Hockeyville game brings NHL back to roots

From NY Times.com

The NHL’s annual Hockeyville game goes tonight, in which a small
Canadian town hosts a big league preseason game and gets rewarded by the
sponsor Kraft with $100,000 to improve its tiny barn and hockey
programs. The N.H.L. supplies the teams, the NHL Players’ Association
donates equipment to the town’s youth hockey program and both
contribute to local charities.

It’s a great annual event and in the sometimes cold world of pro
sports, shows a side of the NHL that keeps the league in touch with
its roots.

This year’s game is in Dundas,
Ontario
, a charming valley hamlet at the western tip of Lake
Ontario just northwest of Hamilton, where the Senators will play the
Sabres.

Dundas is technically part of the City of Hamilton, but the 24,700
residents think of themselves as an independent entity. The J.L.
Grightmire Arena, where the game will be played turns 60 in December and had been threatened with closure. It’s now
spiffed up for the occasion and residents are moving forward to make
improvements and keep the rink standing.

Dundas clearly loves this arena
and on
this blog
, hundreds of people have shared their memories through the
decades of skating there.

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136 Comments

  1. andrewberkshire says:

    I get what you mean.

  2. oshawahabsfan says:

    I like it, brings the viewer closer to the action than the usual angles. It’s like watching junior games on TV

  3. Favorite Son says:

    Good point, but what I meant is TSN is headquartered in Toronto. So you could see why they would favour the Leafs (even if they’re not really supposed to).

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    YouTube would crash if that happened for people clicking the replay button.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  5. Propwash says:

    Yep, definately brings a neat aspect to the game. Can hear every player yelling, every stick slap, although it would be nice to see McGuire eat a deflected slapper.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely love the sound though. Can barely hear Mcguire, all I can hear is skates and sticks. Absolutely love it.

  7. Propwash says:

    Odd camera angles. Guess there is no choice due to the size of the arena

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Difference being that RDS coverage is specifically tailored to Habs coverage. TSN is a national network that covers all Canadian teams equally, supposedly.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    RDS pitches itself as what it is though, a network for French Canada that is more or less going to focus on the only game in town for it’s viewers, Les Habitants. Problem with RDS is can’t even run a good bias towards the Habs, they employ a bunch of tired old men always complaining about the lack of Quebecois on the team and that’s what is holding the team back from glory.

    TSN is supposed to be a national broadcaster for all of English Canada in sports and there are 6 hockey teams but the Leafs always seem to get 75% of the coverage and favourable smoke blown up Leaf’s nation rear end.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  10. Favorite Son says:

    I love how everybody hates TSN because of their bias towards the Leafs when RDS has just as much bias with the Habs. It’s human nature, folks.

  11. oshawahabsfan says:

    Well Versteeg did say in the intreview he wouldn’t want anyone to see his iq haha

  12. Keith says:

    Is it any wonder why everybody (except laff fans of course) hates the laffs? What does TSN do for the first topic of Sportcenter? Talk about the laffs. God how I HATE that team with a passion.

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    Versteeg and Bozak don’t seem bad, but Phil Kessel kills listener’s IQ points every second his mouth is open. Whenever he talks about how much he love hackey I feel like strangling him.

  14. oshawahabsfan says:

    How did TSN get this game, is this not an initiative of Kraft and CBC?


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