starting at 7 p.m. ET, live from the TNT’s brand-new, state-of-the-art NHL studio in Atlanta.

TNT will drop the puck on its inaugural NHL regular season of live coverage at 7:30 p.m., when the New York Rangers, led by Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and 2021 James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Adam Fox, visit the Washington Capitals and their star-studded lineup highlighted by Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Later at 10 p.m., the 2021 Presidents’ Trophy winners Colorado Avalanche and Mikko Rantanen will host the Chicago Blackhawks, with the anticipated Chicago debut of 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Review Of ESPN’s First Night

from Ken Fang of Awful Announcing,

Hoping to differentiate itself from NBC which held the main NHL contract dating back to 2005, ESPN assigned Sean McDonough to be its main play caller. Ray Ferraro who had been with TSN in Canada was brought in to be his partner.

Their partnership on Tuesday for the Pittsburgh Penguins-Tampa Bay Lightning season opener showed potential. Ferraro offered the analysis that made him one of the NHL’s top color men over the last ten years. McDonough showed some rust in the beginning. His “goal” call instead of the more familiar “Score!” was lacking, and as Tampa Bay fell behind Pittsburgh early, the crowd at Amalie Arena grew silent. Perhaps that affected McDonough as his energy level was low.

McDonough is a very good nuts and bolts announcer, and he can rise to the occasion as evidenced by his college football calls, but on this night, there were times when he was behind the action and was trying to catch up, but as he went further into the game, he was able to get into a rhythm and pace.

Emily Kaplan was the rinkside reporter inside the glass and she did offer some good tidbits...

In the second game, John Buccigross joined former NHL on NBC analysts Brian Boucher and A.J. Mleczko. As Boucher and Mleczko are fresh from working for the Peacock, they had a good chemistry working off one another. Buccigross’s energy level was high throughout the game. His play-by-play has improved through the years as he has called the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 as well as the NCAA Frozen Four. Buccigross is not on the level of Doc Emrick or ESPN’s previous number hockey play-by-play man Gary Thorne, but he doesn’t have to be. He was on top of the action and had a good game to call as Seattle came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie before falling 4-3 to Vegas.


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A New Look For Sportsnet

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The first intermission of “Hockey Night” will feature a “players panel” with MacLean, Kevin Bieksa Kelly Hrudey and Jennifer Botterill. “We’re going to shoot it differently. We’re gonna shoot it in a 360 degree style. It’s going to be very personality driven, very opinion driven,” Corte says.

The second intermission will be a new “32 Thoughts” segment with Elliotte Friedman, joined by Jeff Marek. “It’s been a fantastic brand and a fantastic piece of content for us on a regular basis,” Corte says of Friedman’s brainchild that started as a column, then became a podcast. “We’re all really excited about what that is going to be.”

“Hometown Hockey” moves to Monday night, from Sunday, with MacLean and Tara Slone as hosts....

For technology nerds, it’s more than just green screen. But, yes, green-screen technology will be a part of the show. Imagine taking the host and placing her anywhere in the world, exploring arenas, stadiums or cities like a character in a video game. Or at a desk in a studio that doesn’t exist in reality.

And, yes, ads for sponsors will pop up on screen for viewers at home, though they will be more seamless than clunkier earlier versions of virtual reality.

But what has Sportsnet really excited is “augmented” reality. If “virtual” reality makes it appear a person is somewhere other than the set, “augmented” reality makes something that doesn’t exist necessarily to appear real and on the set, three dimensionally, beside the hosts.


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Video- ESPN Creative Work

from the ESPN Press Room,

As the National Hockey League returns to The Walt Disney Company and ESPN’s collection of television and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms, ESPN will debut a brand-new, cross-platform creative identity for its coverage. The identity combines the authenticity of legends past with the elegance of the modern game in a powerful, fluid identity, rooted in cutting edge design.

“The power of Creative Studio aligning on all parts of the NHL’s return to The Walt Disney Company and ESPN platforms is simply unmatched,” said Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, vice president, ESPN Creative Studio. “We put together a cohesive strategy for all parts of this project – everything from design identity, animation and music to ad integration, edit vignettes and digital storytelling – that come together to evolve the overall viewing experience for fans and our partners across the enterprise.”

When developing this brand-new system, the ESPN Creative Studio team kept several goals in mind, including catering to a younger demographic and leveraging technical innovations (player tracking, AR and real-time stats), while also remaining true to the unwritten language of the game and maintaining a strong respect for the history of hockey.

“NHL is the first project of this size and scope developed within our newly formed ESPN Creative Studio,” said Ben Bieglecki, senior manager, Creative Operations.


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Video- TNT Hockey Studio

added 2:20pm,

TNT promo below.

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Live Content On The NHL Network

Oct. 7, 2021 – NHL Network™ today announced it will feature live content every day during the 2021 – 2022 regular season beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12. 

NHL Network will increase its NHL Network Showcase™ presented by SAP game package this year with a season-long schedule of 25 live weekend afternoon telecasts. The first telecast will feature the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET with E.J. Hradek and Mike Johnson providing the call. Stephen Nelson and Dave Reid will call the second NHL Network Showcase of the season when the Calgary Flames visit the Washington Capitals on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Nelson and Hradek will continue to call games throughout the season alongside a rotating group of NHL Network talent.

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