Kelly Greig is a reporter, host and producer based in Montreal, QC. With over five years experience in media she is comfortable reporting, interviewing and self-producing pieces that range from formal reports to interactive personality pieces. She is now working with Sportsnet and City TV on the weekly sports magazine show Montreal Connected where she is a reporter and associate producer. Formerly she held positions with CBC Montreal, CBC London (UK), Discovery Channel Canada, Canadian Geographic, OpenFile Montreal, The Gazette and CJAD 800 AM. Shot by: Ian Graham Edited by: Samuel Saulnier
The Montreal Stars and the Montreal Canadiens have joined forces to promote women’s hockey in Quebec.
Following a 2014 season where the Montreal Impact finished dead last in the league the team is looking to redeem themselves in their MLS home opener.
Anthony Calvillo is starting over. He’s a rookie all over again on the sidelines as the Montreal Alouettes’ new wide receivers coach.
At this year’s trade deadline Marc Bergevin did more shopping than a teenager with their parent’s credit card. He set a franchise record for number of trades on deadline day. He acquired a defenceman, two centres and also a winger in the days leading up to the deadline.
While I’m not here to dispute his wheeling and dealing skills – there was a need that was not addressed by the GM. The Montreal Canadiens are still a team with a vacancy – and it’s a big one: top line right wing playing alongside Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.
Michel Therrien is the one taking resumes for the job and handing out try-outs. Let’s see how the candidate pool stacks up.
NOTE: (All numbers assuming Desharnais and Pacioretty are two of the three top line mates)
Of course the obvious choice to complete the trio is the guy who’s already got the job. Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher has been the most common combo for the Canadiens this season with Therrien putting the three together just over 20% of the time. Brendan Gallagher brings some grit to the line and will be the guy in the corner digging the pucks out. One of his most valuable assets on the top line is getting in the face of goaltenders thereby tying up a defenceman who will try to move all 5’9″ out of the way.
Since moving up to the top line in mid-February he’s produced five goals and four assists. The only downside is that Gallagher is good no matter where you play him so he could be used on every line. Once Marc Bergevin fixes the bugs in the cloning machine we won’t have to worry about this problem anymore.
When Parenteau arrived in Montreal it was like the prodigal son arrived to fill the spot on the top line. That’s exactly where he started … for the first game. Then he spent a month bouncing around the second and third lines. It wasn’t until the beginning of November that Parenteau found his way back to the top, only to be dropped down again a month later for the Dale Weise experience. In that run as number one he produced a paltry four goals and two assists. He returned to the team against the Sharks yesterday after being sidelined with a concussion on the fourth line with Malhotra and Weise. Considering the number of bottom-6 forwards now entering the lineup, Parenteau will very likely get a promotion, likely to the second line.
While he’s pegged as a likely candidate to get more minutes with Pacioretty and Desharnais, he hasn’t wowed the management with his skill. Compare his time on the top line in November with the elite right-wingers in the league in that stretch- Chicago’sPatrick Kane (9G, 8A), Toronto’s Phil Kessel (7G, 6A) or the Rangers’ Martin St-Louis (6G, 5A). It’s clear Parenteau will need to earn that top-line spot by getting on the score sheet.
Dale Weise came out of the woodwork to surprise everyone on the top line. He’s the duo’s third-most common winger and by far the most controversial. Weise was lambasted for not being able to keep pace and dragging the first line down to the level of the third.
The dark horse here is always Weise, whom Therrien can throw into the mix to keep things fresh.
What Weise has going for him is that the expectations for him were set so low that any production was a pleasant surprise for the team. Indeed, Weise is having a career year with 9G and 15A. Is that reason enough to keep him on the top line? No. What it did do was make the other contenders pick up their game. For Michel Therrien it allows him to use his depth if needed. Since dropping off the first line Weise has played on every single other line.
Devante Smith-Pelly’s strength is just that; strength. He started his tenure here on the top line but was quickly dropped down to the third to play alongside fellow grinderBrandon Prust and speedster Jacob De La Rose. While he’s got a powerful shot and can bring a physical aspect to the top line (someone has to look out for little Davey) he by no means is a finesse player. In his time with the Ducks he only manage to generate 26 assists over four seasons so using him as a set-up man is also a weak excuse to put him with the scorers.
Then there’s the speed issue. The Canadiens are focused on being one of the fastest teams – Therrien knew they were trading away a skater in Jiri Sekac for a grinder in Smith-Pelly. “We went to pick up a player who’s tough to play against, will finish his check and has a good pace to his game, kills penalties. When you get players like that you give up a great skater like Sekac, but both teams filled their needs,” he said just after the trade.
What to expect
The Montreal Canadiens, on the strength of a pair of goals by both Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, left St.Louis with a 5-2 victory over the Blues. Join Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and Coach K as they break the night’s action down.
Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Grieg and Coach K as they look ahead to tonight’s matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues. Jeremy Rutherford from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”.
