Your Announcers and Open Thread For Sharks-Wild

Honda Drive to the Playoffs, 7:30 PM
Host:
Bill Patrick
Analysts: Keith Jones, Brian Engblom and John Stevens

San Jose vs. Minnesota, 8:00 PM
Play by Play:
Randy Hahn
Color: Billy Jaffe
Reporter: Bob Harwood

Puck the Media’s NHL DVD Combo Trivia Contest!

This will be a tad simpler and related to Puck the Media knowledge, but for a bigger prize.

Warner Home Video and the NHL are releasing two brand new DVD sets today,“Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games”, a 10-DVD set, and “Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games”, a 6-DVD set. I want to give you folks a chance to win a copy of both!

Remember, it’s simple: Send me an e-mail with the correct answers to this trivia question, and these two great DVD sets are yours.  The question is as follows:

Last night, VERSUS/NBC/New Jersey Devils play-by-play man Mike “Doc” Emrick called his 3,000th game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings on VERSUS with Eddie Olczyk.  Tell me the teams that played for Emrick’s 2000th career professional broadcast, and what network the game was on and the analyst he worked with.

Complicated enough?  I hope not (Well, maybe a little…).  Anyway, be the first to e-mail me at SMLepore@comcast.net with the correct answers and the DVD sets are yours.  Do not leave the answer in the comments, it will not be accepted.  Thanks again to Warner Home Video for this.

UPDATE: We have co-winners!  Congrats to Joel Yinger and Eric Hornick!  Hopefully we can do this again sometime soon.

Puck the Media’s Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games Trivia Contest

Heads up Capitals fans, here’s your chance to win a copy of “Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games” 10-DVD set!  Remember, it’s simple: Send me an e-mail with the correct answers to this trivia question, and this great DVD set is yours.  The question is as follows:

One of the games on this DVD set is the June 4, 1998 Game 6 between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals.  Joe Juneau scored the Overtime winner for the Capitals against the Sabres to bring Washington to it’s first Stanley Cup Final.  Tell me at what point (minutes and seconds) of OT Juneau scored, who assisted on the goal, and what Juneau was traded from Washington (to Buffalo) for the next season.

Complicated enough?  I hope not (Well, maybe a little…).  Anyway, be the first to e-mail me at SMLepore@comcast.net with the correct answers and the DVD is yours.  Do not leave the answer in the comments, it will not be accepted.  Thanks again to Warner Home Video for this.

UPDATE: We have a winner!  Congrats to Eric Schmitz!  Thank you for playing, and come back at 5PM for one more contest!

Hockey Night Weekend Audiences

From William Houston:

Hockey Night pre-game, Saturday, CBC, 561,000.

Toronto-Montreal, Saturday, CBC, 2.116 million.

Detroit-Vancouver, Saturday, CBC, 1.273 million.

Puck the Media’s Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games Trivia Contest!

Heads up Blackhawks fans, here’s your chance to win a copy of “Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games” 6-DVD set!  Remember, it’s simple: Send me an e-mail with the correct answers to this trivia question, and this great DVD set is yours.  The question is as follows:

The NHL Entry Draft began in 1963.  Name the first captain in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks to have been drafted by the team, as well as what number round and pick he was drafted (Example: Round 2, Pick 35), the seasons he was captain of the team, and how many goals he scored as a Blackhawk.

Complicated enough?  I hope not (Well, maybe a little…).  Anyway, be the first to e-mail me at SMLepore@comcast.net with the correct answers and the DVD is yours.  Do not leave the answer in the comments, it will not be accepted.  Thanks again to Warner Home Video  for this.

UPDATE: We have a winner!  Congratulations to reader Frank Porcelli.  Come back at 2PM for another great contest.

Announcing a Puck the Media Contest: Win Copies of the NHL’s new Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals DVD!

Warner Home Video and the NHL are releasing two brand new DVD sets today, “Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games”, a 10-DVD set, and “Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games”, a 6-DVD set. I want to give you folks a chance to win a copy of both!

It’s pretty simple.  At 11AM, I will post a challenging question based on Blackhawks history.  There will likely be two or more parts to the question.  The first person to e-mail me at SMLepore@comcast.net with every element of the answer correct (NOTE: I will accept multiple submissions, if you e-mail me, I’ll tell you if you’re right or wrong) will win a free copy of the “Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games” 6-DVD set, courtesy of Warner.

Then, at 2:00 PM, there will be a similarly challenging question regarding the Washington Capitals.  The first person to answer that correctly will receive a free copy of the “Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games” 10-disc set, again, courtesy of Warner.

Finally, at 5:00 PM, there will be a Puck the Media general knowledge question.  It’ll be something pertaining to broadcasting.  The first person to answer that question correctly will receive a copy of both the “Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games” and “Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games” DVD sets in one pop!  A pretty good deal, if you ask me.

Again, a million thanks to Warner Home Video for this great contest.  A press release, originally posted yesterday, about the two new DVD sets is after the jump.

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Mike Emrick Chooses a Doozy of a Game For 3,000th Broadcast

From the Wings website:

DETROIT – Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is synonymous with hockey broadcasting, will reach another milestone on Monday when he calls his 3,000th professional men’s hockey game on Versus when the Red Wings host Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena.

As a Michigander, Emrick couldn’t be happier that his milestone will be in Hockeytown, because about 40 of his friends and relatives, including his veterinarian and his accountant, will get to celebrate the achievement with him in person.

“It just worked out that way,” said Emrick, who lives with his wife, Joyce, in St. Clair, Michigan, which is northeast of Detroit. “I told my wife about 10 days ago, we planned this day last summer. And I thought, it’s going to be give-or-take, it’s going to be around 3,000 when the game is held, but it came right out on and you never would have thought that. It’ll be kind of a special night.

“We have a couple of relatives flying out for it and then everybody else is in the area. It’ll be nice to have 40 of them all in one place.”

The number of pro games that he has broadcast is about the equivalent of some 36 ½ NHL seasons — certainly a milestone that most announcers can only dream of reaching.

But Emrick counts himself lucky that he made it over a thousand, especially after a bout with cancer 19 years ago. Although he said Monday will be more about the world-class players that will be on the ice than his own personal accomplishments, it’s still going to be quite a memorable night for him.

As I’ve stated countless times in the past, thank you Doc.  You’re the reason I want to do this.  How about another 1,000?

Morning Music Breakdown

Good morning.  Today is a big day.  At 10AM, you will learn why.  Also at 11AM, 2PM and 5PM.

Incidentally, there’s stuff on Doc Emrick and some HNIC ratings mixed in as well.  It’s gonna be a good day.