NHL Network and NHL.com Unveil Coverage Plans For 2013 Stanley Cup Final

NHL_Network_logo-300x300NHL NETWORK AND NHL.COM UNVEIL COVERAGE PLANS FOR 2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL
Live Broadcast of Media Day, 2013 NHL Awards Special Broadcast
and Guest Analysts Among Highlights

NEW YORK (June 10, 2013) – NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will be front and center throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins, reporting on every angle and providing fans with the most comprehensive coverage of the NHL’s ultimate event.

NHL Network

NHL Network will begin its Stanley Cup Final coverage live from the Western Conference champion’s home on Tuesday, June 11, at 1 p.m., ET, with three hours of exclusive programming from the League’s annual “Media Day” — a gathering of every player, coach and GM participating in the Final. For fans who aren’t able to watch the coverage live, NHL Network will air a recap show at 7 p.m. ET delivering all of the highlights from the day’s event.

On game days, NHL Network will have three hours of live coverage leading up to the game beginning with Cisco NHL Live from 5-6 p.m. ET, followed by NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Pre-Game Show from 6-8 p.m. ET. Once the game is completed, NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Post-Game Show takes to the air to give fans a complete recap of the game including post-game press conferences and analysis goals, saves and plays of the night. Fans are invited to visit the NHL Network set outside of each arena pre- and post-game to watch the show broadcast live.

On non-game days, NHL Network will air Cisco NHL Live from 5-7 p.m. ET on weeknights, and NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Edition each evening from 7-8 p.m. ET.

On Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. ET the day prior to Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, NHL Network™ in the U.S. and Canada will televise a one-hour special announcing the winners of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Jack Adams Award, King Clancy Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, NHL Foundation Player Award and the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. The program will be hosted by NHL Network’s Kathryn Tappen and produced from the NHL Network set on location in Chicago at the Stanley Cup Final. The 2013 NHL Awards special will be followed by NHL Tonight: Stanley Cup Final Edition at 7 p.m. ET.  NHL.com also will stream the show live with running commentary by NHL writers and experts.

Additional Stanley Cup Final programming and re-air information can be found on our online listings page at:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=58058

On-Air Talent

NHL Tonight will be anchored by Kathryn Tappen, Kevin Weekes and Barry Melrose – some of the most recognizable, provocative, entertaining and respected personalities in hockey. The show also will feature a number of special guest analysts including NHL alumnus Darren Pang, who currently also serves on the broadcast team for NBC and the St. Louis Blues and has been a part of over 95 national Stanley Cup Final game’s broadcasts. Rounding out the on-air roster is Doug Weight, who currently serves as the New York Islanders assistant coach and special assistant to the general
manager, and current NHL Network analyst and former NHL player Mike Johnson.

NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek and Steve Mears will co-host Cisco NHL Live on all game days. Joe Micheletti, the long-time New York Rangers analyst on MSG Network will report the Eastern Conference and John Forslund, the current play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes will cover the Western Conference.

NHL .com

Throughout the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final, NHL.com will stream NHL Network original programming in addition to delivering original content created by a team of reporters, writers and videographers. NHL.com will once again feature multiple camera choices for fans watching a live stream of NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Media Day, allowing them to pick from four podiums at any given time to ensure being able to catch interviews with their favorite player or coach.

NHL.com will live stream all pre and post-game NHL Network programming, post-game press conferences in addition to featuring extensive behind-the-scenes coverage of the Championship celebration with the Cup-winning club.

In addition to live streaming the NHL Network’s 2013 NHL Awards special the day before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, NHL.com will continue to provide full coverage of all the 2013 NHL Awards™, including the Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, with live updates of each award, an interactive chat with fans during both television specials, video features and reaction from the winners.

NHL Social™

NHL Social will be on location and behind the scenes at the Stanley Cup Final, delivering real-time updates through the League’s official accounts on multiple social networking websites for fans to follow wherever they are through their preferred social platform. Follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL), Facebook (Facebook.com/NHL and  Facebook.com/StanleyCup), Instagram (instagram.com/NHL), Google+ (google.com/+NHL), Pinterest (pinterest.com/NHL), and Foursquare (foursquare.com/NHL). To join the conversation, fans are encouraged to use the official hashtag #StanleyCup and series hashtag #CHIvsBOS.

