NBC SPORTS GROUP’S JEREMY ROENICK USES RADIUS TO GET IN SHAPE FOR STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Roenick Teams Up With Radius Master Trainer Natalie Uhling To Get In Shape

STAMFORD, Conn – April 15, 2015 –  To get ready for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the long days and nights that come with covering as many as 105 games, NHL on NBC studio analyst Jeremy Roenick is teaming up with Radius master trainer Natalie Uhling to get in shape.

For the next month, Roenick will work with Uhling on a regular basis to drop some post-playing career weight, increase muscle mass and build stamina for the marathon of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBC Sports Group’s cameras will cover the entire process, and segments from the workouts will be incorporated into NHL Live programming surrounding select Stanley Cup Playoff matchups.

The first segment will debut tonight when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network.

Click here for a preview: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/jeremy-roenick-gets-his-fitness-nbcsns-radius

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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OneRepublic’s RYAN TEDDER PERFORMS HIT SINGLE “I LIVED” TO DROP PUCK ON NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Lead Singer Stars in Show Open Debuting Tonight on NBCSN

I Lived to Serve as Anthem of NBC Sports Group and NHL Broadcast Partner Coverage of Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Grammy Award-winner and lead singer of OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder, in an exclusive video of the band’s hit single I Lived. The performance, produced by NBC Sports, will serve as the show open and will celebrate opening night of the playoffs.

Following the debut this evening, I Lived will serve as a continuing anthem of NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the 2015 playoffs and will be included in various aspects of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network, as well as on NHL Network and NHL television partner platforms in Canada.

“I’m excited to be a part of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Tedder. “I have always been a big hockey fan, and I can’t wait to watch this year’s games.”

OneRepublic released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The album included the smash single Apologize, which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced three singles: All the Right Moves, Secrets and Good Life.

I Lived is featured on OneRepublic’s third studio album Native, which was released in March 2015 where it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In addition to I Lived the set produced the hit singles If I Lose Myself, Feel Again, Love Runs Out, and Counting Stars, which reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has sold over 10 million downloads. OneRepublic has toured the world headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe and is about to embark on a Canadian tour. Visit  www.onerepublic.com for all tour dates.

In addition, NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and postgame show for NHL coverage, will present a one minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Stanley Cup Playoffs I Lived show open. The segment will air this evening during coverage of select games.

Click here for a preview of the video: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/onerepublic-sings-stanley-cup-playoffs-anthem

Click here for photos from the shoot: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/photos-videos/

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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NBC Sports Digital Unveils New Graphics For 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Live Streaming

STAMFORD, Conn. – April, 15 2015 – As part of NBC Sports Group’s continuing efforts to enhance the TV Everywhere experience and remain an industry leader in live streaming, NBC Sports Digital has developed new broadcast-quality enhanced data graphics that provide an improved streaming experience for NHL fans when they watch games on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The new functionality and visualizations include real-time player and game statistics, roster listings, and live rink maps which highlight shot locations, blocked shots, goals, face offs, hits, giveaways and takeaways.  In addition, every goal, every penalty and every key moment is quickly available to viewers via the redesigned Key Events bar.

“We are consistently working on improving the streaming experience for our viewers,” said Jack Jackson, VP, Product Development, NBC Sports Group. “With these new tools, fans streaming NHL games on Live Extra have more real-time information at their fingertips than ever before.”

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS” – DAY 1

Game 1 – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network

Game 1 – (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network

Game 1 – (3) Blackhawks-(2) Predators at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (3) Flames-(2) Canucks at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network

Live Pre-game Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Call Transcript – Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire and Executive Producer Sam Flood

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Game coverage begins with a pair matchups at 7 p.m. ET, when the (3) New York Islanders visit the (2) Washington Capitals on USA Network, and the (1) Montreal Canadiens host the (4) Ottawa Senators on NHL Network. NBCSN’s game coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, when the (2) Nashville Predators host the (3) Chicago Blackhawks. The final Game 1 matchup of the night features the (3) Calgary Flames against the (2) Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 (All times ET)

 

 

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington USA Network Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) USA Network Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal NHL Network Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy, David Amber
8:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver USA Network Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 15 – NHL LIVE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M ET ON NBCSN 

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will host USA Network’s studio coverage.

