from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,
Hockey is not thriving in this country.
Wait. What’s the opposite of thriving? Floundering? Flailing? Wallowing in existential despair? That’s what hockey feels like these days. It’s as if our national sport is now on life support, unable to exhale the same passion and interest it once did from coast to coast to coast.
So if changes are coming to Hockey Night in Canada, as the Star’s Dave Feschuk reported Monday in a front-page story, you can’t blame the execs at Rogers for rolling the dice while fighting a blinding urge to guzzle Pepto-Bismol straight from the Stanley Cup....
Even if Rogers plays musical host chairs and swaps out George Stroumboulopoulos for the return of Ron MacLean, which is what sources told Feschuk, this alone won’t mitigate the growing perception that watching hockey is now about as thrilling as attending a spelling bee in a language you don’t understand.