Tortorella Fined $30,000 For Clearly Sarcastic Accusation of NBC/NHL Collusion

NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2012) — New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella has been fined for comments made following Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”

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Jack Capuano to Guest Star on Season Premiere of No Offense with Charlie Moore on NBCSN, In What Has to Be the Greatest Cross-Promotion Ever

UNIONDALE, NY (January 3, 2012) — NBC Sports Network will debut season two of the original series, Charlie Moore: No Offense, with special guest Jack Capuano, Head Coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders, on January 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The lifestyle/reality show is hosted by the Emmy Award-winning sports fanatic and avid angler, Charlie Moore, as he leaves his home waters and goes on numerous adventures taking viewers on a rip-roaring ride through the water.

This episode of No Offense features the Boston native as he travels to Long Island and Maine with the Islanders bench boss to experience hockey, fishing and dining the Capuano way. Capuano, a Cranston, RI native, takes Moore on adventures through some of his favorite summer-fishing lakes in Maine with stops including Pleasant Lake in Stetson, ME & Silverlake in Bucksport, ME. Moore even hits the ice in the middle of the Islanders summer Prospect Camp with members of the coaching and scouting staffs.

In each episode of No Offense, Charlie allows a special guest, celebrity or non-celebrity, to come into his world and, in return, Charlie will go into their world. As a lifestyle show for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlie totally immerses himself in the local flavors from various cities and towns across America. Last season featured celebrity guests from sports and entertainment, including Boston Red Sox Captain Jason Varitek, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, former New England Patriots offensive lineman Todd Rucci and NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Rickey Medlocke, guitarist for rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, and DMC, of legendary rap group Run DMC, who performs the show open, also made guest appearances.

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NBC Apparently Picks Penguins/Capitals for January 22nd

No Sidney Crosby, no problem it appears for NBC when it comes to banking on the Penguins/Capitals rivalry.

The network, which begins flex scheduling a tad later this season after not one but two games set in stone (the Winter Classic and January 14th’s Blackhawks/Red Wings tilt were decided upon in August) will start said flexing with a January 22nd match-up between Pittsburgh and Washington, according to the network’s listings post. The other option available for the afternoon was a Bruins/Flyers game. Though typically, NBC’s non-flexed games will air in primetime later that day on NBC Sports Network, this will be the one case this season where it doesn’t happen.

The game between the Penguins and Capitals would air Sunday, January 22nd at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Tentative Remaining NHL on NBC Schedule

January 14th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Detroit

January 22th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Washington vs. Pittsburgh

February 12th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Washington vs. NY Rangers OR Philadelphia vs. Detroit

February 19th, Hockey Day in America

12:00 p.m. ET (regional coverage)
Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo
San Jose vs. Detroit
St. Louis vs. Chicago

3:30 p.m. ET
Boston vs. Minnesota

March 4th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Boston vs. NY Rangers OR Philadelphia vs. Washington

March 11th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Boston vs. Pittsburgh OR Los Angeles vs. Chicago

March 18th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia OR Washington vs. Chicago

April 1st, 12:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh OR Boston vs. NY Rangers

April 7th, 12:30 p.m. ET
Buffalo vs. Boston OR Washington vs. NY Rangers OR Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh OR Chicago vs. Detroit

Canada Draws Big Numbers on TSN For US Showdown

Toronto, ON (January 3, 2012) – Canada rings in 2012 with Team Canada on TSN. BBM Canada data confirmed today that an average audience of 2.8 million Canadians watched TSN’s coverage of the Canada-United States game on New Year’s Eve. Overall, close to 7 million Canadians tuned in to watch some, or all, of the game on TSN.

 

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP continues tonight with Canada facing Russia in the highly-anticipated semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. ET. The winner plays in the Gold Medal game on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

On a highly competitive night, TSN’s World Juniors broadcast on New Year’s Eve was the most-watched program overall on Canadian television.

 

In addition to the exciting game, fans also saw Campbell River, BC’s Barry Kazimer, come up short in his attempt to win $1 million during the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout. Kazimer, along with two family members, took home three all-new Chevrolet Volts as part of the promotion.

 

The Canada-United States New Year’s Eve game capped off an overwhelmingly successful preliminary round. Over Team Canada’s four preliminary round games, TSN has averaged 2.4 million viewers.

 

• Dec. 26: Canada vs. Finland – 2.3 million viewers

• Dec. 28: Canada vs. Czech Republic – 2.55 million viewers

• Dec. 29: Canada vs. Denmark – 2.0 million viewers

• Dec. 31: Canada vs. Unites States – 2.8 million viewers

 

All four games ranked as the most-watched program of the day on Canadian television in all key demographics.

 

Online, TSN.ca registered 190,000 live streams of Team Canada games while TSN’s brand-new TSN Check-In app on Facebook – giving fans the ability to “check in” from around the world and show that they are cheering on Team Canada – has now gained more than 34,000 registered users, with fans checking in across Canada and from around the world.

 

TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and Canada’s most-watched specialty network. Delivering more sports coverage in High Definition than any other network in Canada, TSN’s comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, the IIHF World Junior Championship, Season of Champions Curling, Golf’s Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Grand Slam Tennis, EURO 2012 and 2016, the Tour de France, NCAA March Madness tournament and Championship Boxing events. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry-leading sports website TSN.ca. Official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.