Tag: NHL Network

Mike Modano

NHL Network, NHL.com will cover Mike Modano’s retirement press conference today

One could probably claim that Mike Modano’s is part of the reason there is a U.S. version of the NHL Network, so it only makes sense that both NHL.com and NHL Network are going the extra mile to cover his retirement announcement.

Both the league’s official Web site and channel are scheduled to carry his 2 pm ET press conference today. Along with streaming live on NHL.com, the Dallas Stars’ Web site will also stream Modano’s presser. NHL Network also debut a tribute program called “American Icon” at 6 pm ET on Saturday.

PHT will keep an eye on the press conference today and we’ll also provide some thoughts on “American Icon” if it’s interesting enough on Saturday. It’s great to see the league give Modano’s retirement the treatment and attention it deserves.

NHL Network will carry ‘That’s Hockey’ during this year’s research and development camp

2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp
1 Comment

For the second straight summer, new rules and budding prospects will be tested at the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp. That intriguing – and maybe even fruitful – process is scheduled this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. You can be sure that Pro Hockey Talk will be on top of the notable developments just like last year, whether the testing involves small tweaks or out-there concepts that have very little chance of ever seeing the light of day.

In fact, we’ve already covered some of the bases. Check out these articles for a quick refresher on the August 17 and 18th camps.

So, again, PHT should be all over the R & D camp. That being said, if you want even more coverage, the US version of the NHL Network will air TSN’s “That’s Hockey” on Wednesday and Thursday. Gino Reda hosts the show, which features a panel of experts, analysis and some interviews. The hourly program will air at 7 pm ET on Wednesday and Thursday.

The NHL Network’s offseason programming: What’s your solution?


It’s no secret that the NHL Network’s offseason programming is weak at best. Aside from about an hour of various reruns each weekday afternoon, the network is stocked with wall-to-wall rebroadcasts of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. For diehard Boston Bruins fans, there are probably about 23 games that will be interesting. But for the rest of NHL fans that saw their favorite team make the playoffs, the rebroadcasts just re-open wounds that have only started to heal. And the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs at all? Chances are those markets are clamoring for replays of their rivals vying for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Bottom line: the rebroadcasts are stale.

Jeremy K. Gover wrote an excellent article outlining a few suggestions for the NHL Network and their executives to help breathe life into TV schedule. For anyone who is even remotely interested, it’s definitely worthwhile to read Gover’s article in its entirety; he has more than a few ideas and strategies towards implementing the vision. One idea he has is to have something like a “Director’s Cut” you may see on a DVD or Blu-Ray for the rebroadcasts aired in the offseason. It’s a great way to help liven up any replays the network chooses to run:

“Take Game 5 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal between the Blackhawks and Nashville Predators for example. Instead of just showing the moment when Martin Erat centers the puck instead of tying it up to preserve the one goal lead in the dying seconds of regulation, why not put a picture-in-picture box with Head Coach Barry Trotz sharing his post-game comments? Heck, why not the post-game comments from Erat himself? Who wouldn’t want to hear what those guys thought just moments after that monumental collapse happened?”

For those who need a reminder, here’s a refresher. Predators fans: watch at your own risk.

Another idea Gover presents is incorporating local reporters, columnists, and bloggers into the mix. Bringing in the locals would help take a look at a lot of the games that we’re already familiar with from a different perspective.

“Bloggers are the wave of the future. And newspapers are struggling. And both are looking for publicity (a/k/a free advertising). Why not bring them together and ask accredited media members from each team to do an on-camera commentary of the games they covered? How amazing would it be to watch the final moments of Game 4 of the Detroit Red Wings sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes while Carl Putnam of the Coyotes blog Five for Howling talks about what it was like being in that arena thinking ‘this could be the last time I watch a hockey game in Arizona?’ Whether you think Glendale deserves a hockey team of not, that’s just great TV right there.”

While all of Gover’s ideas have potential, this is where he strikes gold. Pulling in beat writers and bloggers that follow the team for 82 games every season would bring new life to old games. Assuming there’s positive feedback –let’s face it, more voices and perspectives are good for a network filling 24 hours of programming everyday – this is something that could spill into the regular season. If there’s a story about the Wild, then get Michael Russo’s take from the Star Tribune in Minnesota. If the Ducks make news, find out where the team was coming from with an interview with Eric Stephens from the OC Register. Mix in bloggers who have their finger on the collective pulse of their team’s fanbase. It would help give fans a more complete picture of any story making news throughout the season.

What do the readers think? Do you have ideas how the NHL Network could improve their offseason programming? Fans all over North America surely have ideas—we’d love to hear what you have in the comments.

Here’s your schedule for 2011 Hockey Day in Canada


While NBC will have you covered for Hockey Day in America on Sunday, February 20th, today marks one of the best days on the puck calendar: Hockey Day in Canada.

The best part is that you don’t have to be a Canadian to enjoy it.

If you live in Canada/have access to the CBC: the festivities begin at noon ET. The network will cover a full of day’s worth of features, as well as three games between all six of the Canadian teams.

Game 1: Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers (begins around 2:00pm ET).

Game 2: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens (begins around 7:00pm ET).

Game 3: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (begins around 10:00pm ET).

If you’re in America/have access to the U.S. version of NHL Network and Center Ice and/or Game Center Live: NHL.com provides a helpful roadmap to how to follow the full day of action, including features and vignettes.

NHL.com also provides a summary of the features, which you can watch on those aforementioned channel(s). Along with Sidney Crosby donating 87 sets of hockey equipment to children in Nova Scotia with the NHL Players Association’s Goals and Dreams Fund, here are some of the events taking place.

From Quebec City, CBC will have coverage of the 52nd Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament, which features 2,300 players from 16 countries competing for the title of “World Champion of Pee Wee Hockey.”

In Oakville, Ont., CBC will cover the Scotiabank Girls Hockeyfest, where 300 girls from the Oakville Hornets Girls Hockey Association get put through their paces by Canadian Olympic hockey gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme.

CBC will follow the Scotiabank Prairie Pond Hockey Challenge from Wascana Lake in Regina, Sask. Eighty teams will compete in Saskatchewan’s largest pond hockey tournament.

And in Victoria, B.C., CBC will show highlights from Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! street hockey tournament, as 60 teams compete for the right to hoist the Redwood Cup.

It sounds like a great time. Hopefully you can follow along, wherever you’re located.

Gretzky 30 for 30 documentary ‘King’s Ransom’ will kick off NHL Network’s Film Week


Fans of hockey and movies should be in for a treat next week, as NHL Network will kick off its Film Week on Monday with the fantastic Peter Berg documentary “King’s Ransom.”

The documentary goes in depth to follow all sides of the historic Wayne Gretzky trade, from the player himself to the suits in charge and the explosively angry Edmonton Oilers fans. It originally aired as part of ESPN’s outstanding 30 for 30 documentary series.

Other documentaries includes “The Battle of Comm Ave” on Tuesday, a 2010 Frozen Four Film on Wednesday, the enjoyable “Pond Hockey” documentary on Thursday and then “Hockey’s Greatest Era” on Friday. It should be a great time.