Jiri Sekac is making a name for himself in Montreal. The 22-year-old rookie is a diamond in the rough for the team.
Nun, devout Christian, power forward.
The Montreal Canadiens lacklustre offence leads to questions about their shot totals and how much they rely on All-Star goaltender Carey Price.
We go behind the locked doors to Sportsnet’s broadcast booth to hear from John Bartlett and Jason York. Special appearance by Taylor Swift.
In a game that show minimal action in the first 40 minutes, Max Pacioretty scored on a stoppable shot with 4:17 left in the third period and Carey Price got his third shutout of the season, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at MSG. Join Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd and Coach K as they break it all down.
Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they preview tonight’s battle between bitter rivals the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Paul Cuthbert of Hockey This Week Radio join us from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca.
Carey Price and Jiri Sekac will be heading to Columbus for All-Star weekend. You might think their teammates on the Canadiens would be heading to more exotic destinations but for most it’s a chance to head home and visit family before the end of the season.
Despite another set of juggled lines from the hat of Coach Michel Therrien, the Montreal Canadiens produced their best 60 minute effort of the season, chasing Jaroslav Halak for the New York Islanders’ goal, and beating them by a score of 6-4. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they revel in the madness.
Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Sportnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they preview tonight’s game versus the Eastern Conference leading New York Islanders. Paul Cuthbert from Hockey This Week Radio join the gang in the second segment from “Behind Enemy Lines” brought to you by Cirqles.ca
January 17, 2015
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As the horn to end the first period sounds a camera assistant flicks a switch and the 10’x10′ studio at the Canadian Tire Centre floods with light. Ties are straightened, microphones adjusted and as the red light turns on so do Sportsnet’s two hosts.On-air John Bartlett and Jason York work seamlessly as the Montreal Canadiensplay-by-play and colour announcers. While they are perfectly in sync on camera, just beyond the lights their styles couldn’t be more different.
In Sportsnet’s makeshift studio five people are nearly stepping on each other’s toes- two hosts, a stats keeper, a cameraman and a camera assistant. Wires are coiled along every wall. The ledge that overlooks the ice in front of the pair is a mess of papers and empty coffee cups strewn about.
In front of York sits one legal sized page with both team’s rosters in black, ages in green, numbers in red with any pertinent facts cramming in along the sides. Every player gets their own square – it looks more like a blueprint or a map of a battle plan rather than a memory aid. According to York the cheat sheet takes about 2 to 3 hours to make for every game and has nearly everything he needs to know on it.
the horn to end the first period sounds a camera assistant flicks a switch and the 10’x10′ studio at the Canadian Tire Centre floods with light. Ties are straightened, microphones adjusted and as the red light turns on so do Sportsnet’s two hosts.
Bartlett’s station tells a different story. Pages are stacked over pages with tiny, near illegible writing scrawled up and down margins. A quick glance beside Lars Eller’s name shows that he has four points in the past eight games and is tied for 2nd in the NHL in game-winning goals. The array of coloured papers include lineups, goal details, period-by-period stats and promotional scripts all scattered into what only a broadcaster with 20 years of experience would see as organized chaos.
Bartlett himself is the ultimate multitasker with the ability to call the game, speak to the producer of the show, answer texts and even schmooze with the boss all while keeping an eye on what’s happening on the ice. While he seems like a human encyclopedia Bartlett says remembering the rosters and stats, “just comes with time and the territory. The more you see a team, like a divisional opponent, the more familiar you are. The prep is a mix of constant ongoing things like watching a lot of other games.”
“You know that video of Elaine dancing on Seinfeld? This is worse.” -Jason York
As the second period gets underway seeing the duo work is like a dance. As Milan Michalek streaks down the wing to set up Erik Karlsson, Bartlett keeps his pace in time with the play. He takes a breath to watch Karlsson snap the puck over Dustin Tokarski’s shoulder before his goal call is nearly drowned out by the roar of the fans. As he quickly scribbles down the names of scorers York watches the tape back. While York is analyzing the Habs defensive breakdown Bartlett taps him on the shoulder to point out that Pacioretty is back on the bench after tending to an injury.
Maintaining energy throughout a three hour broadcast takes creativity and there is literal dancing involved. While waiting to come back on camera from a break John takes the time to show off his moves to the top 40 hits piped into the Canadian Tire Centre. “You know that video of Elaine dancing on Seinfeld?” York said, “this is worse.”
It feels like the pair have been together for longer than they have been. Their first broadcast together was October 9th in Washington. Bartlett was signed on after three years as the voice of the Habs on TSN Radio. “The opportunity presented to me by Sportsnet to do the Habs on TV was one I simply couldn’t refuse. To do Habs games to a national audience, along with the opportunity to be part of the iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand is something very special,” he said. Bartlett will get the chance to realize his 20-year dream Saturday as the Senators face the Hurricanes when he calls his first national Hockey Night game.
