BREAKING: Pierre McGuire to Leave TSN for VERSUS/NBC Official

Big news. Currently seeking confirmations from the NBC Sports Group camp, and hoping to find a way to reach McGuire myself sometime this week. From Pat Hickey via the National Post, straight from McGuire:

The ubiquitous hockey analyst, who has been dividing his time between Canada and the United States since NBC regained the U.S. rights for National Hockey League games in 2006, has decided to concentrate on his duties south of the border.


“It’s a chance to spend more time with my family,” said the 50-year-old McGuire, who has an 11-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son. “I’ll be doing two games a week for Versus or NBC, and spend one night in the Versus studio.”


McGuire, his wife Melanie and the kids will move in August from Montreal to New Canaan, Connecticut, which is a hop, step and a jump from the Versus studios in Stamford, Conn.


McGuire said he will continue to appear on TSN’s network of radio stations across Canada.


McGuire is referring to the fact NBC recently renewed its contract to cover the Olympic Games.


“I’ll get a chance to work on the next three Summer Games and two Winter Games,” McGuire said.




NHL Net to Also Televise Hockey Hall of Fame Announcement (That Pat Burns Had Better Be In)

NEW YORK (June 27, 2011) – After wrapping up a successful 2010-11 NHL

campaign, the NHL Network™ team is continuing its live programming momentum

with special coverage of the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee announcement



On Tuesday, June 28, NHL Network U.S. will air TSN’s coverage of the

2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee announcement at 3:00 p.m. ET. Bill Hay,

HHOF CEO and Chairman of the Board, and Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn,

Co-Chairs of the HHOF Selection Committee, will make the live announcement.


NHL Network’s daily signature show NHL Live™ will begin their

broadcast to both U.S. and Canadian audiences immediately following the

announcement at 3:30 p.m. ET with hosts Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek. NHL Live

will cover the announcement with interviews from hockey personalities,

historical features and fan reaction.


With a bevy of players and builders eligible this year, OTF’s Brian

Duff and colleague Brad May will have plenty to talk about on a special

edition of NHL On The Fly at 6:00 p.m. ET. They will review the selections

and provide viewers with the career highlights and off-ice contributions

each made to deserve the prestigious recognition onto one of hockey’s most

exclusive clubs.


Those selected on Tuesday will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of

Fame in a ceremony held in November in Toronto.


NHL Network Schedule for Tuesday, June 28 (all times ET)

2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement (U.S. only) 3:00 p.m.

NHL Live 3:30 p.m.

NHL On The Fly 6:00 p.m.

2011 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement (encore – U.S. only)

8:00 p.m.


NHL Network to Air TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy on Friday

Here’s the network’s schedule for July 1, which will include the last NHL Live until the end of summer:

12:00 p.m. Free Agent Frenzy
5:00 p.m. NHL Live
6:00 p.m. NHL On the Fly