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Sportsnet’s Day 1

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

From beginning to end, it was hailed as the start of the NHL’s new era; the dawning of something bold, something never seen before. Like a high-resolution TV monitor that stands 3.3 metres high and goes 11.5 metres in length.

Call it the Zdeno Chara of TV monitors.

And cameras? Rogers Sportsnet’s first offering of its all-in, all-the-time hockey coverage came with 14 cameras to show all the action in its 11,000-square foot studio. That’s right – its 11,000-square foot studio....

Overall, Sportsnet got to show off its bells and whistles then settle into what was a solid night of broadcasting. It wasn’t all on the mark, but it will get there one day.

As new eras go, the NHL and its Canadian TV partner are one with a shared belief: less is bad; more is good and never go small.


from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

At one point during the Hockey Central broadcast prior to Wednesday night’s Toronto Maple Leafs-Montreal Canadiens season opener, Rogers Sportsnet broadcaster Jeff Marek breathlessly announced that it was the dawning “of a new era in the NHL.”

The dawning of a new era in the NHL because Rogers Sportsnet has a new, long-term deal with the NHL — a bit of a stretch.

But all things considered, Wednesday’s broadcast and Hockey Central presentation was impressive, although it was pretty obvious from the opening that Rogers’ modus operandi was to show off the $5.2 billion they’ve invested on NHL hockey over the next 12 years, with the new studios and funny game boards, etc.


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Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Darren Pang and Darren Millard appeared on a panel together.

I believe that can be considered nothing but, as the kids say, an epic fail.

Why didn’t they add in Kelley Hrudey and Glenn Healy, then just nuke the entire studio?

Posted by Garth on 10/09/14 at 09:10 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Is this a CA only broadcast and/or DirectTV only?  I couldn’t find on cable, and thus had to suck on the bad end of NBCSN Bruins v. Flyers.

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/09/14 at 09:28 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

MoreShoot, Center Ice is free for the first couple of weeks, and it was available there. It was not on any US networks.

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 10/09/14 at 09:39 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The studio was flashy, looked great, and was nice.  On a kind of separate note, I thought the Air Canada Centre had some nice camera angles as well, showing the crowd and going down the length of the ice between plays. 

All in all, I thought it was pretty cool - definitely nicer than the local hockey programming such as the FSNs provide.  Occasionally I enjoy watching other broadcasts to see what their coverage looks like.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/09/14 at 11:01 AM ET

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