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A Look At Elliotte Friedman

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Ten years ago, Ron MacLean and Elliotte Friedman gathered in a hotel room in Raleigh, N.C., to swap stories about the broadcast business and the NHL all-star game they had covered together that day for CBC.

Over a beer or three, MacLean told Friedman he didn’t know how much longer he was going to stay on as the host of the iconic television program Hockey Night in Canada.

“I told Elliotte I would keep the chair warm for him until he was ready,” MacLean recalls.

Friedman, who had dreamed of such an opportunity earlier in his career, dismissed the idea.

“They’re not looking for someone like me,” he said modestly.

He was self-deprecating then and remains unpresuming today. That is the part of the charm that has won him legions of followers. There is a folksiness – similar to the enduring MacLean – that draws viewers in. The difference between then and now is that he has fine-tuned his approach.

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Be Careful With Your Spoken Words

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Before he left to become president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brian Burke got Sportsnet into some hot water over a comment about the Colorado Avalanche failing to put a “boot on their throat” against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Monday, Sportsnet will run the second of two required acknowledgments that Burke violated the Canadian broadcasters’ code of conduct by promoting violence with his words on Sept. 4.

Between periods in Game 7 of the Avalanche-Stars series in Edmonton, Burke said: “I thought when they went up 3-2 they got complacent. And when a team you’re playing is flat, that’s when you gotta put a boot on their throat and put your full body weight on it. They had a chance to put the game away there. They looked lackadaisical. They looked like, OK, we got a lead. And I sure hated the penalty call that put Dallas back in this game.”

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Hockey Day In Canada Is This Saturday

February 11, 2021 – Ask Canadians about the strengths of our nation and you will get many different answers, but there are two that often stand out: diversity and hockey. This Saturday, Sportsnet celebrates them both with the 21st annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration.

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Video- Welcome To Yellowknife, The Host Of Hockey Day In Canada

via Sportsnet,

Stephen Brunt welcomes you to Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories.

 

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Hockey Day In Canada Is Tomorrow

YELLOWKNIFE - Celebrations for the 20th annual Scotiabank® Hockey Day in Canada (SHDiC)  will kick-off on Wednesday, February 5, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, with three days of community hockey events. The festivities will culminate on Saturday, February 8, with a 12.5-hour broadcast, featuring all seven Canadian NHL® teams. The broadcast starts at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, CBC, and Sportsnet NOW. All matchups will also air on NHL Live.The full Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast schedule can be found here.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is about much more than just the game of hockey – it's about coming together as a community. Scotiabank is committed to supporting every goal, on and off the ice. Scotiabank believes hockey teaches kids values and lessons that they can use outside the arena, and for the rest of their lives. Helping kids succeed on the ice means helping them succeed everywhere. Since 2008, Scotiabank has proudly supported one million kids and counting. Hockey matters to Scotiabank because it matters to Canadians.

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Below, via Sportsnet,

Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid highlight the Aurora Village to see the Northern Lights.

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Video- Ron MacLean On The Past Week

A sincere, troubled and caring man.

Well done Ron MacLean.

via the YouTube page of CityNew Toronto,

 

 

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Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean

 

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Video- Don Cherry In His Own Words

 

My plan is to put this topic to bed, enough and I have tried to present the issue from both sides.

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Morning Line- Lance Hornby On Don Cherry

For the better part of four decades, fans didn’t head for the washroom or the fridge when Ron and Don came on. To this day in the Scotiabank Arena press box, an usher turns up the sound on a big TV with NHL media, management, scouts and caretakers all pausing to see whose feathers Cherry was going to ruffle.

-Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun on Don Cherry and Coach's Corner.  Hornby has much more.

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Don Cherry On His Firing

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

Don Cherry says he has been fired from Hockey Night in Canada by Sportsnet.

And the legendary star of Coach’s Corner says he will not walk back what he said on Saturday.

“I have just learned I’ve been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach’s Corner Nov. 9,” Cherry told me in a phone interview. “No problem.”

Cherry added: “I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.”

And Cherry said his words were not racial or bigoted but patriotic and respectful of our troops.

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