Notes And Quotes – 2014 NHL Winter Classic Maple Leafs-Red Wings On NBC

WC14_Primary_nhlToronto Defeats Detroit 3-2 in Shootout at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor

“You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.” – Doc Emrick

“It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.” Eddie Olczyk

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 1, 2014 – NBC Sports presented the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. this afternoon. More than 100,000 fans were on hand at Michigan Stadium to see the Maple Leafs defeat the Red Wings, by a score of 3-2 in a shootout, in a game played outdoors in 13-degree weather.

Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) opened the broadcast and was followed by NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick at ice level. Emmy Award-winning “Inside-the-Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire and NHL Live analyst Keith Jones conducted pregame interviews with Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg from inside the team’s respective locker rooms.

Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and McGuire joined Emrick for the call of the game rink-side at Michigan Stadium, marking the first broadcast of an NHL game at ice level in NBC Sports history. McHugh, Milbury, Roenick and Jones provided analysis during intermissions and postgame. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was on hand to provide live weather updates.

In addition to the Winter Classic, NBC Sports provided live coverage of the final roster announcements for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey Teams, which took place during second intermission and following the game, respectively.

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team: http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/323914?referrer_id=752796

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team:
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Following are highlights from today’s coverage of the NHL Winter Classic on NBC:

PREGAME

Emrick: “This is a throwback to old times. We have professional athletes wearing an extra layer of clothing just like they did when they were kids. One difference is their mom called them in for dinner, and that ended the game. This one is governed by referees and a clock. You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.”

Milbury: “A long time before the adults got a hold of this game…10- and 12-year-old kids played on ponds in towns like mine in Walpole, Mass., hung out and challenged kids from other ponds. That’s where competition was born, and that’s where hockey’s spirit was born.”

Roenick: “This is what it’s all about. Feel the wind, look at the snow…I remember my mom and dad used to ring the cow bell to get me to come home. They had to do it about four or five times…we loved it.”

Olczyk: “It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.”

FIRST PERIOD

Emrick: “It’s interesting – there is a bulldozer available, however, it is buried beneath the ice surface at the near-side faceoff circle near us. When they were building this place in 1926, there was heavy rain on a Friday afternoon, the crew got mad and went home because of all the mud. When they came back on Monday, the bulldozer was almost completely submerged in water. So they filled in around it, and it remains down there beneath the floor of old Michigan Stadium.”

Olczyk: “I would anticipate that both of these coaches have told their power play units, ‘You get an opportunity, let it go – shoot the puck.’ Fancy’s not going to work on this ice surface right now.”

FIRST INTERMISSION

Milbury on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “You’ve got to see a lot of the same things we saw four years ago, and that’s great goaltending by (Ryan) Miller and/or (Jonathan) Quick, and a good attitude towards team defense.

Jones on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “Leadership is critically important. They’re loaded with captains – David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers…there will be plenty of guys to get them in the right direction.”

SECOND PERIOD

Emrick: “I’m sure it can be grim business for the players, but the drama of this game is sure fun. Is it fun when you’re out there in the midst of it?”

Olczyk: “Any time you can have that privilege to play in the greatest league in the world, for sure. But in this environment, there’s no doubt…you don’t think a lot about it when you’re playing, but when you’re sitting there watching and looking around, that’s where you can really soak it in”

THIRD PERIOD, OVERTIME & SHOOTOUT

Emrick on Michigan State alum Justin Abdelkader’s game-tying goal: “On the campus of the University of Michigan, there’s one for State.”

Emrick following overtime: “What a frantic finish here at The Big House in Ann Arbor! 65 minutes, 69 shots fired, four in. Two aside, and the shootout will be coming.”

Emrick: Normally reserved for the end of the year, or the end of a playoff series in particular, mutual congratulations for quite an event here this afternoon, and how hard it was played.”

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

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NBC Presents 2014 NHL Winter Classic Wednesday As Red Wings Host Maple Leafs On New Year’s Day In Front Of Anticipated World-Record Crowd

nbc-sports-groupMike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports History

“Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of.” – Olczyk

“This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.” – McGuire

 “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.” – Emrick on Broadcast Location

NBCSN’s NHL Coverage Begins Tonight at 8 p.m. ET with Kings-Blackhawks, Continues Sunday with Sharks-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET

Notre Dame Faces Boston College in Outdoor College Hockey Action from Fenway Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 30, 2013 – Storied NHL franchises will clash in front of an expected world-record crowd on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from historic Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. NBCSN’s NHL coverage continues tonight with Kings-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Sharks-Blackhawks Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports history.

NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

Following are quotes from today’s Winter Classic media conference call:

Eddie Olczyk: “Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of…Original Six matchup, which I think really takes this game to another level…I played three-and-a-half years in Toronto, played in this rivalry between the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings, so that adds to the beauty of this game.”

Olczyk on historic aspect of Winter Classic: “For some of these players, certainly knowing the history of the Big House and what it’s like to see a college football game in Ann Arbor, and (to) have the opportunity to play in front of 100,000 people in a venue like that…that’s what makes this game and this day so unique. You’re going into places that have an unbelievable history.”

Doc Emrick on calling game at ice level: “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.”

Emrick: “Any time you bring it up to any one of the players, immediately there’s a smile and a sense of excitement…you can read it on their faces, and you can get a sense that this is a day that they’ll never forget.”

Pierre McGuire: “This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.”

McGuire on matchup: “I’m looking forward to the young star power of Toronto with Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk, and the quick-strike offense that they’re capable of providing…you look at the Detroit Red Wings…you still have Pavel Datsyuk, you just got Henrik Zetterberg back, and you’ve got two dynamic forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.”

McGuire on hosting the Winter Classic at a football stadium: “I remember the football environment from Heinz Field…I remember after the first period…skating off the ice to do an interview with Sidney Crosby, the noise was cascading down on us…you could actually feel the ice shaking.”

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The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

NBCSN’s NHL coverage begins tonight 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill. NBCSN’s Sunday night NHL coverage begins Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET, when the Blackhawks host Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks. Emrick and McGuire will have the call from Chicago on Sunday night.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present outdoor college hockey on Saturday evening, when No. 13 Notre Dame faces No. 7 Boston College at Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks and Sharks-Blackhawks matchups, the Winter Classic, both alumni games, and Notre Dame-Boston College.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN tonight, and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday prior to Sharks-Blackhawks. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live on Monday with Jones and Milbury, and McHugh will host NHL Live on Sunday with Jones and Roenick.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Notre Dame at Boston College (Fenway Park) NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., January 5 NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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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2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic By The Numbers

WC14_Primary_nhl2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® BY THE NUMBERS

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Dec. 30, 2013) – A look at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® “By the Numbers.”

0        Per stadium policy, zero bags are allowed into Michigan Stadium, including all bags, backpacks, purses, camera and binocular cases, etc.; fans should plan on leaving bags and purses locked in the trunk of their vehicle.

1                Cable cam that will be used in network coverage by NBC and CBC

4        Of the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 were NHL Winter Classic games

4.5        Approximate drive, in hours, between Toronto and Detroit by car

7        Number of times the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have faced off in the Stanley Cup Final (1936, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1963, and 1964)

10        Most number of goals teams have combined to score in a single NHL Winter Classic, six of which were scored by the Red Wings in their 6-4 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

11        Detroit Stanley Cup Championships (since 1918); one has come in a Final against Toronto

13        Toronto Stanley Cup championships (since 1918); six of which have come by defeating Detroit in the Final

15        Number of satellite uplink trucks on site to cover the event

18        Number of NHL corporate and broadcast partners activating at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza, a free, interactive hockey and entertainment fan festival, open to the public at 9 a.m. ET on game day

23        Playoff meetings between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings (Toronto has a 12-11 series edge)

31                The combined number of Grammy and Juno awards won by the musicians that have performed at the NHL Winter Classic since 2009, including James Taylor, Patti LaBelle, the Zac Brown Band and more (15 Grammy Awards, 16 Juno Awards)

39.1        Average temperature in Fahrenheit at puck drop for the five NHL Winter Classics (2008 – 31.1°, 2009 – 31.9°, 2010 – 39.6°, 2011 – 51.7°, 2012 – 41°)

43        Most shots by one team in an NHL Winter Classic, recorded by the Red Wings at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009

53        Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for the NHL Winter Classic

