Hockey Central

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Hockey Central
GenreHockey news
StarringDavid Amber, Caroline Cameron, Jeff Marek, Ron MacLean (Saturday)
Release
Original networkSportsnet
Chronology
Related showsNHL on Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey Central is the brand used for programs and segments covering hockey (particularly the National Hockey League) on the Canadian sports channel Sportsnet. The Hockey Central name encompasses several programs, including segments aired during Sportsnet Central, pre-game reports for Hockey Night in Canada and other NHL telecasts on Sportsnet, CBC, City, and the Sportsnet 590 radio show Hockey Central at Noon.

Overview[edit]

Format[edit]

The typical format of Hockey Central's segments during Sportsnet Central and the Saturday show is a four-person panel of former NHL players, coaches, and GMs alongside hockey reporters and broadcasters. The members of the panel vary from day to day, but are usually from the same small pool of regulars. The show is known for (and often promotes) its sometimes fiery debates between Bill Watters and Nick Kypreos.

In the summer of 2006, host Darren Dreger left Sportsnet to join TSN and in 2018, Daren Millard left the network. Jeff Marek and David Amber are the current hosts of most of the Hockey Central segments appearing on Sportsnet.

As of Rogers' 2014-15 rights deal, Hockey Central Saturday was re-purposed as the pre-game show for Hockey Night in Canada, replacing the former CBC-produced Scotiabank Hockey Tonight.[1][2]

Hockey Central at Noon[edit]

Hockey Central at Noon is hosted by Jeff Marek and features analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean. As with Prime Time Sports, it is broadcast by CJCL at Noon eastern time on weekdays as a television simulcast on Sportsnet. The program was originally hosted by Daren Millard. Between August 2010 and March 2011, it was hosted by Greg Brady, who worked the noon to 3pm shift. In March 2011, Brady was reassigned to the morning show and Millard returned as host. Jeff Marek replaced Daren Millard as host in 2018.[3]

When Brady was unable to host Hockey Central at Noon, Doug Farraway served as fill-in host. During the summer (from mid-June until September) during Millard's first hosting stint, Farraway took over the hosting duties from him, with Howard Berger serving as fill-in for Farraway.

Hockey Central Alberta[edit]

Hockey Central Alberta is hosted by Kelly Kirch and Will Nault and features analysts Rick Ball, Kevin Quinn, Kelly Hrudey, Drew Remenda, Eric Francis, Gene Principe, Louie DeBrusk and Mark Spector. It is broadcast on CFAC in Calgary at noon mountain time on the former time slot of Hockey Central at Noon 960 as a television simulcast on Sportsnet West. Available only to the viewers in the Prairies, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, which are the designated market of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, except in Manitoba, which is the designated market of the Winnipeg Jets.

Canadiens Central[edit]

Canadiens Central was hosted by Kyle Bukauskas and featured the Canadiens TV team of John Bartlett and Jason York. It was broadcast at 1 eastern time on Sportsnet East. It was available only to the viewers in Eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Canada, which is the designated market of the Montreal Canadiens. It was formerly hosted by Chantal Desjardins until she left Sportsnet in 2016. It ended after Sportsnet lost regional rights to Montreal Canadiens games to TSN.

Canucks Central[edit]

Canucks Central is hosted by Dan Murphy and features longtime Canucks TV analyst John Garrett, Sportsnet Vancouver correspondent Irfaan Gaffar, and as of September 4th, 2017, longtime Canucks play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse and Canucks primary radio announcer Brendan Batchelor. It is broadcast at 1 pacific time on Sportsnet Pacific, and since September 4th, 2017, on Sportsnet 650, after Rogers Media acquired exclusive radio rights to Vancouver Canucks games. Available only to the viewers in British Columbia and Yukon, which is the designated market of the Vancouver Canucks.

Leafs Central[edit]

Leafs Central is hosted by David Alter and features longtime Leafs radio team of Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph and Sportsnet's Leafs analyst Greg Millen as analysts. It serves as the competitor show to TSN 1050's Leafs Lunch. As with Prime Time Sports, it is broadcast on Sportsnet 590 at 1 eastern time on weekdays as a television simulcast on Sportsnet Ontario. Available only to the viewers in most of Ontario (except Eastern Ontario), which is the designated market of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playoff Xtra[edit]

Beginning on April 30, 2013, The Score began to carry Hockey Central Playoff Xtra nightly during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The announcement came shortly after the CRTC officially approved Rogers' acquisition of the network.[4][5]

Personalities[edit]

Former personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The "new" 'Hockey Night in Canada': Much of the same, for better or worse". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Rogers unveils plans for NHL broadcasts next season". Toronto Star. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  3. ^ https://www.sportsnet.ca/590/hockey-central-at-noon/
  4. ^ "CRTC clears way for Rogers to buy Score". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  5. ^ "CRTC Gives Final Approval to Rogers' Acquisition of Score Media". Broadcaster Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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