Review: NHL Network Asks the Different Questions on “Off the Ice”

One of the great, latent effects of the blogosphere is that bloggers with access are finally asking more interesting questions of the players, and getting some pretty entertaining answers from them at times.  This has sort of dominoed into the mainstream media, which includes both newspaper writers, television reporters and networks trying to think outside the box when it comes to talking with the league’s stars.

This is the angle that NHL Network’s new series “Off the Ice” (Premieres tonight, 7:30 PM ET) is coming from.  It’s a show that will ask some of the obvious questions, but even those are allowed to be explored in more interesting details.  For example, you saw VERSUS’ interview with Sidney Crosby that touched very briefly on Sid the Kid’s rivalry with Alexander Ovechkin.  Blah blah blah.  Boring, as Homer Simpson would say.

However, on “Off the Ice” Sid the Kid is permitted longer than 10 seconds to talk about the rivalry, and actually produces some interesting stuff.  Ditto the always entertaining Ovechkin, who has his own segment for the show.  They even manage to get some good stuff from #1 overall draft pick John Tavares, who has always struck me as the typical, boring, quoteless hockey player.

Though that may be what NHL Network is aiming for here.  A real opportunity to show that, given ample time to tell a player’s story, that we may discover that there’s something worth listening to.  The first episode most certainly shows the groundwork laid and the potential for a worthwhile regular series there.  If you have a chance to catch it in it’s premiere, I’d recommend it.  If not, hey, we’re on the NHL Network.  You’ll see it eventually.  But make sure you see it, above all.

One Response to Review: NHL Network Asks the Different Questions on “Off the Ice”

  1. Chris says:

    Did anyone notice the NHL Network had 2 brand new “Classic Series” last night? Both were from last year, Penguins vs Capitals and Penguins vs Red Wings. Keep it up, it would be nice to see more Classic Series since the lockout ended.

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