82        Broadcast cameras (all networks) that will capture all the NHL Winter Classic action at Michigan Stadium, including a cable cam, an airplane cam, and, for the first time ever, a rink-side camera cart

96        Rows of seats at Michigan Stadium

145        Players that have worn both the famed Maple Leaf and Winged Wheel

160-plus        Approximate number of countries and territories that will carry the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® game broadcast

230                Approximate number of miles that separate Toronto and Detroit

276        Number of wins for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings in their 645 regular-season meetings since 1926-27

300                Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Michigan Stadium

350                Gallons of paint used to make the Michigan Stadium ice white

645         Number of times, prior to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have met in the regular season since 1926-27

646        Total number of points earned by Maple Leafs in their 645 meetings vs. the Red Wings

648        Total number of points earned by the Red Wings in their 645 meetings vs. the Maple Leafs

1927        Year Michigan Stadium, the largest college football stadium in the country, was completed, initially seating 72,000 fans

1,846        Concessions staff manning the food and beverage outlets at Michigan Stadium during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

1955        Year that the official capacity for Michigan Stadium topped 100,000 for the first time

2003        Year the Heritage Classic was played in Edmonton between the Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, the first regular season NHL outdoor game in history

2008        The year the first NHL Winter Classic was played in Buffalo between the Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins, with Sidney Crosby netting the game-winner in a shootout

3,000                Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Michigan Stadium rink

3,688                Gallons of hot chocolate expected to be brewed at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1*

14,150        Pretzels projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

38,450        Hot Dogs projected to be purchased by fans during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®*

104,173        The largest confirmed audience for a game of ice hockey, which is the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, set at “The Big Chill at the Big House” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11, 2010; the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is anticipated to host a potential world record-setting crowd on Jan. 1.

175,000        The estimated value, in dollars, of the resources and materials the NHL and Detroit Red Wings Foundation, in conjunction with DTE Energy, Johnson Controls, and York, funded in upgrades and renovations to the outdoor rink operated by the Clark Park Coalition, a recreation center in Detroit. The donation to Clark Park’s rink was part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative.

250,000        Approximate number of visitors expected to visit downtown Detroit and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™, an outdoor celebration of hockey held at Comerica Park in partnership with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

265,226        Total spectators in attendance at the first five NHL Winter Classics

*According to Sodexo, the food service provider for Michigan Stadium

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Detroit Red Wings Host Toronto Maple Leafs Before 100,000+ Fans On New Year’s Day In 2014 NHL Winter Classic On NBC

nbc-sports-groupWorld-Record Crowd of 100,000+ Anticipated for Original Six Clash at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports Broadcast-Television History

Winter Classic Media Conference Call with Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and Executive Producer Sam Flood Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET

NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick On-Site From “The Big House”

Team USA Men’s and Women’s Hockey Rosters to Be Announced

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Two storied NHL franchises will face off at one of college football’s most historic stadiums in front of more than 100,000 fans on New Year’s Day, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Games on New Year’s Eve, a pre-Olympic exhibition game in women’s hockey between Team USA and Team Canada on Saturday, Dec. 28, and a matchup of the previous two Stanley Cup winners on Monday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports broadcast-television history.

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NHL WINTER CLASSIC CONFERENCE CALL – MONDAY, DEC. 30 AT 1 P.M. ET

Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire and executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming NHL Winter Classic on a media conference call Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 719-325-2458; Passcode: 7161389.

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NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions.

In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the NHL Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The NHL Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

On Saturday, Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. ET, Team USA faces Team Canada in a pre-Olympic women’s exhibition game on NBCSN. Last Friday, Team USA defeated Team Canada, by a score of 4-1, for their second straight victory against their rivals to the north. Dave Strader will provide play-by-play action alongside former Team USA members A.J. Mlezcko (analyst) and Natalie Darwitz (analyst), from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage next week begins Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks matchup, the NHL Winter Classic, both alumni games and the Team USA-Team Canada pre-Olympic exhibition game.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., December 28 Team USA vs. Team Canada – Women’s Exhibition NBCSN 4 p.m.
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Episode 1, 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road To The NHL Winter Classic

nhl-logoHBO SPORTS® AND THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE JOIN FORCES FOR

24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC,

A FOUR-EPISODE, ALL-ACCESS SERIES

DEBUTING SATURDAY, DEC. 14 ON HBO

          HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, again joins forces with the National Hockey League for the all-access reality series 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, debuting SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

Episode #1

Debut: SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (4:30 a.m.), 15 (8:30 a.m.), 16 (5:30 p.m., 2:25 a.m.), 17 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), 18 (5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 19 (midnight), 20 (11:45 p.m.) and 21 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 15 (midnight), 20 (9:00 p.m.) and 30 (11:30 a.m.)