NHL Mobile
NHL GameCenter™, the League’s best-in-class global mobile product developed for smart phones and tablets through multiple carriers, will serve as a companion for fans when watching live NHL games, offering the latest news and game highlights throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

The NHL will once again offer Verizon NHL GameCenter Premium™ App users the ability to live stream Stanley Cup Final games on their 4G phone or tablet that air on NBC broadcast channel.

NHL Network Schedule: (all times ET and subject to change)

Tuesday, June 11
1-4 p.m. – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Media
4-7 p.m. – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Media (re-air)
7-8 p.m. – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Media Day Recap (will re-air throughout the evening)

Friday, June 14
5-6 p.m. – 2013 NHL Awards
6-7 p.m. – 2013 NHL Awards (re-air)
7-8 p.m. – NHL Tonight: Stanley Cup Final Edition

Stanley Cup Final Game Days
5-6 p.m.  ET – Cisco NHL Live
6-8 p.m.  ET – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Pre-Game Show
1-2 Hour Post – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Post Game Show

Stanley Cup Final Non-Game Days
5-7 p.m.  ET – Cisco NHL Live (Weekdays Only)
7-8 p.m.  ET – NHL Tonight: 2013 Stanley Cup Final Edition

Follow NHL Network on Twitter:
NHL Network: @NHLNetwork
Barry Melrose: @NHLBarryMelrose
Craig Button: @CraigJButton
Darren Pang: @Panger40
EJ Hradek: @EJHradek_NHL
Glenn Schiiler: @GlennSchiiler
Joe Micheletti: @Micheletti_12
John Forslund: @JohnForslund
Kathryn Tappen: @KathrynTappen
Kevin Weekes: @KevinWeekes
Mark Roe: @MarkRoeTV
Mike Johnson: @Mike_p_Johnson
Steve Mears: @MearsyNHL

Hashtag: #StanleyCup, #NHLNetwork, #CHIvsBOS

NHL Network Features Live Games and Special Playoff Programming Heading Into the Final Weekend of the 2012-13 Regular Season: Ducks-Canucks and Leafs-Canadiens Highlight Live-Game Coverage for U.S. Viewers; Playoff Match-Ups Revealed on Scheduling Show Sunday Night

NHL_Network_logo-300x300Ducks-Canucks and Leafs-Canadiens Highlight Live-Game Coverage for U.S. Viewers;
Playoff Match-Ups Revealed on Scheduling Show Sunday Night

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 25, 2013) – With countless first-round match-up variations still to be determined entering the final weekend of the regular season, the NHL Network team of experts and analysts will provide wall-to-wall coverage in the ‘Race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ with two live games and special playoff programming.

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL On The Fly will air at 7:00 p.m. ET followed by NHL Tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET each evening.

Programming highlights for the next several days include:

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks – NHL Network-U.S. only (10:00 p.m. ET)

For U.S. audiences, NHL Network will broadcast the “Game of the Week” between the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver  Canucks, who respectively have locked up second and third place in the Western Conference. Live from Rogers Arena beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET, the game will bring together two powerhouse teams that are no strangers to postseason action.

NHL.com story preview:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020703
Video preview:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=-7&id=242480

Prior to the game, NHL On The Fly, co-anchored by Glenn Schiiler and Jamie McLennan, will take fans inside all the action around the League with live look-ins, real-time scores and expert analysis. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes, will air following the conclusion of the game while the Network’s team of insiders will provide intermission reports that bring viewers up to speed on the complete playoff picture and potential match-ups.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL Network-U.S. only (7:00 p.m. ET)

On Saturday night in the traditional Hockey Night in Canada time slot, these Northeast Division rivals will meet for the 719th time in their history in what could also be a preview of their first-round playoff series. As of today, the Maple Leafs can finish as high as second and as low as eighth in the Eastern Conference, while the Canadiens can finish second, fourth or fifth.

NHL Tonight (10:00 p.m. ET)

Following the Maple Leafs-Canadiens game, Kathryn Tappen, E.J. Hradek and the NHL Tonight cast will provide instant analysis and commentary on the implications as postseason match-ups continue to emerge.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

NHL Tonight (6:00 p.m. ET)

Prior to the start of the final 2012-13 regular-season game (Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m. ET), a special edition of NHL Tonight will air with host Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson and E.J. Hradek. The panel will have up-to-the-minute playoff positioning and will outline the playoff impact of the Ottawa-Boston game.