 

GAME 1 – (3) ISLANDERS AT (2) CAPITALS – 7 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK

Playoff coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on USA Network with Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals hosting John Tavares and the (3) New York Islanders in Game 1 of their first-round series. Ovechkin led the league with 53 goals, his sixth season with at least 50 goals, while Tavares finished the season with 86 points, one shy of league-leader Jamie Benn (87).  This marks the seventh playoff series all-time between the Islanders and Capitals, and their first postseason meeting since 1993. The Isles own the playoff series edge over the Caps, with five series wins in six attempts.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C.

 


GAME 1 – (4) SENATORS AT (1) CANADIENS – 7 P.M. ET ON NHL NETWORK

NHL Network’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Game 1 between the (4) Ottawa Senators and the (1) Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa posted a 23-4-4 record over its last 31 games to reach the postseason, led by rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond, who went 20-1-2 in net during that span and popularized his widely-recognized nickname, “The Hamburglar.” Montreal earned the Atlantic Division title, led by goaltender Carey Price, who topped all goaltenders in goals against average (1.96), save percentage (.933), and wins (44). The series also features two of the most dynamic defenseman in hockey; Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson led all defensemen with 66 points, while Montreal’s P.K. Subban finished the year tied for second among blue-liners (60 pts). The two teams last met in the first round in 2012-13, when Ottawa defeated Montreal in five games.

Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy and David Amber will have the call from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.
GAME 1 – (3) BLACKHAWKS AT (2) PREDATORS – 8:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN drops the puck on its Stanley Cup Playoff game coverage Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Toews and the (3) Chicago Blackhawks visit Shea Weber and the (2) Nashville Predators. Chicago won three of four matchups against Nashville this season, including a 5-4 shootout victory in their most recent matchup on Dec. 29. The Blackhawks and Predators have met once before in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Chicago defeated Nashville in the first round of the 2010 postseason, en route to its Stanley Cup win over Philadelphia. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
GAME 1 – (3) FLAMES AT (2) CANUCKS – 10 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK

USA Network’s coverage continues Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, following Islanders-Capitals, as rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau and the (3) Calgary Flames visit Daniel Sedin and the (2) Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their first-round series. The Flames return to the postseason for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, led by Gaudreau, who finished tied with Ottawa’s Mark Stone for most points by a rookie this season (64). Vancouver’s duo of Daniel and Henrik Sedin led the club with 76 and 73 points, respectively, in their 14th seasons with the Canucks. Calgary and Vancouver have met six times in the playoffs, with this year’s series marking their first postseason matchup since 2004, when Calgary beat Vancouver in the first round. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

If tonight’s Islanders-Capitals game on USA Network runs past 10 p.m. ET into the start of Flames-Canucks, puck drop of Flames-Canucks will be shown live on NHL Network until Islanders-Capitals has concluded. Flames-Canucks will return to USA Network immediately following the conclusion of Islanders-Capitals. As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

2015 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT – MIKE “DOC” EMRICK, PIERRE MCGUIRE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SAM FLOOD

NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning NHL play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, and Executive Producer Sam Flood previewed the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call yesterday afternoon. Click here for the full transcript.

Following are excerpts from their playoff preview conference call:

McGuire on the Rangers: “When you put the Rangers on paper, you win with your depth down the middle. They’ve got it down the middle at center, they’ve got it with depths in defense, and they’ve got it in goal.  So the Rangers are in a really good spot.”

McGuire on Red Wings-Lightning: “One thing that could present problems for Tampa, and I don’t think it’s a big secret, is that Mike Babcock is one of the most creative coaches in the National Hockey League. Coaching matters at this time of year. Jon Cooper got swept last year…how is he going to react to a coach like Mike Babcock who is going to present all kinds of coaching match‑up problems?…what’s interesting about this series is both starting goaltenders, Mrazek and Bishop, have yet to play in an NHL playoff game…I think this could be a tremendous series.”