Head coaches Mike Babcock of the Red Wings and Randy Carlyle of the Maple Leafs, along with a host of key players, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through busy December schedules.

For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day.

With 17 Sports Emmys®, “24/7” is the most-honored sports series of the past six years. At the 2012 Sports Emmy® Awards, the series received the Dick Schaap Writing Award for “24/7 Flyers/Rangers,” the third Sports Emmy® for the “24/7” NHL franchise. Launched in 2007, the earliest editions of “24/7” were devoted to boxing.

The executive producer of 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

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Claude Giroux And Philadelphia Flyers Visit Henrik Zetterberg And Detroit Red Wings On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl-nbc-rivalryGame Coverage Begins with Flyers-Wild Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Continues on NBCSN with Stars-Blackhawks Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET

No. 11 Notre Dame Hosts Massachusetts in College Hockey Doubleheader Beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 2, 2013 – NBCSN’s NHL regular-season coverage continues this week with three matchups, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins on NBCSN tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when the Flyers visit the Minnesota Wild, and continues with Stars-Blackhawks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Wednesday night’s matchup between the Flyers and Red Wings marks Philadelphia’s second visit to Detroit this season. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall each added a goal and two assists, as the Red Wings beat the Flyers 5-2 on Oct. 13. The Flyers have recorded at least a point in nine of their last 11 games, while the Red Wings enter Wednesday’s action riding a four-game winning streak.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET when Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild host the Flyers. Emrick and McGuire will provide live commentary from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

Coverage continues on Tuesday when Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars travel to Chicago to face Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and McGuire will have the call from the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour prior to this week’s games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones prior to Flyers-Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live with Milbury and Jones on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present a college hockey doubleheader this weekend when No. 11 Notre Dame hosts Massachusetts on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will provide commentary from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Flyers-Wild, Stars-Blackhawks, Flyers-Red Wings matchups, as well as both Notre Dame-Massachusetts games.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Wed., December 4 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 6 Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6 p.m.
Massachusetts at No. 11 Notre Dame NBCSN 6:30 p.m.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

In addition to its coverage of the opening week of the NHL’s 2013-14 regular season, NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive pre-game and post-game coverage, the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL Stadium Series, and new shoulder programming.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Rogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and Multimedia Agreement

nhl-logoRogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and Multimedia Agreement

          – Adds value to fans with more games, more content, more choice and more flexibility -
     - Positions Sportsnet to become Canada’s #1 sports media brand -
 - Bolsters Rogers’ sports offerings and leadership across all platforms -

TORONTO (November 26, 2013) — Rogers Communications and the National Hockey League today announced a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.  The agreement, the largest media rights deal in League history, begins with the 2014-15 season and continues through the 2025-26 season.  This marks the first time a premium North American-wide sports league has granted all of its national (Canadian) rights to one company on a long-term basis.

Rogers also announced today it has selected CBC and TVA for separate sub-licensing deals for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and all national French-language multimedia rights, respectively.

The agreement is subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors at its meeting on December 9-10.

“Sports content is a key strategic asset and we’ve been investing significantly to strengthen our sports offering to Canadians,” said Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications. “Canadians are passionate about hockey, and through this landmark partnership with the NHL we’ll be able to bring hockey fans more games and more content on their platform of choice.”

“Our fans always want to explore deeper and more emotional connections to NHL hockey, and that is precisely what Rogers has promised to deliver over the next 12 years – channeling the reach of its platforms and the intensity of its passion for the game into an unparalleled viewing experience,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “The NHL is extremely excited about the power and potential of this groundbreaking partnership.”

