The Happy Recap: The Greatest Non-Slap Shot Hockey Movie Ever

“Miracle” is a critically acclaimed 2004 film starring Kurt Russell as the celebrated Team USA hockey coach Herb Brooks, leading up to and during the 1980 Olympic games in Lake Placid, in which the US defeated Russia in the “Miracle on Ice” semi-final game.  Russell’s performance is fantastic, but the movie does come off as a tad formulaic.  My question, for American and Canadian puckheads alike:  What is the Greatest (Non-Slap Shot) Hockey Film Ever Made?  And no, good movies that contain hockey (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) do not count.  Nor do atrocious movies that contain hockey (The Love Guru) count, either.

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Puck the Media’ NHL Tournament of Announcers, Round 2, Match 1, Foster Hewitt Bracket: Pat Foley vs. Mike Emrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started with 32, we are now down to 16.  Hopefully, we can get more fanbases involved in the Round 2 voting.  Unfortunately, round two means we may have a couple of legends facing off at one time, and in this case, it’s certainly true.  We have Chicago Blackhawks play-by-play man Pat Foley and NBC/VERSUS/Devils announcer Mike Emrick.  Voting will last until tomorrow at 5:30, so spread the word and vote.  Enjoy!

In the Sock Drawer: Bridgestone Official, Richards a Captain, Linden on NHL Hour

“In the Sock Drawer”, a tribute to our old SportsFanMagazine.com column,  is a new feature we plan to do on most days, whenever there’s some TV/media news to report that, quite frankly, isn’t worth making a full post about.

  • Mike Richards of the Flyers will be featured on tonight’s episode of “Captains Driven by Bridgestone”.  This will be preceded by an episode of “Voices” starring Columbus radio guy George Matthews.  For a primer on Richards, check out this interview with NHL.com 
  • Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden will appear on Uncle Gary’s Radio Hour on XM/Sirius today.  We hope Linden gives analyst work a shot at some point, he’s been fun and informed in appearances on shows like Pardon the Interruption since his retirement.
  • Speaking of Bridgestone, the NHL and the tire company made their partnership for the Winter Classic official, which we reported on yesterday.  Check out the entire press release after the jump.

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Eh or Nay: Referees Morning Announcements, No More Wired For Sound, Fights in Highlights, WJCs

“Eh or Nay” is our new weekly feature, in which we discuss some interesting issues that pertain to our blog.  Usually, it’ll be with a special guest.  But today, we captain the ship solo.

First on the Docket: This season, in addition to announcing penalty calls, NHL officials have been announcing the results of video reviews to the crowd in the arena and at home via wireless mic.  Is this an improvement, or was the old format of “Ref points to center ice/waives it off” more dramatic/cool?  Or is simply more of “The NHL wants to be the NFL”-type stuff.

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The World Junior Championships: One of 75 Hockey-Related Things that VERSUS Has the Time and Money to Air, Yet Doesn’t (Plus WJC TV Schedule)

This came into my consciousness about a week ago, and I’ve been meaning to do something with it, but didn’t have the opportunity until now.  I’ve always wanted to check out the World Junior Championships, but haven’t for a bunch of reasons.  NHL hockey is on, I’m too uninterested to find a website.  But most importantly because, you know, no American network will go near broadcasting the tournament.  

Here’s last weeks press release from USA Hockey about the NHL Network’s Originally Produced (and some simulcasted) coverage of this year’s tournament.  I have some thoughts on it, after the jump.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Matt McConnellDave Starman and Fred Pletsch will make up the broadcast team for the NHL Network’s coverage of U.S. games in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Ottawa.

 

The NHL Network will televise all U.S. games of the event. In addition, the Network will broadcast all medal-round games and all of Team Canada’s preliminary-round games. The U.S. games will have a production and broadcast team, while all other contests on the NHL Network will utilize a feed from TSN.

 

McConnell, who will handle play-by-play duties, has 12 years of experience as an NHL broadcaster. He is currently the lead play-by-play broadcaster for NCAA hockey on CBS College Sports and also fills in on Atlanta Thrashers broadcasts on SportSouth.

 

Starman, who will serve as the analyst, is currently the lead analyst for CBS College Sports coverage of NCAA hockey. His resume includes previous broadcasting stints covering both the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.

 

Pletsch, who will serve as the rinkside reporter, is in his ninth season as an analyst on the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Game of the Week on Fox Sports Detroit and has also worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN during the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. He is currently the associate commissioner of the CCHA.

 

The first NHL Network broadcast from the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place on Dec. 26 at 3:30 p.m. EST, when Team USA faces Germany. The complete schedule is below.

NOTE: Broadcast coverage of the IIHF World Junior Championship on the NHL Network is only available to viewers in the United States.

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Death of the Doubleheader

Look at that face.  Yipes.  Can you believe that face contained the voice of the NHL inside it.  Anyway, his face (sort of) brings me to the topic I discuss with you this morning.

Last night was a good one for hockey in my household.  The night before was, too.  Why, might you ask?  Well, because of the freak accident that I happen to live in an area with three New York-area teams, we had a doubleheader night.  Tuesday night, it was Devils-Leafs (and the occasional flip to Isles-Caps) and the Rangers-Ducks.  Last night, Devils-Sabres and Rangers-Kings.  All done without the help of illegal web streaming.

Which takes me to one of the (few) reasons I miss ESPN/ESPN2 as the cable home for the National Hockey League.  They used to show a ridiculous amount of doubleheaders.  We just don’t see that anymore in our game on TV.  The doubleheader is a puckhead’s dream.  6 hours of consecutive hockey.  But the lockout tapering off the fan’s apparent appetite for hockey has made the networks pensive towards airing any game west of Denver.

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