Mic'd up videos reveal very little about what actually gets said on ice: study

The Elbow staff

The Hockey Faculty at the University of British Columbia.  Source.

The Hockey Faculty at the University of British Columbia.  Source.

VANCOUVER, BC – Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that videos of players wearing microphones during play provide little to no entertainment value for fans.

The study suggested that despite fans being promised a sneak peak into what happens on the ice, what they really get is something completely different.

"We studied the audio of hundreds of these "inside look" videos, and all we picked up was a mix of grunting and swearing," Dr. Allen MacDonald said.

"And when players did swear, it was bleeped out, so all fans really got to hear was grunting and radio silence. None of the good stuff."

"Watching these videos is a really fascinating study in human interaction and behaviour, but has barely any entertainment value to anyone remotely interested in the game."

The findings concluded that fans would enjoy mic'd up videos just as much if they were to record themselves running on a treadmill and playing the audio over random hockey highlights.

A number of fans agree with the findings.

"All you usually hear is just a bunch of inaudible grunting," Ross Greenwater of Burnaby, BC said. "If I wanted to hear that, I would've flicked over to the nature channel or C-SPAN."

June Moss, of Vancouver, said that her favourite mic'd up video was the one of the Kevin Stevens and Brian Trottier giving it to Brian Bellows

"I want to hear more players being called broads and pussies," she said. 

"Show me what these guys really talk about on the ice."