Posts tagged Hockey Media

Sign supporting P.K. Subban showcases disconnect between NBC, NHL, fans

Leave it to the uber creative fans in Nashville and a pregame sign to turn a really stupid comment by a talking head on TV into a way to support their player.

During pregame warmups in Nashville, the Predators fan above held the sign against the glass for Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and the rest of his teammates to see.

The sign is in reference to an asinine comment made on Friday about Subban by NBC hockey “analyst” Mike Milbury.

As many players on any given team are want to do, Subban was shaking his groove thang during warmups. To Milbury, that is inexcusable. He went on to call Subban a ‘clown.’  As the topic continued, both Milbury and panelist Keith Jones agreed Subban’s behavior was ‘a concern’ for the Predators.

To which the collective hockey universe rolled their eyes backwards so hard everyone fell over.

Frankly, outside of washed up crusty old NHL’ers who haven’t played in twenty years, Subban’s personality is refreshing. As that sign shows, Predators fans have embraced Subban and welcome his non-cookie cutter mold.

Milbury’s comments was met with anger from fans, but at the same time, increasing frustration.

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Watch tributes to retiring broadcasting legend Bob Miller (Video)

After 44 years as the ‘voice of the Los Angeles Kings,’ Bob Miller is calling the final two games of his career this weekend.

The Kings play their final home game of the season Saturday, and the organization pulled out all the stops to celebrate Miller.

Out front of Staples Center fans can sign a giant poster for Bob. Inside, the seats are filled with ‘Thank You Bob’ rally towels.

The team came out for warmups wearing special No. 44 jerseys with ‘Bob’ on the back. The sweaters are currently being auctioned off with proceeds going to the Kings Care foundation.

It wouldn’t be a true celebration in LA without the appearance of celebrities inside and out of the sport of hockey. Here are the ones posted by the Kings thus far.

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Dave Strader returning to Stars’ booth for upcoming homestand

In June 2016, Dave Strader announced he was temporarily stepping away from by broadcast booth for the Dallas Stars to concentrate on his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the bile duct.

Strader is currently undergoing treatment in upstate New York. He has a gap in his treatment schedule that aligns with the team’s upcoming homestand. The Stars announced Strader will make his season debut on Saturday and call all five home games.

Daryl “Razor” Reaugh moved from color analyst to play-by-play while Strader receives treatment.

No one was entirely sure if we’d see Strader at all this season.

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LA Kings broadcasting legend Bob Miller taken to hospital (UPDATE)

Helene Elliott reported Los Angeles Kings broadcaster (and all around great person) Bob Miller felt unwell as he prepared for broadcast.

After being evaluated by on-site medical staff, Miller was transported to an area hospital out of an abundance of caution for further testing.

Elliott adds, “His medical history factored into the decision to take him to the hospital, said Mike Altieri, the Kings’ senior vice president of communications and broadcasting … Altieri also said Miller was in good spirits as he was transported to the hospital.”

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Claude Julien does not care for ‘shock journalism’

‘Gotcha questions’ are not allowed in Claude Julien’s press scrums.

Even when the question that is about to be asked is expected by almost everyone in the room.

The ‘almost’ in this case appears to be Julien.

His Boston Bruins lost – again. This time they held a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks until 1:26 remained. The passing by the Blackhawks catches the Bruins – I don’t know, sleep walking? – and Marian Hossa buries the game winner.


The hockey world has been on Claude Julien ‘nail in the coffin’ watch for the better part of a decade (at least it feels that way). This loss could be it, for reals this time.

Since Julien emerged to speak with reporters after the game one would assume he had yet to be fired, and that’s correct. Then intrepid beat reporter Joe Haggerty had the audacity to do his job and ask Julien about his job security.

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Broadcast schedule for ESPN coverage of pre-tournament, World Cup games

ESPN got back in the hockey game by purchasing the broadcast right for the World Cup of Hockey this coming September. Much was made about the sports media monolith throwing the full weight of the network behind the coverage.

Based on the viewing schedule for the 12 pre-tournament games, the indication is the full weight of the network will have to wait until the actual tournament starts.

Of the 12 pre-tournament games: one will be broadcasted on ESPN; two on ESPN2; one on ESPNU; and eight on ESPN3. For those not familiar with ESPN3, it is the online streaming wing of the network (i.e. not on regular TV).

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MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host: Report

According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada.

He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago – Ron MacLean.

When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The show went from owned by the CBC to subleased by Rogers to the public television network for at least four seasons.

Rogers felt the need to put their mark on the broadcast. In 2014, Stroumboulopoulos was named the host of the show. MacLean, who had been hosting since 1986, was relegated to Hometown Hockey on Sundays and the Coach’s Corner segment with Don Cherry (where he stares longingly at the darkness he hopes will engulf him.)

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