Puck the Media’s NHL Tournament of Announcers: Round 1, Game 1, Foster Hewitt Bracket, Steve Goldstein vs. Mike Emrick

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Welcome to the big show, ladies and gentlemen.  We have our first matchup.  Florida Panthers play-by-play man Steve Goldstein has a hefty task at and, upsetting the #1 American TV NHL Play-by-play guy and Devils caller Mike Emrick.  You know how we feel about Doc, but vote with your own heads, folks.  Polling closes at 6:30 PM tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Welcome to the NHL Tournament of Announcers

Trippy photo, eh?  Welcome to what I hope is a new feature that will become a wild success here at Puck the Media.  This is The NHL Tournament of Announcers.  What is it, exactly?  Basically, I take 1 NHL play-by-play guy, and put him against another, you – the reader – vote on who you like better, winner moves on until we have a champion.  

How have we worked this out, exactly?  Well, based on public and personal opinion, as well as merit (Whether or not the guy works for a national network), we’ve seeded the announcers and put them into four brackets.  The first poll is at 6:30 PM tonight, so please check out, and vote and often!  The seeds and matchups are post-jump

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Fire the Promotions Dep’t: The Kings May Be Missing the Point of “Russian Heritage” Night

“Fire the Promotions Dep’t” is a new semi-regular feature (Isn’t everything we do here semi-regular?) where we spotlight promo nights in the NHL, AHL, and anywhere else we can find a – while semi-cool in theory – lame stunt used to get people who aren’t interested in hockey to come see it.

We really like to start off all our “meaner” posts by saying something nice about it’s subject.  We’re really nice, sensitive guys.  But when it comes to the LA Kings, what good can you really say?  The team has missed the playoffs almost as long as the Minnesota Wild have existed.  They’ve only made one Stanley Cup Final in their more than 40 years in the league.  They’ve won only one division title in their history.  What good can you say about the Kings?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

Actually, I take that back.  Their bloggers are nice, and they have Bob Miller as a play-by-play man.  I like Bob Miller a lot.  He’s great in the Mighty Ducks movies.  But as far as on the ice?  Not much good you can say about the Kings.  Now it’s gotten to the point where, with the economy in the state it is, and the team in a constant state of arrested development, they have to offer some pretty odd deals.  Which brings us to their “Russian Heritage Night”, being celebrated November 20th when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps visit.  The photo wouldn’t fit in our space, but check the photo out here, and the details after the jump, if you’re lazy.

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