NHL Tonight: 2013 Playoff Scheduling Show (11:00 p.m. ET)

The NHL Network’s marquee show, NHL Tonight, will host a special show Sunday night to bring viewers up-to-the minute information on playoff scheduling, including dates, times and match-ups. Joining host Mark Roe will be NHL analysts Mike Johnson, E.J. Hradek and Kevin Weekes. The final standings could come down to the wire and playoff match-ups could be determined as the last game wraps up in Boston. This show also will be streamed on NHL.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

NHL Tonight: 2013 Playoff Preview (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET)

A special two-hour episode of NHL Tonight will air on NHL Network on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mark Roe will be joined by a panel of analysts, including Jamie McLennan, Ken Daneyko, Mike Johnson, Kevin Weekes and E.J. Hradek. The team will provide everything fans need to know about the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, predictions and a breakdown of each series, including where and when to tune in to every game. This show also will be streamed live on NHL.com.

2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery™ (9:00 p.m. ET) – U.S. only

NHL Network-U.S. will re-air the TSN-produced 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery show that was broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. It will be the first time in NHL history when all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams – will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection.

Follow NHL Network on Twitter:
NHL Network: @NHLNetwork
Barry Melrose: @NHLBarryMelrose
Billy Jaffe: @BJaffe
Craig Button: @CraigJButton
EJ Hradek: @EJHradek_NHL
Glenn Schiiler: @GlennSchiiler
Jamie McLennan: @JamieMcLennan29
Kathryn Tappen: @KathrynTappen
Kelly Chase: @ChasenPucks39
Kevin Weekes: @KevinWeekes
Mark Roe: @MarkRoeTV
Mike Johnson: @Mike_P_Johnson
Steve Mears: @MearsyNHL

Hashtag: #StanleyCup, #NHLNetwork

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Playoff Implications Plentiful For Every Match-Up On NHL Network-U.S. Heading Into Final Week of 2012-13 NHL Regular Season

NHL_Network_logo-300x300Blazing Blackhawks, Streaking Penguins and Saturday Triple-header Highlight Schedule

NEW YORK (April 18, 2013) – With ten days remaining in the 2012-13 NHL regular season and 11 playoffs spots still up for grabs, the upcoming live game schedule on NHL Network U.S. highlights another nail-biting ‘Race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.’

For U.S. viewers, the Network will broadcast seven games over the next five days, beginning with tonight’s “Game of the Week” between the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The Wild sit two points behind the Sharks in the Western Conference standings with both teams vying for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Prior to tonight’s game, NHL On The Fly, co-anchored by Glenn Schiiler and Billy Jaffe, will take fans inside all the action from around the League with live look-ins, real-time scores and expert analysis.   NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes, will air an abridged show at 10:00 p.m. ET, leading into the live-game broadcast, and will resume upon the conclusion of the game with all the highlights and updated playoff implications.

Additional games on the Network include the streaking Penguins, who visit the Bruins Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET; the always exciting Battle of Ontario between the Maple Leafs and Senators Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET; and a Western Conference battle between the Canucks and Red Wings Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The Canucks will also host the League-leading Blackhawks on Monday night.

The full upcoming NHL Network-U.S. live game schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 18:     Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET)

Friday, April 19: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins (7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, April 20:     Florida Panthers @ New Jersey Devils (1:00 p.m. ET);
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC);
Detroit Red Wings @ Vancouver Canucks (10:00 p.m. ET, CBC)

Sunday, April 21: Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings (9:00 p.m. ET)

Monday, April 22: Chicago Blackhawks @ Vancouver Canucks (10:00 p.m. ET)

About NHL Network: As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network™ offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games. The Network’s daily original shows – NHL Tonight™, NHL On the Fly™ and Cisco NHL LIVE™ – offer fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special coverage from NHL events. Additional programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs. NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers. For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com. Blackout and other restrictions may apply.

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Blackhawks-Ducks Battle for Western Supremacy Highlights Big Weekend on NHL Network-U.S.

