Vanbiesbrouck and Versus
One of the stories on the airwaves this afternoon comes from Prime Time Sports host Bob McCown, who is raising a stink over the fact the NHL's broadcast partner, Versus, has hired former NHL goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck as an analyst.
Vanbiesbrouck was last making headlines in the hockey world when he was the head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds of the OHL. In March, 2003, the former netminder left the organization after calling the team's black captain, Trevor Daley, a racial slur. From an article recounting the incident:
"I used the n-word instead of using Trevor," Vanbiesbrouck told the Sault Star after coaching the Hounds to a 5-3 win against the Windsor Spitfires last night. "I used it and I just was not thinking.Daley, now a defenceman with the Dallas Stars, left the junior team after the incident took place, and would go onto play in the AHL and NHL the next season. Vanbiesbrouck hasn't been heard from since, something one NHL executive speculated would happen after the fallout in 2003, saying it was probable the ex-goaltender "won't work in hockey again" because of his use of the slur.
"I don't know where it comes from. I have no answer for that. It was stupid. I plan on resigning (as early as today). It's the only thing to do. I don't want to embarrass anybody any more."
Not true, apparently.
We don't get Versus broadcasts on Canadian airwaves, aside from when TSN picks up their feed, and I haven't yet seen a game involving Vanbiesbrouck. Still, I wonder if there will be any backlash against the rebranded network or if people are willing to move on — as they have with Marty McSorley — a few years after the fact.