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SBD/Issue 87/Sports Media
People & Personalities: Roenick Eyed As NHL's Answer To Barkley
Published January 19, 2010
|Writer Feels Roenick Could Help Energize
Sport Of Hockey From Broadcast Booth
UNFAIR CRITICISM? The GLOBE & MAIL's Matthew Sekeres reported CBC "HNIC" host Ron MacLean was "criticized" by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after Saturday's Penguins-Canucks game, which was broadcast by the CBC. Vigneault was "objecting to a pre-game segment" with MacLean and NHL Dir of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, during which MacLean, "seated beside Campbell, went through a detailed video analysis of a Dec. 8 cross-check" by Predators C Jerred Smithson on Canucks LW Alex Burrows. MacLean claimed that Burrows had an "embellished reaction" to the hit. Vigneault said of Burrows, "I'm happy he didn't see the Ron MacLean bashing prior to the game. I didn't think that was very fair" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/18). The GLOBE & MAIL's Gary Mason writes MacLean's "10-minute evisceration" of Burrows marks "perhaps the low point of Mr. MacLean's career." The analysis was "one of the most brutal, sustained bits of character assassination ever witnessed on the show" (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19).
PERSONALITIES: NHL Panthers radio announcer Randy Moller "will miss the Panthers' upcoming two-game trip to the New York area as he rests up after having a health scare" following Saturday's Lightning-Panthers game. Hockey HOF broadcaster Jiggs McDonald is "filling in for Moller -- who is expected to return to the booth" for Maple Leafs-Panthers on Saturday (MIAMI HERALD, 1/19)....ESPN/ABC's Marty Reid and Scott Goodyear will "return to the television booth this year to host ABC's five Izod IndyCar Series races." Former IRL driver Eddie Cheever will also serve as an analyst during the Indianapolis 500. The pit reporters for ABC's coverage will be Jerry Punch, Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Rick DeBruhl (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/16).