Peter Puck (Series)
Posted: November 29, 2003
A Pucking Great Cartoon!
The series was created for NBC's National Hockey League broadcasts in the 1970's. They also became a regular intermission feature on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Hockey Night In Canada". The cartoons were the most popular intermission feature of any sports telecast at the time and Peter Puck being the most recognizable member of this particular broadcast team. I believe Tim Ryan did the play-by-play, Terrible Ted Lindsay did color commentary and Brian MacFarlane was intermission host.
Hockey's "big league" had expanded to six new U.S. centers in 1967 and three more by 1972. Places like Oakland, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia were prime to catch on to the "World's Coolest Game"! Peter Puck made it fun and simple for people in these new markets to understand the intimacies and intricacies of ice hockey.
Peter Puck was written and inspired by the fertile mind of Brian MacFarlane, former "Hockey Night In Canada" (the most popular Canadian television show ever) commentator/broadcaster and author of many books. His inspiration, combined with the expertise of Hanna-Barbera animators, led to a cartoon character who became a hockey icon rivalling even the popular Don Cherry (another well-known "cartoon character?")!
I have seen it written elsewhere on your site that Peter Puck appeared when hockey went "online" back in the seventies. To that reviewer, "online" meant became mainstream in the good ol' U.S.A. This insults any true hockey fan and in particular, any resident of Canada, where hockey has been king since the end of the 19th century. Sadly I must report that hockey did not just "appear" when those south of the 49th parallel chose to notice it.
Typical American arrogance though, to think something has to be held up for their scrutiny first, before it can actually exist. No wonder certain parts of the world community sicken of this attitude. Are you reading this, Mr. President?
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Posted: July 31, 2001
mr. puck , was very instrumental in explaining the rules of ice-hockey when hockey first went on line in the earlt 70's. on-line meaning national tv in the states, Pete was very entertaining and I miss him."
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