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NEW YORK (March 27, 2013) – The last weekend before the NHL’s April 3 Trade Deadline will be filled with exciting match-ups for viewers of NHL Network-U.S. Friday night features a showdown of the Western Conference’s season-long pace-setters when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drops at the United Center in Chicago at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Three days of critical clashes with playoff implications begin with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings visiting the St. Louis Blues Thursday night. Then, following Friday night’s battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference standings, the action moves east for a Saturday day/night double-header that sees the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Boston Bruins in the afternoon before the New York Rangers take on the Canadiens in Montreal in the evening.

The most recent meeting between the Blackhawks and Ducks lived up to expectations. Trailing 2-1 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Ducks scored twice in a 64-second span and then added an empty-netter for a 4-2 victory March 20 in Anaheim. Teemu Selanne netted the 3-2 goal, the 670th of his illustrious career and his 107th
game-winner.

Only two points separate sixth-place Los Angeles and seventh-place St. Louis in the tight Western Conference race. The Kings and Blues, who have identical records (6-4-0) in their last 10 games, will meet for the third and final time at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET in the NHL Network-U.S. “Game of the Week.”

The Network’s team of insiders and analysts also will provide intermission reports that bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will air following the conclusion of the game.

Saturday will feature two Eastern Conference games on the Network broadcast schedule. The first pits Boston against Philadelphia at 1:00 p.m. ET. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada then brings viewers a classic Original Six match-up, when the New York Rangers meet the Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. ET live from the Bell Centre.

UPCOMING NHL NETWORK GAMES:

Thursday, March 28 – Los Angeles Kings @ St. Louis Blues (8:00 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 29 – Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET)
Saturday, March 30 – Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers (1:00 p.m. ET)
and New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC).

About NHL Network: As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network™ offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games. The Network’s daily original shows – NHL Tonight™, NHL On The Fly™ and Cisco NHL Live™ – offer fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special coverage from NHL events. Additional programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs. NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers. For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com. Local blackout and other restrictions may apply.

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Four Division Leaders Take The NHL Network-U.S. Spotlight As Thursday’s “Game Of The Week,” Featuring Washington @ Carolina, Launches Five Games In Three Days

NHL_Network_logo-300x300   FOUR DIVISION LEADERS TAKE THE NHL NETWORK-U.S. SPOTLIGHT AS  THURSDAY’S “GAME OF THE WEEK,” FEATURING WASHINGTON @ CAROLINA, LAUNCHES  FIVE GAMES IN THREE DAYS

NEW YORK (March 13, 2013) – The Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks, who lead their respective divisions, will be in the spotlight as the NHL Network-U.S. airs five live games over the next three days beginning with tomorrow’s “Game of the Week” featuring the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals in a Southeast Division match-up. The Hurricanes, who won the opener of the set 4-0 last night, host the Capitals at PNC Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “There’s a certain ‘old-school’ element each time you get division rivals together in a home-and-home series. Throw in the urgency for the Capitals at this stage of the season and it should make for a thrilling rematch. Washington needs a win and Carolina wants to pad their division lead. Lots of subplots in a very intriguing matchup!” – Steve Mears, co-host of CISCO NHL LIVE.

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW (WASH @ CAR):  http://bit.ly/YoiNnt

Additional live-game coverage this weekend on NHL Network-U.S. includes a contest Friday between New Jersey and Philadelphia, followed Saturday by a triple-header that features Sidney Crosby and the Atlantic-leading Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Rangers; the Northeast-leading Canadiens visiting the Devils and the Northwest-leading
Canucks hosting the Detroit Red Wings.

NHL NETWORK-U.S. WEEKEND LIVE GAME SCHEDULE:
Friday, Mar. 15 – New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers (7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Mar. 16 – New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (1:00 p.m. ET),
Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC), and Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks (10:30 p.m. ET, CBC)

 

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NHL Network-U.S. Game of the Week Features Battle of Pennsylvania; Blazing Blackhawks, Original Six Franchises and Triple-Header Action Round Out a Weekend Packed With Hours of Live Game Entertainment

NHL_Network_logo-300x300NHL NETWORK-U.S. GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURES BATTLE OF PENNSYLVANIA

Blazing Blackhawks, Original Six Franchises and Triple-Header Action Round
Out a Weekend Packed With Hours of Live Game Entertainment

NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers meet for the third time this season on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center in the NHL Network-U.S. “Game of the Week.” A meeting between these teams renews one of the fiercest rivalries in the game.