Emrick on the Penguins: “Pittsburgh has struck me as a team that we’ve walked in the dressing room and it seems like a different culture…over the three‑day period that ends on Sunday, this year Saturday, and resumes on Wednesday, sometimes transformations take place. If they win one of the two games in New York, they might start thinking a little more together than they have been in these games that we’ve seen down the stretch.”

Following are NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule and commentating assignments for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Sunday’s games. First-round matchups are subject to change and local blackouts:

 

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC John Forslund, Andy Brickley
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
10:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim CNBC Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
7 p.m. Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
9:30 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
3 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* NBC/NBCSN John Forslund, Andy Brickley
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* NBC/NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
8 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
10:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim NBCSN Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Noon Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
3 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom,
Joe Micheletti
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa NBCSN Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
10 p.m. Game 2 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary NBCSN Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake

 

*Regionalized coverage. On Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, select markets will receive Red Wings-Lightning on NBC and Wild-Blues on NBCSN. Remaining markets will receive Wild-Blues on NBC and Red Wings-Lightning on NBCSN.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

 

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CELEBRATE 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WITH “LORD STANLEY’S CUP DIDDLY-UMPTIOUS BRACKET BAR”

NBC and NHL to Distribute 32,768 Stanley Cup Chocolate Bars Wrapped With Different Bracket Combinations

One Lucky Fan with Perfect Bracket Will Win Opportunity to Spend Time with the Stanley Cup and a Trip to 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Fans Whose “Diddly-Umptious” Chocolate Bars Contain One of Four Silver Tickets Will Win a Trip to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and Quality Time with the Stanley Cup

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 13, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League have once again joined forces to celebrate the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by providing fans with an edible chocolate bracket and a chance to spend time with The Stanley Cup. As part of this year’s “Every Game. Every Night. Don’t Miss a Moment” marketing campaign, NBC Sports Group and the NHL have created 32,768 “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bar” chocolate bars, one for each possible bracket combination.

Each of the chocolate bars features an imprint of a blank Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket, and is packaged in a unique wrapper which includes one of 32,768 different bracket combinations. At the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final, one lucky winner will possess the perfect bracket and will win a trip to the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup. In addition, four fans who receive chocolate bars featuring a silver ticket will win a trip to Game 3 of this year’s Stanley Cup Final and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup.

“As in past years, we wanted to create an item which captures the imagination of hockey fans and social influencers, and continues to build awareness about the Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket format and Stanley Cup Final,” said John Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Sports Group. “It was difficult to top cupcakes and puck cakes, but we think we have done it. Eating your way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs is always a fun bonus.”

A small number of the chocolate bars will be presented in a limited edition custom-designed NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket box, and will be hand delivered to athletes, celebrity hockey fans, social influencers and media in select markets across the country. Each playoff team will also receive their own box of “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bar” chocolate bars. The vast majority of bars will be given out to hockey fans in each of the 16 cities which have a team playing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Fans can tune in to local sports radio stations to find out specific locations to pick up a bar, available on a first-come first-served basis. “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bars” will also be available at the flagship NHL Store in New York City, in NHL Team Stores, and in popular hockey bars in local markets with teams competing in the Playoffs.

Fans can find out more about the campaign, register their tickets and receive prizing at bracketbar.nbcsports.com. Fans are also invited to engage with @NHLonNBCSports on social media using #BracketBar.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON TV

For the fourth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

Coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network and CNBC.  In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide complete streaming coverage of every game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs that is televised by NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC.

