Sens fans call Cole for too many Karlssons

Sens fans call Cole for too many Karlssons

Some Ottawa Senators supporters expressed frustration with Hockey Night in Canada Friday after broadcaster Bob Cole made several obvious errors in his play-by-play of Ottawa’s opening Stanley Cup playoff game against the New York Rangers Thursday.
“While I respect the great broadcasting career that Mr. Cole has enjoyed, it doesn’t change the fact that for nearly the entire broadcast … Erik Karlsson was confused for Sergei Gonchar,” Jon Chung wrote in a letter to CBC after the game, one of many complaints sent to the Citizen or posted on social media.
“It was insulting. The broadcast was so confusing and distracting that I actually had to mute the game after 40 minutes.”
On Twitter, @havey03 tweeted: “#CBC will lose HNIC all together — Bob Cole once good @ PxP — now can’t tell who is on ice & he misses plays #Retirement”
Among several missteps made by Cole during Thursday’s broadcast, the most obvious came toward the end of the first period when Ottawa defensive star Karlsson was handed a roughing penalty. Cole made note of Karlsson being sent off the ice, but then each time Senators blueliner Sergei Gonchar (No. 55) handled the puck in the ensuing minutes, Cole continued to refer to him as Karlsson (No. 65).
Several fans wondered why CBC decided to have Dean Brown, who calls Senators games regularly for radio and TV during the regular season, work the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals series rather than the Ottawa-New York matchup.
“I’d rather have a guy who tilts toward the Senators over a guy who can’t get the players’ names right,” Alexis Donohue of Cornwall wrote in an email to the Citizen.
“Dean Brown is to an Ottawa broadcast was Bob Cole was to a Toronto broadcast,” wrote another fan. “Please recognize this and allow our broadcaster to give our team the call we deserve.”
Chuck Thompson, CBC’s head of media relations, said the decision to use Cole for one of the two first-round series involving Canadian teams was a no-brainer.
“Jim Hughson (doing the Vancouver-L.A. series) and Bob Cole are our two lead play-by-play announcers,” Thompson said. “As you would expect the have been assigned to call two marquee series in the first round.”
Of course, many stalwart Senators have long believed Cole holds a bias against Ottawa in favour of the Toronto Maple Leafs, an accusation Cole has always said is untrue.
“I get excited when a team makes a great play and the crowd helps me,” Cole told the Citizen a few years ago in response to criticism from Ottawa fans.
“I remember Stevie Thomas scoring a goal, I think it was in overtime, and it was terribly exciting. I can’t see how I should have said it any way other than I did. I would have said it the same way if Ottawa scored. It was exciting, and I was excited.”

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