York is now on the broadcaster’s side of the microphone after 17 years in the league with five different teams. He started on on the sidelines but says he much prefers the job in the booth. “This is exactly what I wanted to do, I prefer it to interviewing players and being an analyst gets you into too much trouble,” he joked referencing that he still knows many active players in the league.
As the game winds down to an unspectacular 4-1 win by the Senators Bartlett and York manage to keep the energy in the booth going. The two hold their smiles well after they throw the broadcast to a studio in Toronto because as long as the red light is on, so are they.
Canadian rugby star Magali Harvey got a bloody nose at her first practice. Seven years later, she’s an international sensation and tearing up the turf with her speed.
B2Ten may look like a run-down gym but it’s the training ground to some of Canada’s best Olympians.
It was a close game, but a Too Many Men penalty and broken stick in overtime led to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig, Sean “Arnold” Lloyd and Coach K as they break it all down.
Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they preview another Saturday night battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. Michael Pityk of PensLabyrinth.com joins us from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca
UFC fighter Kajan Johnson steps out of the ring and into the kitchen to prove his hands aren’t all about punching.
With unlikely offensive contributions from Emelin and Gilbert, along with a couple of goals from Pacioretty and Desharnais, the Montreal Canadiens took over first place in the Eastern Conference by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd, Kelly Greig from Sportsnet and Coach K as they try to make sense of it all.
January 2, 2015.
Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard, Coach K and special guest Kelly Greig from Sportsnet as they preview tonight’s showdown for first in the Eastern Conference between the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
January 4, 2015.
Montrealers turned out by the hundreds to pay their final respects to Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau. Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig reports.
For Duron Carter sports is a family affair. Especially when you’re trying to follow in your father’s footsteps to NFL greatness. Kelly Greig reports.
Producer: Kelly Greig
Herb breaks down the keys to victory for the Alouettes in the Eastern Final against Hamilton.
Call it a science experiment gone wrong: high school teacher by day, wrestler by night. Kelly Greig has the story of the dual life of The Green Phantom.
After 14 Paralympic gold medals Chantal Petitclerc is headed to Rio 2016 not as an athlete, but as Canada’s Chef de Mission. She sat down with our Kelly Greig.
A legendary boxing coach, Abe Pervin continues to show the young guys the ropes even at the age of 95.
Jonathan Crompton is the latest guy behind center for the Alouettes but he’s not just another quarterback. Kelly Greig explains.
After a disappointing year, Ferrari has made a change at the head position. Can they turn it around for next season? JC Cote has the answer.
The voice of the Tour de France shares some of his greatest stories with Kelly Greig.
The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal attracts top talent from all over the world. Marcel Leblanc, executive Vice-President of the Grand Prix Cycliste ProTour, provides his insight on the Montreal race.
He’s played all over the world and is now in Montreal. Heath Pearce is a journeyman defender and he talks about the uncertain life of a pro athlete.
The future is now for F1 drivers as teenagers who barely have their licenses are getting behind the wheel.
The Montreal Alouettes are struggling and fingers are pointing at head coach Tom Higgins. Kelly Greig has the one-on-one to see how he’s dealing with the pressure.
The Olympic Stadium is hosting a very different sport these days. Check out how a relic of the 1976 Games has become sacred skateboarding ground.
Our Kelly Greig laughs in the face of gravity… at least when she steps into Montreal’s only wind tunnel and learns how to indoor skydive.
Rules aren’t just for school. F1 teams abide by strict rules, so what happens when the two best drivers break them? F1 analyst JC Cote fills in Kelly on the controversy brewing at Mercedes.
John Bowman is the leader in career sacks for the Alouettes but such success wasn’t always assured. Kelly Greig sat down with the defensive to discuss his path to the CFL.
You’ve never seen traffic like this on St-Denis street! Watch as extreme sports take over part of downtown Montreal.
Montreal is buzzing as PK Subban’s arbitration date with the Montreal Canadiens looms. Kelly Greig has all the latest on whether a deal can be done and what kind of contract Subban might be looking for.
Cavalli restaurant on Peel St. was firebombed early this morning. Kelly Greig reports live from the scene with an update from Montreal Police.
A cyclist is in critical condition following a bike accident on the corner of Frontenac and Ontario. Kelly Greig reports live from the scene.
Montreal Police officers are ramping up pressure tactics on City Hall. They are in a dispute over pension re-negotiations. Kelly Greig has more on the very visible signs of anger.
Kelly Greig gets schooled in pool by the man known simply as ‘The Barber’.
The German Grand Prix is this weekend and Team Mercedes is still in a commanding lead. Kelly Greig and F1 analyst JC Cote dissect what it takes to be one of the sport’s elite drivers.
We tee up our Canadian Open coverage with Kelly Greig’s interview with Montrealer Dave Levesque. He’s made the cut and will be making his second appearance in the Open next week.