Canadians will receive more NHL games than ever before through Rogers’ wireless and cable assets, promotional vehicles, and diverse media assets – including City and all Sportsnet platforms. Highlights of the agreement include:

·  National rights across TV broadcasts, TV Everywhere, wireless and mobile tablets, Internet streaming, terrestrial and satellite radio, and out-of-home;
·  National rights to all regular season games, all playoff games and the Stanley Cup Final, and all special events and non-game events (i.e. NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft) – in all languages;
·  Out-of-market rights for all regional games;
·  Ownership of all linear and digital highlights, including condensed games and video archives;
·  NHL broadcast assets: Rogers to operate NHL Centre Ice and NHL Game Centre Live;
·  Sponsorship rights to the NHL Shield logo as an official partner of the NHL; and
·  Canadian representation of ad sales for NHL.com.

“Our vision is to build on the NHL’s legacy in Canada with an emphasis on storytelling, innovation, and technology — weaving the NHL, its teams and its stars even deeper into the fabric of Canadian culture,” said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media.  “Today’s announcement significantly increases the value of our premium Sportsnet brand and reinforces our commitment to making Sportsnet the #1 sports media brand in Canada.”

Rogers will provide multiple game coverage on up to nine TV channels plus digital and radio on any given night (see “Sample Saturday Night” addendum).  Expanded pre- and post-game coverage, behind-the-scenes access, profiles of the league’s Top 50 stars, first-to-market production technology, a state-of-the-art high-tech studio, and a Hockey Production Centre of Excellence will give Canadians a new way to experience the NHL like never before (see “Programming & Production Philosophy” addendum).

Today’s announcement strengthens Rogers’ sports leadership in Canada and complements the company’s existing NHL alliances.  Sportsnet is the regional broadcaster of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks, producing and airing 264 regional games per year (see “Fact Sheet” addendum).  Rogers has a 37.5% equity stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, 100% ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre stadium, strategic partnerships with the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, and long-term media agreements with the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS, NCAA, Rogers Cup, UFC, international soccer, and more.

This agreement is net present value positive for Rogers’ shareholders – it is expected to be accretive to Rogers Media operating profit from the outset and significantly, will yield additional benefits to the cable and wireless operations. The financial terms comprise annual payments commencing at just over $300 million in the first year, with gradual annual escalations, increasing to approximately mid-$500 million in the final year of the contract term. These payments, together with an upfront payment amount of $150 million spread over the first two years of the contract,
will amount to $5.2 billion in total payments to the NHL over the 12-year term. The annual rights costs will be offset by consideration received under the CBC and TVA sub-licenses referenced above.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Risks and Assumptions: This  release  includes “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable  securities  laws  and  assumptions concerning the closing of an acquisition   as  detailed  above.  We  caution  that  all  forward-looking information is inherently subject to change and uncertainty and that actual results  may  differ  materially  from  those  expressed  or implied by the forward-looking  information.  A  number  of risks, uncertainties and other factors  could  cause  actual  results and events to differ materially from those  expressed  or  implied  in  the forward-looking information or could cause   our  current  objectives,  strategies  and  intentions  to  change, including  but  not  limited  to approvals by the NHL’s Board of Governors.

Many  of  these  factors  are beyond our control and current expectation or knowledge.  Should  one  or  more  of  these  risks, uncertainties or other factors  materialize,  our  objectives, strategies or intentions change, or any other factors or assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove  incorrect, our actual results and our plans could vary significantly from  what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn investors to exercise caution  when considering statements containing forward-looking information and  that  it  would be unreasonable to rely on such statements as creating legal  rights  regarding  our  future  results  or  plans.  We are under no obligation  (and  we   expressly  disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter any statements containing forward-looking information, the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events  or otherwise, except as required by law. All of the forward-looking information  in  this  release  is  qualified  by the cautionary statements herein.

“NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” To Offer The Most Comprehensive Behind-The-Scenes Look Ever At The League’s Top Stars

nhl-logo  “NHL REVEALED: A SEASON LIKE NO OTHER” TO OFFER THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE
           BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK EVER AT THE LEAGUE’S TOP STARS

Seven-Part Series on NBCSN and CBC Will Follow More Than Two Dozen Top
Players Before, During & After Their Participation in the 2014 Coors Light
NHL Stadium Series™ Games, XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia,
and Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™

NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2013) – National Hockey League fans will get an up-close, all-access look at many of their favorite stars with the upcoming “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” that will begin in mid-January on NBCSN (Jan. 22) and CBC (Jan. 23) and re-broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet (Jan.26). The joint announcement was made today by the NHL®, NHLPA, NBCSN and CBC.

