Kenny Morrow’s on Bettman’s Show

Ken Morrow, a member of the 1980 U.S. “Miracle on Ice” team, will be Thursday’s guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

Morrow, a stay-at-home defenseman, went from winning the gold medal with Team USA at the Lake Placid Game to earning a Stanley Cup ring with the New York Islanders three months later. He was a key member of the Isles’ dynasty that won four consecutive Cups from 1980-83, and now serves as the team’s director of pro scouting.

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.

NHL Network Plans For Olympic Break

NHL Live! ™, the NHL’s daily radio show—broadcast live on Sirius XM Radio, streamed on NHL.com and simulcast on NHL Network—will have daily programming at its regular time, Monday through Friday from noon – 2 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT), to recap the previous night’s action and preview the day ahead. As well, NHL Live! will hit the airwaves on Sunday, Feb. 21 from noon – 2 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT) to preview the day’s triple-header of rivalry matchups and potential medal-round pairings.

A special extra edition of NHL Live! will be broadcast, simulcast and streamed daily from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET (3 p.m. – 4 p.m. PT) during the Winter Games: NHL ‘Live!’ All Access Vancouver presented by Honda will analyze the early games and set up the prime time contests. Honda is the official vehicle of the National Hockey League.

On the two Thursdays during the Games, the Commissioner’s weekly radio show, NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman, will take over the NHL’s airwaves during its usual 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET (3 p.m. – 4 p.m. PT) slot. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions for the Commissioner, will originate from downtown Vancouver.

Will or Will Not Versus Actually Go All Out On Hockey The Week After the Olympics?

Yesterday, we linked you to VERSUS.com’s “Upcoming Games” for the rest of the NHL season, and it listed the following:

Mar. 1: Detroit at Colorado, 9:00
Mar. 2: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Mar. 2: New Jersey at San Jose, 10:30
Mar. 3: Washington at Buffalo, 7:00
Mar. 4: TBD, 7:00

Now, the site lists the following:

Mar. 1: Detroit at Colorado, 9:00
Mar. 2: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Mar. 8: Dallas at Washington, 7:00
Mar. 9: NY Islanders at Philadelphia, 7:30

Now this is before the Washington game started, so you can’t say that this was an attempt to show games in which the Capitals break the record that were then pulled.  It also doesn’t explain why the New Jersey-San Jose game – that VERSUS showed as being telecast on a Hockey Central video – is gone as well.

Also, there’s this image:

Both Nate Ewell and Kevin Snow, who work in the Washington and Buffalo media relations departments respectively, declined having any knowledge of that game being picked up, so this certainly is fishy.

I hope to get an answer on this… eventually.  Stay tuned.