Intense playoff battles and entertaining regular-season meetings between these cross-state competitors are commonplace. The teams’ prior meeting, Feb. 20, delivered end-to-end action, comebacks, a hat trick by Jakub Voracek and late-game heroics as the Flyers squeaked past the Penguins, 6-5, in a match-up that provided another epic battle of
Pennsylvania.

The Network’s team of insiders and analysts also will cover intermission reports and bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will be on the air following the conclusion of the game at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The action continues on Friday when NHL Network-U.S. broadcasts the second game of a home-and-home series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. Last night, with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks collected their 10th consecutive triumph and stretched their streak of games with at least a point to 23 – the longest from the start of a season in NHL history.

Saturday will feature a triple-header on the Network beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET with a slate of games that should keep every hockey fan glued to their viewing devices: Philadelphia at Boston, St. Louis at San Jose and Pittsburgh at Toronto.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “This is the ultimate game to watch because the teams don’t like each other and that’s how great rivalries are born — last year’s playoff games were some of the wildest in memory.  Whenever these teams play one another, they play Philadelphia’s physical game, so the challenge for Pittsburgh will be to stay level-headed and not get sucked in to that style of play.” — NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW (PIT @ PHI):
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020342

NEXT NHL NETWORK GAMES:

Friday, March 8 – Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche (9:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, March 9 – Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (1:00 p.m. ET),
St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks (4:00 p.m. ET),
Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC)

NHL Network-U.S. Offers Eight Games Over Five Days Beginning With Thursday’s “Game of the Week” Featuring Pittsburgh @ Carolina

NHL_Network_logo-300x300 NHL NETWORK-U.S. OFFERS EIGHT GAMES OVER FIVE DAYS BEGINNING WITH THURSDAY’S “GAME OF THE WEEK” FEATURING PITTSBURGH @ CAROLINA

League-Leading Blackhawks, the Season’s Only Quadruple-Header, two
appearances by Stanley Cup champion Kings Highlight Live-Game Schedule

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – NHL Network-U.S., the go-to destination for hockey fanatics, will air eight live NHL games over the next five days, including the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks and a rare quadruple-header Saturday, starting at Noon, ET.

Live coverage begins tomorrow night with NHL Network’s “Game of the Week” at 7:00 p.m. ET featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins meeting Carolina for the first time since the off-season trade that sent Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh to Carolina to join his brother, Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. Jordan Staal, will face his former teammates from Pittsburgh, including
Sidney Crosby, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

The Network’s team of insiders and analysts will cover intermission reports during the broadcast and bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will be on the air following the conclusion of the Penguins-Hurricanes at 10:00 p.m. ET.

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW (PIT @ CAR):
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020291&navid=sb:preview

ADDITIONAL NHL NETWORK GAMES:
Friday, Mar. 1 – Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Mar. 2 – Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers (12:00 p.m. ET),
Washington Capitals at Winnipeg Jets (3:00 p.m. ET, CBC), Pittsburgh
Penguins at Montreal Canadiens (7:00 p.m. ET, CBC) and Los Angeles Kings at
Vancouver Canucks (10:30 p.m. ET, CBC)
**This is the only time this season the NHL Network-U.S. will show four
games in one day.

Sunday, Mar. 3 – St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars (3:00 p.m. ET)

Monday, Mar. 4 – Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m. ET)

NHL Network-U.S. Game of the Week Features Boston-Tampa Bay Match-Up; Weekend Live Game Schedule Includes Blackhawks Looking to Make History and a Rare Triple-Header Saturday with All-American Match-Ups

NHL_Network_logo-300x300   NHL NETWORK-U.S. GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURES BOSTON-TAMPA BAY MATCH-UP
Weekend Live Game Schedule Includes Blackhawks Looking to Make History
and a Rare Triple-Header Saturday with All-American Match-Ups

NEW YORK (February 20, 2013) – The long-awaited and previously-delayed first meeting of the season between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning will take place tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in the ‘Game of the Week’ on NHL Network-U.S. The Network’s team of insiders and analysts also will cover intermission
reports and bring viewers up to speed on news and scores from around the League.

After picking up a valuable two points in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs, the Lightning (8-6-1) trail the Bruins (9-2-2) by only three points in a tight Eastern Conference race. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier has been on a recent hot streak, recording two goals and five points over the past five games, while Steven Stamkos (10-12–22) and Martin St. Louis (4-18–22) share third place on the NHL’s leaderboard with 22 points apiece. The Bruins, who are kicking off a three-game road trip, are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Their penalty kill leads the NHL at 94.1 percent and is anchored by goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is 3-0-1 in his last four starts, giving up just six goals over that span.

NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will be on the air following the conclusion of the Bruins-Lightning at 10:00 p.m. ET.

NHL Network-U.S. will be the go-to destination for hockey fans over the next four days, as the channel airs six live NHL games, including the League-leading Chicago Blackhawks against the San Jose Sharks Friday night and an all-American triple-header Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at noon ET.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “I love this match-up because it’s a team (Boston) that believes in defense first, keeping the scoring low and trying to win games, 2-1, and Tampa Bay entirely the opposite.  They are the highest scoring team in the NHL (59 goals) and a team with tons of firepower that doesn’t mind opening up. We have two contrasting styles that should make for a great game. My prediction is Boston taking a close one, 3-2.” – NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW (BOS @ TB):
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020243

NEXT NHL NETWORK GAMES:

Friday, Feb. 22 – San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET) **History in the making: The Blackhawks (13-0-3) have tied an NHL record for collecting points in consecutive games to start a season: 16, equal to the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who opened the season 12-0-4. Chicago will try for 17 Friday night against San Jose

Saturday, Feb. 23 – New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals (12:00 p.m. ET), Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings (4:00 p.m. ET) and Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings (7:00 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Feb. 24 – Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers (3:00 p.m. ET)

About NHL Network: As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network™ offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games. The Network’s daily original shows – NHL Tonight™, NHL On The Fly™ and Cisco NHL Live™ – offer fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and   former players, plus special coverage from NHL events. Additional programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs. NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers. For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com. Local blackout and other restrictions may apply.

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NHL Network-U.S. Game of the Week Features Capitals at Penguins; Tonight’s Match-Up Pits Bitter Rivals for the Second Time This Season

NHL_Network_logo-300x300  NHL NETWORK-U.S. GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURES CAPITALS AT PENGUINS
Tonight’s Match-Up Pits Bitter Rivals for the Second Time This Season;
Former Penguins Radio & TV Talent Steve Mears Joins Cisco NHL Live Team

NEW YORK (February 7, 2013) – The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins take center stage on NHL Network-U.S. tonight when they meet for the ‘Game of the Week’ at CONSOL Energy Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.
ET in what promises to be another epic battle between Eastern Conference rivals.  The Network’s team of insiders and analysts will also cover intermission reports and bring viewers up to speed on news around the League and scores from the evening’s other games.

Since 2005, the Penguins and Capitals have faced off 29 times in the regular season, with the Penguins holding a 15-14-2 (14-13-2) edge in the series. Their most recent meeting was Sunday in Washington, where Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz  scored a career-high four goals to lead the teamto a 6-3 win. Kunitz became the first Penguins player since Jaromir Jagr
(Oct. 14, 2000 vs. NY Rangers) to score four goals in a game.

NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, will be on the air following the conclusion of the game at 10:00 p.m. ET.

NHL.COM GAME PREVIEW:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2012020145&navid=DL|NHL|home

VIDEO COMPILATION ON RIVALRY:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=199446

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:  “The Penguins are back to looking like the Penguins, with Kunitz off to a fantastic start and [Sidney] Crosby and [Marc-Andre] Fleury delivering solid performances against the Islanders Tuesday night. The Capitals have been performing below expectation, but [Joel] Ward has been solid and [Mike] Ribeiro is heating up. If they can get a win against the Pens tonight, it would be huge for the Club’s morale and would re-energize their fans.”  — NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes

NEXT NHL NETWORK GAME: The spotlight shines on the lone NHL game on the schedule Friday, as the Dallas Stars host the Anaheim Ducks beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on both NHL Network-U.S. and Canada.

NEW TALENT: Steve Mears, who joined the NHL Network team officially this month, is the current co-host of Cisco NHL Live. No stranger to NHL Network, Mears covered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship U.S. games, for the Network.

Mears most recently served four seasons as a member of the Penguins Radio Network team. In addition to his work on the Penguins’ radio and TV game broadcasts, he served as the host of “Penguins Live” on Pittsburgh Penguins 24/7 Radio and was also a contributor to PensTV on the official team website.