For more information click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/01/nbc-sports-group-fills-out-2015-stanley-cup-playoff-bracket-with-complete-coverage-beginning-april-15/

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Mary Byrne Joins ESPN Digital & Print Media as Senior Deputy Editor

To tweet: http://es.pn/1Dss1Fb

Will Oversee Editorial Operations for NFL, NHL and NASCAR Coverage

Mary Byrne, a leading journalist with 25 years in the news business, has joined ESPN Digital & Print Media as the new Senior Deputy Editor for NFL, NHL and NASCAR coverage. She will oversee editorial operations for Digital & Print’s daily coverage of these sports, including strategic and tactical planning, as well as cross-platform collaboration and integration with television, radio, fantasy and other ESPN entities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mary, whose unique combination of energy, enthusiasm, experience and ability has made her a singular force,” said Patrick Stiegman, Vice President and Editorial Director, ESPN Digital & Print Media.

Added Chad Millman, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, “Mary is a powerhouse journalist with a passion for news and an eye for storytelling. Her love for the work she does is infectious and surpassed only by the exciting ideas she has about how to incorporate the many platforms important in our current world into everyday coverage.”

ESPN.com senior editorial director John Banks, who led the effort to build the NFL team into a nation of reporters, will assume an important new role tied to daily news and analysis. Banks will lead a team amplifying major on and off-the-field sports news with timely, original pieces and in coordination with the enterprise and daily breaking news and information groups.

Byrne will be based at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters and will report to executive editor Patricia Mays.

About joining ESPN, Byrne said, “I am thrilled to be joining the ESPN team. It’s a tremendous opportunity to give NFL fans exciting, innovative coverage on any and all platforms. I can’t wait to get started.”

Byrne comes to ESPN from USA TODAY where she served as sports managing editor for the past three years. She was just the fourth to hold the role in USA TODAY’s more than 30-year history. Prior to that, she was the deputy sports editor for The Associated Press for six years.

She also served previously as USA TODAY’s Olympics editor and has held positions with the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Waterbury Republican-American and Oceanside Blade-Citizen during her career.

Byrne is serving as first vice president of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and is an active member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). A native of Michigan, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish.

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Montreal Canadiens’ Flashy Superstar PK Subban Profiled On 60 MINUTES SPORTS Wednesday On SHOWTIME

60-Minutes-Sports-showtimeNEW YORK (March 31, 2015) – He’s a dazzling skater and the highest paid defensemen in the league.  When he scores – which is often – you’re more than likely to see a dramatic show.  Sometimes he mimics a hunter pulling back his bow and shooting an imaginary arrow.  P.K. Subban has slain the opposing team once again.  Some call him cocky; he’s the favorite boo bird for opposing fans.  But as the young player’s skills peak on a legendary team that he could help win an overdue Stanley Cup for, he says the Montreal Canadiens come first and his flair for the dramatic is just an expression of confidence.  Armen Keteyian profiles Subban on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS, Wednesday. April 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on SHOWTIME.

“Anybody that knows me personally knows that I’m not cocky.  I’m a confident individual but I’m not cocky.  I would never put myself ahead of my teammates, never,” says the 25-year-old star, who recently signed an 8-year contract for $72 million.  His play has helped the team to one of the league’s best records and a playoff shot at its first Stanley Cup in 22 years.

He likens his role and confidence to other great sports stars.  “What would Kobe do when they’re down by two points and he gets the ball? What would Michael Jordan do?  What’s Tiger going do when it’s one shot away?  They’re going to put the ball in the hole, in the basket,” he tells Keteyian.  “So for me, when I get the opportunity to be a game changer, I have to do that.”

Pernell Karl Subban’s journey to the NHL is a little different from others.  One of about twenty black NHL players, that journey began when his father Karl left Jamaica as a boy and settled in a snowy town in Northern Ontario, where he fell in love with hockey.  Karl Subban taught his son the game on a small skating rink he built in his backyard and on the public rinks of Toronto, where P.K. grew up with his four siblings.  Karl was serious about getting P.K. enough ice time to become a competitive player.  Father and son skated together every night one winter when P.K. was just 5 years old, sometimes into the wee hours of the night.  The profile includes interviews with Karl and Subban’s mother, Maria, who talk about raising the future star defensemen.  In a touching and humorous moment, Subban shows Keteyian his first pair of skates: white, fur-trimmed hand-me-down figure skates from his big sister.

