Have a Lovely Weekend, Here’s Your HNIC Open Thread/Announcers

Pittsburgh vs. Toronto, 7PM, CBC Full Net/NHL Network
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliote Friedman

New Jersey vs. Montreal, 7PM, CBC Quebec
Play by Play:
Bob Cole
Color: Greg Millen and Guy Carbonneau
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Florida vs. Ottawa, 7PM, CBC Ottawa
Play by Play:
Dean Brown
Color: Gary Galley

Calgary vs. Vancouver, 10PM, CBC Full Net
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

Before We Go For The Week…

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NHL Network Featured Schedule For Next Week

Monday, Jan. 11
12:00
NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
6:00 Relive the Magic: 1999 Dallas Stars
7:30 Pioneers: Andy Bathgate
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Tuesday, Jan. 12
12:00 NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
6:00 Relive the Magic: 2000 New Jersey Devils
7:30 Frozen in Time: Year of the Russian
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Wednesday, Jan. 13
12:00 NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
6:00 Top 10 Offensive Performances of the 2002-03 Season
6:30 Frozen in Time: 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes
7:00 LIVE: Vancouver vs. Minnesota
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Friday, Jan. 14
12:00 NHL On the Fly
4:00 NHL Power Play
8:00 NHL On the Fly
10:30 LIVE: Boston vs. San Jose
1:00 NHL On the Fly Final

Friday, Jan. 15
12:00 NHL Live
4:00 NHL Power Play
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Saturday, Jan. 16
5:00 2007 Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup Video
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game
7:00 LIVE: Ottawa vs. Montreal
9:30 HNIC Post-Game
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Sunday, Jan. 17
6:00 HD Classic: Flames-Sharks from 2008 Playoffs, Game 7
8:00 NHL On the Fly

NHL Network Was Real Winner of Winter Classic Coverage Sweepstakes

The media converged on this year’s Winter Classic in Boston like none of the previous outdoor games.  Every network that covered the NHL – with the possible exception of TSN – had a hand in how the event was presented, whether it be through pre-game or actual game coverage.  We have to say, however – and this may be a result of having watched it the most – that the NHL Network did the best job at presenting the whole experience.

Major credit goes to the crew that worked the practice day.  Brian Duff and Bill Clement acted sort of like parade hosts and kept it light and entertaining and fun – a rarity for an NHL studio show of any sort.  They went a little heavy on the idea of it actually becoming a “Classic” and a huge tradition, but they mostly got both the importance and the lightness of the actual ceremonies, which is a tough line to balance when working for the league.

While there was work reporting by both EJ Hradek and Naoko Funayama, catching the players in a very unusual situation and getting them to emote in a way that was just awesome to my eyes and ears, the breakout star of the entire weekend was NECN meteorologist Matt Noyes.  Between his completely accurate weather predictions and his budding romance with Bill Clement, he made for some of the most shockingly entertaining TV of the two days.  I have to say, it tickled me quite a bit to see how happy Hands of Cement was to see that Noyes was joining them for the 2nd day of coverage.

Overall, is there anything else we’d like to see the NHL Network do?  Well, there were some interesting media events the day before (January 30th) that included tours of the ballpark and a Q & A session with Flyers and Bruins greats… why not televise something like that?  Whenever you can air something that’ll fill programming time both during the Winter Classic dates but year round, it’s an easy decision to try and bring it to the airwaves.

I love the NHL Network.  It’s my favorite channel.  I catch an hour of On the Fly a day, and some piece of NHL Live most of the time.  I am clearly a very sick human being, but there are more like me.  We love anything original the NHL Network can give us.  Keep stuff like this coming, as it was a sublime pleasure to just keep the network on for 5 hours in one day and watch it show me beautiful images of a baseball park covered in ice and falling snow.