NHL Network-U.S. To Broadcast 78 NHL Regular-Season Games

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#hockeyisback — NHL Network Returns Tomorrow with Live Reports from Training Camps and New Hosts

NEW YORK (January 12, 2013) – NHL Network-U.S. will televise 78 live games this regular season, focusing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and featuring eight double-headers, seven triple-headers and one quadruple-header. Regular-season coverage on NHL Network-U.S. gets underway on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET. with the New York Rangers in Boston to take on the Bruins.

On Saturday evenings, NHL Network-U.S. again will broadcast CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada programming beginning with the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. ET, and Coaches Corner and Hotstove intermission programming during live game broadcasts.

Beginning tomorrow, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET and airing each night leading up to puck drop on the 2012-13 NHL season, NHL Network will be live with a special season preview titled NHL Tonight 2012-13 Season Preview Presented by Geico. Along with host Kathryn Tappen, a rotating cast of hockey insiders will bring viewers an in-depth look at the upcoming season, including team-by-team breakdowns, live on-location reports from NHL training camps and all the latest news as the League’s 30 teams gear up for the 99-day race for the playoffs.

With a return to the ice comes the season return of Cisco NHL Live, one of the Network’s signature programs. Cisco NHL Live begins broadcasting Monday, Jan. 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  Another fan favorite, the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, live from the Halifax Metro Centre, also highlights opening week on the Network for U.S. audiences.  The game airs live Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET followed by a special edition of NHL Tonight 2012-13 Season Preview Presented by Geico at 10:00 p.m. ET.

In addition, NHL Network-U.S. will broadcast TSN shows NHL Top 50 Players, NHL 30 and NHL Fantasy Draft Special in the coming days. For the complete NHL Network schedule, please visit www.nhlnetwork.com.
 
New talent at NHL Network

New this season, Glenn Schiiler and Mark Roe join the Network as the hosts of marquee shows NHL On The Fly and NHL Tonight, bringing highlights and their expert analysis to the viewers at home. Prior to joining the Network, Schiiler was a sports anchor on Score Weekend and Score Tonighton The Score, whileRoe served as Sports Director for the award-winning CTV News in Barrie, Ontario, where he daily covered the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

Returning NHL Network shows

Cisco NHL Live airs weeknights from 5-7 p.m. ET, throughout the season. Host EJ Hradek keeps fans in-the-know with headlines and buzz from insiders all over the hockey world. Fans can interact live by either tweeting @NHLLive or calling in with questions at 1-855-HAT-TRICK.

NHL On The Fly, the Network’s signature show, airs nightly from 7-10 p.m. ET taking fans inside the action from around the League with live look-ins, real-time scores, team press conferences and expert analysis from a variety of your favorite NHL veterans, including current and former players.

NHL Tonight hosted by Kathryn Tappen and featuring a rotating cast of analysts including Barry Melrose, Kevin Weekes and Mike Johnson, returns nightly at 10 p.m. ET serving fans with every highlight, from every game, every night. NHL Tonight will re-air the following morning.

2012-13 NHL Network-U.S. live-game broadcast schedule is as follows:
                                (subject to change)

