Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Podcast - Brian McFarlane on Peter Puck

Brian McFarlane is best to known hockey fans as a commentator on Hockey Night in Canada for 25 years. He made similar broadcasts on NHL games for the major American networks CBS and NBC and has written more than 50 books on hockey. McFarlane is an expert on hockey history and has compiled several volumes of NHL lore titled “It Happened in Hockey,” as well as a 1999 series detailing the colorful history of the ”Original Six” NHL teams.

Mr. McFarlane is also closely associated with “Peter Puck”. He was in the booth when the cartoon puck appeared on both NBC’S Game of the Week and and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada during the 1970s. After NBC stopped carrying NHL hockey (it’s back at it again decades later), McFarlane purchased the rights to Peter Puck from NBC’s production partner, Hanna-Barbera.

Since that time Brian McFarlane has been a partner with a spokesperson for Peter Puck.

In this Journey into Hockey we speak with Brian McFarlane about his career, that of Peter Puck and their most recent collaboration, Peter Puck’s Big Book of Hockey: Fascinating Facts for Hockey Fans of All Ages (Fenn, 2010).


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