“It’s ok for parents to want it more than our children early on,” he says.  “But eventually our children must want it more than we want it.  And that’s…what happened with us.”

The desire instilled in the boy by his father has bloomed into a serious self-assurance on the ice.  It’s a confidence that he says fuels the game-changing heroics he has become known for.  Speaking about a winning overtime goal he scored, he tells Keteyian, “The feeling starts in overtime.  Whether I have to put it around somebody, or through somebody, it’s going in.  It’s like, when you smell blood, you got to know when to just end it.”

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NBCSN Presents Stanley Cup Final Rematches This Week, Including Kings-Rangers Tomorrow Night & Blackhawks-Flyers On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl-nbc-rivalry2014 Stanley Cup Rematch – League-Leading New York Rangers Host Los Angeles Kings Tomorrow Night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

2010 Stanley Cup Rematch – Chicago Blackhawks Visit Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

San Jose Sharks Visit Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 23, 2015 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN features a pair of recent Stanley Cup Final matchups, beginning tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, when Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings visit Rick Nash and the league-leading New York Rangers in the Kings’ only visit to Madison Square Garden this season.

NBCSN presents a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks visit Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers.

This week’s coverage concludes on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with NBCSN’s third interconference matchup of the week, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of this week’s NHL matchups.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET tomorrow and Sunday night, and at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will host this week’s coverage alongside analysts and former players Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. NHL insider Bob McKenzie will join NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage to provide the latest in-depth news from around the league.

KINGS-RANGERS – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night, as the league-leading New York Rangers host a Los Angeles Kings club fighting to earn a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Rangers (46-18-7, 99 points) are tied with Montreal and Anaheim for the most points in the NHL, and have games in hand on both teams as they aim to clinch their first Presidents’ Trophy since the 1993-94 season. Last night, New York notched a 7-2 victory against the Ducks on NBCSN, as Derek Stepan and Keith Yandle both posted three-point outings in the game.

Los Angeles (34-23-14, 82 pts) is in the midst of the battle for the final spots in the Western Conference playoff race. The Kings trail Calgary by two points for the third playoff spot in the Pacific Division, and are four points behind Winnipeg for the final Wild Card spot. Eight of the Kings’ final 11 games are on the road, including a visit to New Jersey to face the Devils tonight.

Tomorrow night’s matchup on NBCSN is the Kings’ first visit to Madison Square Garden since Game 4 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final, when the Rangers defeated the Kings by a score of 2-1 to stave off elimination. Earlier this season, the Rangers erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Kings 4-3 in Los Angeles on Jan. 8.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York. Tomorrow night’s game will be locally blacked out in New York.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – BLACKHAWKS-FLYERS – WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Chicago visits Philadelphia on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry in a rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, as the Blackhawks look to continue their strong play down the stretch. Chicago (43-22-6, 92 pts) has posted a 12-4-4 record since Feb. 6, and sits in third place in the Central Division, four points behind Nashville (96) and five behind St. Louis (97) with two games in hand on both teams. Chicago visits Carolina tonight for a tilt with the Hurricanes, prior to Wednesday night’s matchup in Philadelphia.

The Flyers (29-29-16, 74 pts) return home after a four-game Canadian road trip and face the Blackhawks for the first time since Oct. 21, when Philadelphia suffered a 4-0 shutout loss in Chicago. Wednesday’s game is just the sixth meeting between the Blackhawks and Flyers since Chicago’s victory over Philadelphia in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. The home team has won four of five meetings, and Chicago hasn’t won in Philadelphia since their Game 6 Stanley Cup Final clincher.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk and Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call have the call from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

SHARKS-PENGUINS – SUNDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Penguins host the Sharks on Sunday night on NBCSN, as Pittsburgh continues its march towards a ninth-straight postseason berth. The Penguins (40-22-10, 90 pts) are currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the New York Islanders. Pittsburgh earned a 3-1 win in Arizona on Saturday night, led by a goal and an assist from Sidney Crosby, who currently leads the league with 74 points.

