Why doesn't CBC do Hockey Night in Russia?
Just flipped on my local non for profit local channel in Winnipeg, low and behold, a WHL game from Victoria is on, if they an do that...
It is not like the CBC hasn't televised World Cup Skiing, Bobsledding, etc all the way from European despite the limited interest, so ROI doesn't seem like an excuse, even if it may cost a fortune to fly Don Cherry's ego over there...all joking aside, who ever does the broadcasting duties in English would be fine by me. I would most definitely tune in on Saturday nights to see some NHL stars play their game, regardless of the country the telecast originates.
Have seen highlights here and there, still looks like Datsyuk, Ovie, Backstrom, and co. are working their magic plus rookies, like Yakupov, totally killing it, not too mention other rookies I am not aware of.
Maginitogorsk vs Tractor or Minsk may not be Bruin's Habs or whatever you like but it is still some elite hockey that I am sure most Canadians if not a lot of American's would look forward to watching every Saturday afternoon or evening.
Interesting side note, ex Jet "no name" Tim Stapleton, after little interest was shown in resigning the free agent, is 18th in league pts with 21 in 26 games, only 2 behind Datz, while 30 million $ man Evander Kane, 1 pt in 12 gets cut! I suppose it is not so easy playing in a different continent, culture, lifestyle, w/o family/friends,, without having a lot of maturity, commitment and love for the game!
Hopefully Kane is not too proud to develop his one dimensional game with the AHL Ice Caps along side Burmistrov, Telegin, Postma and others.