DATE                VISITOR        HOME        START TIME (ET)
1/19/2013        NY Rangers        Boston        7:00 p.m.
1/20/2013        Pittsburgh        NY Rangers        7:00 p.m.
1/24/2013        NY Rangers        Philadelphia        7:00 p.m.
1/25/2013        Minnesota        Detroit        7:30 p.m.
1/26/2013        Colorado        San Jose        4:00 p.m.
1/26/2013        Toronto        NY Rangers        7:00 p.m.
1/27/2013        Buffalo        Washington        3:00 p.m.
1/28/2013        Boston        Carolina        7:00 p.m.
1/31/2013        Pittsburgh        NY Rangers        7:00 p.m.
2/1/2013        St. Louis        Detroit        7:30 p.m.
2/2/2013        New Jersey        Pittsburgh        1:00 p.m.
2/2/2013        Boston        Toronto        7:00 p.m.
2/7/2013        Washington        Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.
2/8/2013        Anaheim        Dallas        8:00 p.m.
2/9/2013        Pittsburgh        New Jersey        1:00 p.m.
2/9/2013        Phoenix        San Jose        4:00 p.m.
2/9/2013        Toronto        Montreal        7:00 p.m.
2/14/2013        Washington        Tampa Bay        7:30 p.m.
2/15/2013        Anaheim        Detroit        7:30 p.m.
2/16/2013        Philadelphia        Montreal        7:00 p.m.
2/18/2013        Nashville        Colorado        3:00 p.m.
2/18/2013        Carolina        Montreal        7:30 p.m.
2/21/2013        Columbus        Detroit        7:30 p.m.
2/22/2013        San Jose        Chicago        8:30 p.m.
2/23/2013        New Jersey        Washington        12:00 p.m.
2/23/2013        Colorado        Los Angeles        4:00 p.m.
2/23/2013        Nashville        Detroit        7:00 p.m.
2/24/2013        Boston        Florida        3:00 p.m.
2/28/2013        Pittsburgh        Carolina        7:00 p.m.
3/1/2013        Columbus        Chicago        8:30 p.m.
3/2/2013        Ottawa        Philadelphia        12:00 p.m.
3/2/2013        Washington        Winnipeg        3:00 p.m.
3/2/2013        Pittsburgh        Montreal        7:00 p.m.
3/2/2013        Los Angeles        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
3/3/2013        St. Louis        Dallas        3:00 p.m.
3/4/2013        Nashville        Los Angeles        10:30 p.m.
3/7/2013        Pittsburgh        Philadelphia        7:00 p.m.
3/8/2013        Chicago        Colorado        9:00 p.m.
3/9/2013        Philadelphia        Boston        1:00 p.m.
3/9/2013        St. Louis        San Jose        4:00 p.m.
3/9/2013        Pittsburgh        Toronto        7:00 p.m.
3/14/2013        Washington        Carolina        7:00 p.m.
3/15/2013        New Jersey        Philadelphia        7:00 p.m.
3/16/2013        NY Rangers        Pittsburgh        1:00 p.m.
3/16/2013        Carolina        Tampa Bay        7:00 p.m.
3/16/2013        Detroit        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
3/20/2013        Dallas        Colorado        9:30 p.m.
3/21/2013        New Jersey        Carolina        7:00 p.m.
3/22/2013        Pittsburgh        NY Islanders        7:00 p.m.
3/22/2013        Detroit        Anaheim        10:00 p.m.
3/23/2013        Vancouver        Los Angeles        4:00 p.m.
3/23/2013        Boston        Toronto        7:00 p.m.
3/28/2013        Los Angeles        St. Louis        8:00 p.m.
3/29/2013        Anaheim        Chicago        8:30 p.m.
3/30/2013        Boston        Philadelphia        1:00 p.m.
3/30/2013        NY Rangers        Montreal        7:00 p.m.
4/4/2013        New Jersey        Boston        7:00 p.m.
4/4/2013        Detroit        Phoenix        10:00 p.m.
4/5/2013        NY Rangers        Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.
4/6/2013        Edmonton        Los Angeles        4:00 p.m.
4/6/2013        NY Rangers        Carolina        7:00 p.m.
4/6/2013        Calgary        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
4/7/2013        Dallas        San Jose        4:00 p.m.
4/8/2013        Carolina        Boston        7:00 p.m.
4/12/2013        Detroit        Chicago        8:30 p.m.
4/13/2013        Vancouver        Colorado        3:00 p.m.
4/13/2013        Montreal        Toronto        7:00 p.m.
4/13/2013        Anaheim        Los Angeles        10:30 p.m.
4/18/2013        Vancouver        Dallas        8:00 p.m.
4/19/2013        Pittsburgh        Boston        7:00 p.m.
4/20/2013        Florida        New Jersey        1:00 p.m.
4/20/2013        Buffalo        Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.
4/20/2013        Detroit        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
4/21/2013        Florida        Boston        3:00 p.m.
4/21/2013        Dallas        Los Angeles        10:30 p.m.
4/22/2013        Chicago        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
4/25/2013        Anaheim        Vancouver        10:00 p.m.
4/26/2013        Edmonton        Minnesota         8:00 p.m.

Information on the dates and times of the NHL Network live-game schedule for Canadian viewers will be released in the near future.

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About NHL Network:
As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network™ offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games.  The network’s daily original shows – NHL Tonight™, NHL On the Fly™ and Cisco NHL LIVE™ – offer fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special coverage from NHL events.  Additional programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs.  NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers.  For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com.

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