“Not a bad book,’’ said Daly, with no shortage of school pride. “I got a pretty good grade on it. The other kids in class kept saying, ‘Henry The Hockey Player.’ But I’d say, ‘No, it’s pronounced “On-ree,” like Henri Richard.’
“You can see the Peter Puck theme stuck with me, I guess.’’
It’s highly unlikely that Fox’s blazing blue puck and animated robots of the ’90s inspired grammar school projects. In the HDTV world of sports coverage, Peter Puck may be the leather skates and wooden stick of the broadcast industry, but it had its niche. It was simple, effective, memorable fun.
Ken London, for years Channel 38’s producer/director of Bruins telecasts, was thinking of Peter Puck Wednesday night during NBC’s coverage of Game 3, Bruins vs. Penguins.
“Something happened during the game and I expected Eddie O. to give a dumbed-down explanation for the hockey newbies,’’ said London, referring to Ed Olczyk, the NBC color commentator. “But he didn’t, and they rarely do anymore.
“I think NBC finally has identified its audience as hockey fans who have a basic understanding of the rules. We’ve come a long way from the Peter Puck days.”
Peter Puck has left the building, likely never to return. It’s too bad. Today’s big, serious business of sports entertainment could use that kind of smile.