The Sharks (35-29-8, 78 pts) are in the midst of a seven-game road trip and will need a late-season push to reach the playoffs. Two weeks ago, the Sharks beat the Penguins by a score of 2-1 in a shootout in San Jose.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sunday night’s game will be locally blacked out in Pittsburgh.

Following is this week’s hockey schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Games are subject to local blackout.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., March 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Chicago-Philadelphia (Encore) NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., March 25 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Chicago at Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 29 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
San Jose at Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL coverage NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Rangers-Red Wings On Wednesday Night Rivalry, Red Wings-Bruins On NBC’S Game Of The Week Highlight NBC Sports Group’s NHL Coverage This Week

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Rick Nash and Rangers Visit Pavel Datsyuk and Red Wings on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

Milan Lucic and Bruins Host Red Wings on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week Sunday at Noon ET

Jonathan Toews and Blackhawks Host Rangers Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Begins Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Steven Stamkos and Lightning Host Sabres

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 2, 2015 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBC and NBCSN features three Original Six matchups with teams jockeying for playoff positioning, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN between Rick Nash and the New York Rangers, and Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings will be featured on the NHL Game of the Week on NBC at Noon ET on Sunday, when they travel to Boston to face Milan Lucic and the Bruins. Sunday’s coverage also features an interconference Original Six contest at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Rangers visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between the Rangers and Red Wings. Emrick and McGuire will be on the call for Red Wings-Bruins on the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday.

This week’s coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning host Tyler Ennis and the Buffalo Sabres.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins one hour prior to puck drop of Sabres-Lightning and Rangers-Red Wings. Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will host this week’s coverage alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. NHL insider Bob McKenzie will join NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage to provide the latest in-depth news from around the league.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – RANGERS-RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Rangers and Red Wings face off for their second Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup this season. On Nov. 5, Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but New York’s Derick Brassard scored 1:50 into the extra session to give the Rangers a 4-3 overtime win. New York (38-17-6, 82 pts) and Detroit (35-15-11, 81 pts) enter this week both battling for positioning in their respective divisions.

The Rangers lost to Philadelphia 4-2 on Saturday night on NBC, their first regulation loss three weeks, and sit two points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders. Detroit trails Tampa Bay by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division, and enters Wednesday night’s game following a 4-1-1 western swing, which included wins at Chicago, San Jose and Nashville.

Rick Nash currently ranks second in the NHL with 37 goals scored, four shy of his career high. In addition, Wednesday night’s matchup will likely feature newly-acquired players for both teams. The Rangers acquired defenseman Keith Yandle, who is tied for second amongst all defensemen in assists (37), from the Arizona Coyotes, while the Red Wings acquired veteran forward Erik Cole, a member of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes, and veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky.

NHL GAME OF THE WEEK – RED WINGS-BRUINS – SUNDAY AT NOON ET ON NBC

The Red Wings’ week concludes in Boston on Sunday on NBC, as the Bruins look to hold on to the second and final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston (31-22-9, 71 pts) enters the week following wins in three of its last four games, including back-to-back wins against New Jersey and Arizona last weekend. Boston also made an addition at the trade deadline, acquiring forward Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins boast eight players with at least 10 goals, including defensemen Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug.

Sunday’s game marks the fourth of five matchups between the Red Wings and Bruins this season. Each team has won once in regulation, and Boston earned an extra point in the season series via a 3-2 shootout win on Oct. 15.