NHL Revealed™ is a seven-part series that will  tell the stories of more than two dozen of the League’s top stars – on and off the ice – as they participate in 2013-14 regular-season games, including the four 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games and the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™.  Additionally, the cameras will follow the stars to Sochi and
back in February.

The series is being produced by Toronto-based Bristow Global Media Inc. and its principal, Julie Bristow with Ross Greenburg as an executive producer on behalf of the NHL. Bristow is a former executive at CBC whose duties included overseeing production of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and creating and producing other top CBC programming. Greenburg, the former HBO Sports President and winner of more than 50 Sports Emmys, served as executive producer of HBO’s initial “24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic.” Steve Mayer, the Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of IMG Productions, also is serving as an executive producer on the series. Mayer oversees IMG Productions’ entire New York-based production unit, which produces hundreds of hours of television each year.

The series will air on NBCSN in the U.S. on Jan. 22; Jan. 29; Feb. 5; Feb. 27 (two hours); Mar. 5 and Mar. 12 and CBC in Canada on Jan. 23; Jan. 30; Feb. 6; Feb. 27 (two hours); Mar. 6 and Mar. 13. Sportsnet further extends audience reach of the Series in Canada with re-broadcasts on Jan. 26; Feb. 2; Feb. 23; Mar. 2 (two hours); Mar. 9 and Mar. 16.

“‘NHL Revealed’ is all about answering our fans’ demand for more great content and our partners’ demand for new ways to engage with our fans,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins.  “Julie Bristow and Ross Greenburg are  accomplished storytellers who can weave a compelling narrative through seven episodes by following our top players and highlighting the subplots and storylines that are sure to emerge. The access our clubs and players are generously providing is what will make this a great series.”

The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games begin on Jan. 25, 2014, when the Anaheim Ducks face the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium (9:30 p.m. EST, NBCSN/CBC). The first of two Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games at Yankee Stadium follows on Sunday, Jan. 26 when the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils (12:30 p.m. EST, NBC/CBC). The Rangers battle the New York Islanders three days later on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Yankee Stadium (7:30 p.m. EST, NBCSN/TSN).

Following the NHL’s participation in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game in Chicago is on March 1 when the Pittsburgh Penguins square off against the defending Stanley Cup® champion Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field (8 p.m. EST, NBC).

The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ wraps up this dramatic run of signature events on March 2 in Vancouver, B.C., when the Vancouver Canucks host the Ottawa Senators (4 p.m. EST, NBCSN/CBC).

Players expected to be featured in “NHL Revealed” include Sidney Crosby of the Penguins; Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks; brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks; John Tavares of the Islanders; and goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Jonathan Quick of the Kings.

One compelling narrative will be watching teammates play together in classic rivalry games at iconic venues such as Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium, then become opponents during the Sochi Games and, finally, reunite to begin the march to the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs.

“The lives of NHL Players will be shown through the ‘NHL Revealed’ series which will capture intriguing storylines that sports fans will enjoy,” said Steve Webb, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative. “The uniqueness in this seven-part-series is that not only will it feature the players’ experiences in regular season games, including five outdoor games, but fans will also get to see the exciting road to the Olympic Games in Sochi where many teammates will become competitors as they play for their home countries.”

Over two months, the production’s cameras will take fans to places they have never seen before. Players will be featured from all nine teams participating in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games and Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ as well as NHL standouts from throughout the League representing their home countries at the Sochi Games.

“’NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other’ will provide viewers with an all-access pass into the lives of NHL stars through an unprecedented series of high- stakes events”, said Bristow. “The combination of both spectacular and deeply personal moments will reveal the strength and sacrifice required as these athletes journey through an extraordinary year of competition.”

“This is a unique time for the NHL,” Greenburg said. “And there is a unique opportunity to tell some terrific stories in a non-linear way, checking in with the game’s best players before, during and after these key games and key moments. The all-access look will help capture the best moments of their journeys and give our viewers the chance to experience those moments with their favorite players.”

The Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games follow the success of the wildly popular Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, which, since its inception in 2008, has attracted overflow crowds to such iconic venues such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park and generated record regular-season television viewership.

The regular-season outdoor NHL® games first made their way into the schedule in 2003 when the initial NHL Heritage Classic™ was played in Edmonton. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Michigan Stadium on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is expected to surpass the previous all-time hockey game attendance record of 104,173 set at a Michigan-Michigan State game there in 2010.

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2014 NHL STADIUM SERIES PROGRAMMING CHANGE

nhl-logoBlackhawks-Penguins from Soldier Field Moves to NBC in Primetime

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 14, 2013 – The 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., will now air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The game was originally scheduled to air on NBCSN.

This marks the first time since NBC re-acquired NHL rights in 2006 that a regular-season game has been scheduled for primetime on NBC. The 2011 NHL Winter Classic aired in primetime because weather prevented the game from being played at its regularly-scheduled time in the afternoon.

Penguins-Blackhawks will be the fourth and final game in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, and the second time Chicago has hosted a regular-season outdoor NHL game (2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field). The Penguins will be participating in their third regular-season outdoor NHL game since 2008 (2008 NHL Winter Classic and 2011 NHL Winter Classic).

Coverage of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, which consists of four outdoor games in addition to the NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic, begins on Saturday, January 25 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings face off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series (all times ET):

DATE TEAMS STADIUM NETWORK TIME
January 25, 2014 Ducks-Kings Dodger Stadium NBCSN 10 p.m.
January 26, 2014 Rangers-Devils Yankee Stadium NBC 1 p.m.
January 29, 2014 Rangers-Islanders Yankee Stadium NBCSN 7 p.m.
March 1, 2014 Blackhawks-Penguins Soldier Field NBC 8 p.m.

–NBC SPORTS–

Bob Costas Goes One-On-One With Bobby Orr On Costas Tonight

Costas TonightCostas’ In-Depth Sit-Down with Orr Debuts Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN Following Rangers-Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET

“Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux go down with Gordie Howe as our greatest players. But in my mind, they’re not knocking Gordie out of that number one spot.” – Orr on Greatest All-Time NHL Player Debate

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 14, 2013 – Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of hockey, two-time Stanley Cup Champion and legendary NHL defenseman Bobby Orr sits down with 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas for the newest edition of Costas Tonight, to debut on Tuesday, November 19, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Orr made his debut with the Boston Bruins in 1966, where he played 10 of his 12 NHL seasons. Orr is recognized for revolutionizing the game of hockey, specifically the position of defenseman, where he used his speed and skill to shatter offensive records. He remains the only defenseman to have won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in points, a feat he accomplished twice (1969-70, 1974-75), and won eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenseman (1967-1975).

Orr’s most decorated season came during the 1969-70 campaign, when he won the Art Ross (most points), Norris (best defenseman), Hart (MVP), and Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) trophies. His historic season was punctuated by one of the most famous goals in NHL history in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, when Orr scored 40 seconds into overtime to complete Boston’s sweep of the St. Louis Blues. Orr was tripped as he scored the goal, sending him flying across the ice to create one of the most iconic images in hockey history, simply known as “The Goal,” which is also pictured on the cover of his new book entitled Orr: My Story.

Following are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Orr:

Orr on retiring at age 30 due to injuries: “There was an emptiness. I wasn’t going crazy or anything, but I certainly missed it…it bothered (me) when they took my skates.”

Orr on his first NHL game against Gordie Howe: “I might have kind of bumped Gordie the way I shouldn’t have, but a little later in the game, I’m watching my pretty pass over my shoulder, and next thing I know I’m on the ice, and it’s Mr. Howe that hit me. I think he wanted to let me know, ‘Don’t do that. I’m still around, the big guy is still around.’”

Orr on Gordie Howe as best all-time NHL player: “I say Gretzky was a great player, was a wonderful player. And Wayne and Mario Lemieux, they’ll go down with Gordie as two of our greatest players. But in my mind, they’re not knocking Gordie out of that number one spot.”

Orr on golfing legend Arnold Palmer: “Arnold Palmer was probably the best pro I’ve ever seen. Don’t tell me you can’t be a great player in a sport and still be a nice guy. Check with Arnold, he’s the best.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–