The architect of HNIC
Ralph Mellanby has been touring around quite a bit the past month or so in promotion of a new book, Walking With Legends, which recounts his time as the long-time producer of Hockey Night in Canada. I've heard him now on a half dozen shows, and it's always engaging stuff. He's incredibly candid, more so than we generally get nowadays from commentators and critics.
You also get the feeling that you're listening to someone who's seen just about everything in hockey.
Mellanby was on The Hour earlier tonight and had some more tidbits that might be of interest to those who may not have caught the show. His thoughts on Gary Bettman, in particular, are quite damning: "I think he's a disgrace."
I think I'm going to have to get my hands on the book.
Former NHLer Scott Mellanby, Ralph's son, has been carrying on the HNIC tradition this season as an analyst.