Well this is a step in the right direction:
Along with the Penguins Pre-season television schedule, ROOT SPORTS also announced today the addition of award winning hockey director, John Szpala, as the new Director of Penguins broadcasts on ROOT SPORTS starting this fall. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Szpala, a native of Brantford, Ontario, spent 16 years directing Hockey Night in Canada, as well as directing the Ottawa Senators games on Rogers Sportsnet. Combined with his previous directing experience and his involvement directing both Men’s and Women’s Hockey during the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, Szpala brings an impressive 32 years of directing experience to ROOT SPORTS.
The whole press release is here.
There is, without a doubt, that ROOT Sports has been absolutely horrible in the last few years. Missed faceoffs, and bizarre camera cut outs are just two constant mistakes in a laundry list of issues.
We ran a poll last season, and out of 1700 people, 46% of those people rated the broadcast as a "D":
If this dude worked for HNIC for 16 years we are thinking a lot of these issues will be fixed.
We're actually praying they will, because what we've got the last few years have been embarrassing.