Friday, June 22, 2007

Cole and Neale out, Hughson and Millen in!

Back to work today and busy catching-up but had to take time to share this happy news:

Changes to Hockey Night in Canada will come sooner than later, according to insiders, the biggest of which will involve announcer Jim Hughson and analyst Greg Millen taking over as the top play-by-play team.

The return of Bob Cole and Harry Neale appears probable, but in a reduced role. Neale said yesterday he's awaiting final word about his status.

About time, says I. Cole's performance has gotten embarrassing, and his pro-Leaf boosterism has always been nauseating. I've always like Hughson's work, from the Jays on TSN to the Canucks on NW and then SportsNet. Millen is good too. Now just replace Ron MacLean with Elliiot Friedman, and Don Cherry with Kelly Hrudey, and we'll be getting somewhere.

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Mark Dowling said...

Cherry works for the same reason as Howard Stern - those who hate him watch more faithfully than those who love him. That's why HNIC funds the rest of CBC Sports.

Maybe it's because they are on late but I've never found Hughson/Millen an exciting duo. Give Cassie Campbell another shot I say.

¢rÄbG®äŠŠ said...

I would like to think that maybe Cole is wanting to retire sometime soon, but who knows. I'd hate to see him forced out.

I'll always enjoy listening to Harry Neale.

Anonymous said...

I've said it before.

Put Cassie Campbell on ice level and have her provide the analyst there, like what TSN did to Pierre Maguire and Glenn Healy.

kenlister1 said...

i cant stand cole and neale. clueless cliche machines is all they are. nauseating always. hrudey is a twit, but less annoying. any other hockey commentator i enjoy.
that's my vote.
jeff, who would have thought liberals like you and i could bash the cbc eh?

Craig said...

Elliot Friedman is the biggest fraud in sports broadcasting in Canada. That is a terrible idea. Man I hate that guy.