RANGERS-BLACKHAWKS – SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Sunday’s coverage continues on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Rangers travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. Chicago (37-21-5, 79 pts) earned back-to-back wins in a home-and-home series with the Florida Panthers last week, but fell 4-0 to the Lightning on Friday night. The Blackhawks are in third place in the Central Division, three points ahead of Winnipeg and six points behind St. Louis. The Blackhawks, who face Carolina on Monday night, also made additions prior to the trade deadline, acquiring center Antoine Vermette from Arizona, and defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia. Team captain Jonathan Toews leads all active Blackhawks with 50 points (19g/31a), and has scored a goal in three of his last four games.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

SABRES-LIGHTNING – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Sabres visit the Lightning tomorrow night on NBCSN, as Tampa Bay looks to keep pace in the competitive Atlantic Division. The Lightning (38-20-6, 82 pts) trail Eastern Conference-leading Montreal by five points, and open a three-game homestand tomorrow night against teams currently out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay bolstered its defensive corps on Monday prior to the trade deadline, adding defenseman Braydon Coburn in a deal with Philadelphia.

Rick Peckham (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Following is this week’s NHL telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Games are subject to local blackout.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., March 3 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Original Six (Encore) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10s (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., March 4 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – N.Y. Rangers at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 8 NHL Game of the Week – Detroit at Boston NBC Noon
N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL coverage NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social Unveil Trade Deadline Coverage Plans

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NHL Network U.S., NHL.com to Simulcast Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Trade Deadline to U.S. Fans

Fans Can Follow the Action via Official Hashtag #NHLtrade

NEW YORK (February 27, 2015) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline™. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, March 2, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions.

NHL.com
NHL.com provides a one-stop destination to follow all the activity on the day of the NHL Trade Deadline. U.S. viewers can stream Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Trade Deadline coverage live online, while all fans can get trade alerts, view the list of completed deals, read articles, watch exclusive analysis videos and chat with NHL.com writers and NHL Network talent about all the day’s developments. At 5 p.m. ET, don’t miss NHL Network’s 2015 Trade Deadline Digital Recap Show, as E.J. Hradek, John MacLean and Mike Rupp break down all the trades. For the first time ever, the NHL app will feature a trade tracker to offer fans real-time updates.

NHL Network
Starting at 8 a.m. ET on March 2, NHL Network in the U.S. will simulcast Hockey Central Trade Deadline. From Stanley Cup® winners to former NHL GMs, executives and Hall of Famers, Sportsnet’s extraordinary broadcast team will ensure the action is covered from every angle:

Main Desk –Host Daren Millard will be joined by Mike Johnson, Nick Kypreos and Kelly Hrudey to navigate a day’s worth of news

Breaking News Desk – Christine Simpson will be joined by Elliotte Friedman, Chris Johnston and John Shannon to deliver the latest trades and rumors

Reaction Panel – Jeff Marek will referee the expert panel of Glenn Healy, Doug MacLean, Darren Pang and Craig Simpson as they debate and discuss the big moves

Analytics – Damien Cox will dissect the trades of the day, using analytics to explain the ins and outs of each trade and how each player fulfills a team’s needs

In the Hot Seat George Stroumboulopoulos will provide insightful interviews and discussions throughout the day

Digital Zone – Sophia Jurksztowicz will keep a pulse on the fan reaction on social media

Around the League –Sportsnet’s comprehensive network of reporters will check in from across the League to share reactions in real-time
NHL Network’s full breakdown of the day’s transactions will begin at 6 p.m. ET with NHL Tonight™: 2014-15 Trade Deadline Day Recap Show, hosted by Mike Kelly and analyst Craig Button from the NHL Network’s studios in Toronto. Starting at 10 p.m. ET, NHL Tonight 2014-15 Trade Deadline Day with Mark Roe and Kevin Weekes will recap the day of trades and deliver highlights from the NHL action on the ice.

NHL Network-U.S. Schedule for 2015 NHL Trade Deadline
All Times Eastern

Monday, March 2
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Trade Deadline (U.S. only)
6 p.m. NHL Tonight™: 2014-15 Trade Deadline Day Recap Show
10 p.m. NHL Tonight 2014-15 Trade Deadline Day

NHL Social
The NHL Social™ team will provide fans with up to date information on official trade announcements and editorial coverage on Twitter (@NHL), Facebook (NHL), and Snapchat (‘NHL’). Fans, media, and broadcasters are encouraged to join in the conversation with the official hashtag #NHLtrade across social media. 

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