Puck the Media’s NHL Tournament Announcers: Final Three Battle Royale


Howie Rose


Mike Emrick


So here… we… go.  Three men enter, the top two will advance to the final.  Vote for your favorite!  24 Hours till the Final!  Enjoy!


Puck the Media’s Favorite Announcer Calls Tonight’s VERSUS Game


Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards

Some say there’s no such thing as coincidence.  That person never ran Puck the Media’s NHL Tournament of Announcers.  Tonight’s VERSUS telecast of Montreal and Boston just happened to be one of two games Jack Edwards is calling for VERSUS this season.  Isn’t that something.  He, Andy Brickley (how’s that for bipartisanship!  Two Bruins announcers!) and Bob Harwood will be live from Causeway St. tonight at 7PM.  Enjoy, and please let us know if he references this silly tournament.  It would just make our day.

NHL Network to Debut Dave Hodge Talk Show



TSN/NHL Network Host Dave Hodge

TSN/NHL Network Host Dave Hodge

This was originally headed for the earlier NHL Network post, but I felt it deserved it’s own.  Many Americans reading this may not know who Dave Hodge is, but be prepared to get to know him.  Here’s a little bit of his bio, via TSN.ca:

Dave Hodge has been a sports journalist for more than four decades and has developed a reputation for asking tough and insightful questions.

Hodge hosts his own 30-minute weekly sports talk show, TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge. Airing Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ET, the no-holds-barred live roundtable sports debate show delves deep into the heart of the world of sports to tackle the week’s most pressing – and controversial – issues. Recently, TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge was nominated for a 2008 Gemini Award in the Best Sports Analysis or Commentary Program, Series or Segment.

A two-time Gemini Award winner, Hodge also provides commentary and analysis for TSN’s extensive NHL coverage.

So now that your caught up, get ready for “The Hodge Stove League”.  It appears to be an interview series wherein Dave Hodge takes on some of the more interesting figures in today’s game.  He certainly starts off well, as the first two weeks of the program feature Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom.  This is one of those things we hope someone will YouTube, because it’s something we’d like to see.  Get working on that equity stake, Verizon!

“The Hodge Stove League” premieres tonight at 7PM on NHL Network, with new episodes airing presumably every Tuesday at 7.

NHL Net to Move Out of the Broom Closet in September

Lots of great hockey info in Sports Business Journal this week.  There’s an inside look at Paul Kelly and Eric Lindros’ inside battle at the NHLPA.  They also have the scoop that the NHLPA is going to extend the CBA two years at the All-Star break in Montreal.

But the one thing that concerns us here at Puck the Media is their story on NHL Network’s growth.  The channel has some pretty big ambitions for the coming 12 months, according to Tripp Mickle and John Ourand:

“Our plans call for us to be in 30 million homes by the start of next season,” said NHL COO John Collins.

Now, league executives will try to increase distribution by convincing cable and satellite providers to move the channel from sports tiers to better distributed digital tiers. To entice the distributors, the network is offering an equity stake in the channel, Collins said.

“Now we’re following up and continuing those discussions,” he said. “That’s what we think is going to lead to the broader distribution.”

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Where Were You on February 23, 1975?

If there’s anyone else still nay-saying the Winter Classic, please read the following from CP via NHL.com:

NEW YORK – The Winter Classic drew the biggest American television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years.

The Detroit Red Wings‘ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day attracted an average of 4.4 million U.S. viewers on NBC, the network said Monday.

That’s the most since a Philadelphia FlyersNew York Rangers game on Feb. 23, 1975, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Thank you, and good day to you, whomever you might be.

The NHL TV Set, Part 1: The NHL On The CW Network

Editor’s Note: This is the first of our four-part series, The NHL TV Set, in which we speculate on alternate scenarios for the National Hockey League on broadcast television, where we believe the league could thrive.  Please keep in mind that these are merely alternate scenarios, not rumors or things that may actually happen.

Chances are, you’re probably laughing already at this first concept.  But chuckle all you want, The NHL on The CW is the proposal – of the four I’m submitting to you, the puckhead – I’m the most confident in, and were I given my choice, would go as far as advising the league to seek out.  

The CW contains a small, cult audience of shows with younger viewers that the league desperately wants to get it’s advertising hands on.  The CW needs to boost it’s profile among the major networks (if you can call it one) and also, conveniently, does not broadcast on Saturday nights.

Think about it… and… there it is!  You know what I’m thinking, it’s that The CW and the NHL partner up for Hockey Night in America.  Seven hours of hockey airing live every Saturday night on The CW.  With little competition from the other networks, and the correct promotional campaign (The CW has ties to CBS and it’s stable of networks) who’s to say the NHL can’t carve out a niche for itself on Saturdays.  Here’s how you do it:

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