From the “Hey, Good Idea, VERSUS.com” Files

VERSUS.com want you to ask James van Riemsdyk some questions.  Specifically, they demand that “U Ask”.  Not sure what the difference is.  I don’t understand these complicated technological things.  Anyway, check it out.  I will.  Cause apparently, it’s all about me, baby.

Doug Wilson’s On the NHL Hour Today

NEW YORK (January 28, 2010) – San Jose Sharks executive vice president and general manager Doug Wilson is today’s guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

Wilson’s Sharks, whose 78 points lead the National Hockey League, are pursuing their third straight Pacific Division title and second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy. They will face the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at HP Pavilion in a game that will be carried in HD to a nationwide audience on NHL Network™ U.S. beginning at 10:30 p.m., ET.

Wilson knows the Sharks-Blackhawks rivalry from both sides, as he played 938 games for the Blackhawks before being traded to the Sharks for that team’s inaugural season, 1991. Since 2003, when Wilson was named San Jose’s general manager, the Sharks have appeared in nine Stanley Cup playoff rounds — second only to the Detroit Red Wings (10).

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman now broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the “Best of XM” programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

The show encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-645-6696.

NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman is a production of NHL Radio.

Something I Saw While Watching Hockey Last Night…

I was resigned to the MSG Buffalo feed of the Sabres-Devils game last night.  At the start, I noticed legendary Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret wasn’t calling the game.  Immediately, I had a feeling of “well, what’s the point of watching the Sabres, then?”.  Steve Kouleas of The Score was calling the game with Harry Neale and Rob Ray.

I’ll say this though, Kouleas did a very good job substituting for one of hockey’s most recognizable voices.

Now that I’m watching more Game Center Live and more hockey in general, I’m going to try and post more thoughts from things I noticed during local TV broadcasts around the league.  Perhaps eventually even doing a “Better Know a Broadcast” feature.  We shall see.