Legendary Bruins Voice Fred Cusick Dies at 90

Sad news today.  One of hockey in America’s classic voices, Fred Cusick, has passed away.

More details from The Bruins Blog.

Bruins fans, what are some of your favorite memories of the man who called Bruins games for more than 40 years?

TSN Adds MacTavish, Understands the Value of Fresh Blood in it’s Commentators, Unlike Certain Other Cable Channels

From TSN itself, the announcement that Craig MacTavish will join the gang as a studio analyst:

TSN welcomes a new recruit to its roster with NHL coach Craig MacTavish joining the NHL ON TSN broadcast team as a guest analyst for the 2009-10 season.

MacTavish will have 25 appearances in studio, making his broadcast debut on Monday, Sept. 21 during the pre-season game featuring Pittsburgh @ Montreal at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2.  MacTavish, a former NHL player and head coach, will also contribute regularly to SPORTSCENTRE and be a part of the studio panel for the network’s two-hour NHL ON TSN SEASON PREVIEW SHOW on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET (encore at 11 p.m. ET on TSN2).

TSN continues to bulk up it’s talent for the 123 games they will be airing on TSN/TSN2.

Not Televising All 82 Games Across 2 Networks Are Teams’ Most Egregious Sin

The Anaheim Ducks have announced their 2009-10 TV schedule.  Now usually, this would elicit nothing more than a bullet-point on the Monday local TV roundup.  However, the Ducks awful TV schedule brings me to a clueless technicality of the NHL team’s TV schedules.

See, the Ducks have 69 games on local TV.  Three will air as part of the LA Kings TV package.  50 will air on FS Prime and FS West.  16 more will be televised on local independent station KDOC out of LA.

So, let us recap.  This is three networks covering one hockey team.  Yet, there are 13 games untelevised.  It would only require PRIME and KDOC another 6-7 games to get the entire schedule on TV in the country’s 2nd largest media market.  We understand the challenges of travel and costs of televising especially a Western Conference team’s games, but four of the untelecasted games are home tilts, and six of them are at least in the Mountain Time Zone, if not the Pacific.

This is similar to what the St. Louis Blues had going on with FS Midwest and the team’s local CW affiliate.  It’s the same as what Minnesota has been doing with FS North and KSTC.  Why teams have two networks willing to televise their games, yet won’t air all 82 is an even larger disservice to that team’s fans.

Your Morning Music Breakdown

Tuesday.  We’ll have some stuff we missed from the time off today, hopefully something new.

All you sniveling indie kids, hold steady.