Thursday, September 21, 2006

Strachan to call it a career

Al Strachan's career in sportswriting is almost over. ...

Strachan has been told that his contract at the Toronto Sun will not be renewed. He will be finished on Dec. 31 and says he's planning to retire.

Strachan has been a sportswriter, mostly in hockey, for 33 years. He started at the Montreal Gazette in 1973, joined The Globe and Mail in 1980 and moved to the Sun in 1994. He was also the host of a radio show in Montreal in the 1970s and was a regular on the Hockey Night in Canada Satellite Hot Stove panel until last season, when he was replaced with Pierre LeBrun of The Canadian Press.


At 4:36 p.m., September 21, 2006, Blogger fauxrumors said...

Although some will lament his retiring, we here at FAUXRUMORS do not.

At 4:56 p.m., September 21, 2006, Blogger Puck Engineer said...

Strachan has been good for nothing since all the gossip surrounding Kournikova died down.

Earlier this year, I contemplated starting up a blog entitled "Strachanisms" just to tear into some of the stupid things he writes, but I realized I don't have time for that.

At 6:24 a.m., September 22, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Oh but now where shall hockey fans get made up rumors masquerading as journalism and vitrolic rants about how MLSE's owning a basketball team was the source of all the Leafs' problem. However, shall media survive without that level of intelligent commentary?

At 9:17 p.m., September 22, 2006, Anonymous Dom Benjamin said...

Yeah Al could be a wanker but at least he didn't just rewrite the NHL's press releases like a lot of sportswriters.

At 11:10 p.m., September 23, 2006, Anonymous Dan Perry said...

"Did you ever think of awarding three points for a win?" No Al. It wasn't a great idea. Ever. I respect your past, but not your recent past... I'm looking forward to some new life on After 40 Minutes... and that might go for McLean too...

At 8:15 a.m., February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict the predators will be moving in 2008. With all the free tickets they’re papering the city with, there is no way they’ll reach 14,000 in paid attendance this season.

Balsillie is sitting in Kitchener with a cheque ready for $ 175 million. Even with the $ 18 million exit fee, Leipold will still get $ 157 million. The team is a money-loser even with revenue sharing, and no one will pay anything close to $ 157 million to keep the team in Nashville. He can’t even get local investor to buy 40% of the team.

You can still get blocks of tickets for 10 for tonight’s game against the Sharks, even in the 300’s so it’s not just the corporate community not ponying up. It’s just not a good NHL market. 12,766 in per game paid attendance ? horrible.


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