Archive for March, 2014
ICYMI, amidst all the twitter buzz, here’s what happened last night on Coach’s Corner.
NBC Sports Group’s “Push for the Playoffs”: 22 Games in 15 Days to Conclude 2013-14 NHL Regular Season
Starting with this Sunday’s Bruins-Flyers game, the NBC Sports Group will once again present the Push for the Playoffs: 22 games in the span of 15 days to conclude the NHL regular season. All of the games will feature teams that are in playoff contention. Most of these games will either be an originally-produced national broadcast or a simulcast from a feed of a NBC Sports regional network (Comcast SportsNet). Here’s what you’ll see on either NBC or NBCSN over the next two weeks (all games ET):
Sunday, March 30
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Monday, March 31
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m., NBCSN
Tuesday, April 1
Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, April 2
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN
Thursday, April 3
Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN
Friday, April 4
Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday, April 6
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Tuesday, April 8
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, April 9
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8 p.m., NBCSN
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN
Thursday, April 10
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Friday, April 11
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals, 7 p.m., NBCSN
Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN
Saturday, April 12
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 p.m., NBC
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Sunday, April 13
St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red Wings, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Dallas Stars vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m., NBCSN
Nearly a year ago, I published my 100th post: the Coach’s Corner segment from Hockey Night in Canada that originally aired March 23, 2013. This is my 200th post on PHC, and it is the Coach’s Corner segment from Hockey Night in Canada that originally aired last night. As you can tell, It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and Grapes is decked in green.
Author’s note: This post is dedicated to Saginaw Spirit center Terry Trafford, whose body was found in his truck Wednesday after being declared missing for 8 days. He was apparently kicked off the team after being caught for smoking pot, and committed suicide by self-inflicted asphyxiation. He was only 20 years old.
“Welcome to the show, I’m your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos.”
Rogers Communications, the new exclusive Canadian broadcast rights holder for the NHL, announced today that six-time Gemini Award-winning TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos will become the new host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada next season. For the last 10 years, Strombo was the host of the popular talk series George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight which began in 2005 as The Hour. Before hosting The Hour, Strombo splashed onto the scene as a personality on MuchMusic. In a way, his career comes full circle, beginning his career as a sports reporter at CJCL (Sportsnet 590 The Fan). Along with hosting Hockey Night in Canada, Strombo will host Sunday Night Hometown Hockey on City. Stroumboulopoulos is the cornerstone of Rogers’ NHL ‘dream team’, which includes mainstays Ron MacLean and Don Cherry (yes, Coach’s Corner will still be a part of Hockey Night in Canada). MacLean’s new duties will include hosting Hockey Day in Canada and be the on-site host of Hometown Hockey Community Celebration (think Kraft Hockeyville every Sunday). Sportsnet’s Daren Millard will now be the host of Wednesday Night Hockey, and Sportsnet’s chief NHL insider Jeff Marek will host Thursday Night Hockey on Sportsnet 360. Millard will still continue to host Sportsnet’s Hockey Central and Molson Canadian Maple Leafs Hockey on Sportsnet Ontario, and Marek will helm Sportsnet’s CHL Friday Night Hockey and Sportsnet’s coverage of the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
As an American, this dream team is very similar to the way CBS Sports and Turner Sports combine to produce NCAA March Madness (the umbrella title of television coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament). Both CBS and Turner pool their resources for the tournament with TNT’s NBA broadcast teams joining with those from CBS. Maybe Sportsnet and CBC will pool their resources for their NHL coverage when it comes to creating their announcing teams and studio analysts.
What do Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have in common with Hull & Oates?
In case you missed the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic Sunday, here’s what happened on Coach’s Corner from BC Place.