Boston Bruins-New York Rangers Rivalry Celebrated in 2013 Discover NHL Thanksgiving National Marketing Campaign

nhl-logoBobby Farrelly Directs Promotional Spots for New York Rangers-Boston Bruins Game on Friday, November 29 on NBC

Campaign Features Bruins Legend Cam Neely and Rangers Legend Mike Richter

Commercial Debuts Tonight During Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN

NEW YORK - October 30, 2013 - NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the NHL (National Hockey League), enlisted Hollywood director Bobby Farrelly for its multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Original Six match-up of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins on Friday, November 29 at 1pm ET on NBC. The campaign, which includes three 30-second TV commercials and an extended version to run online, will debut during tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry broadcast, featuring the Bruins and the Penguins, at 8 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.

Farrelly, whose film credits include “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber,” directed this year’s TV and digital campaign in which family relatives from Boston and New York carry their personal Bruins-Rangers rivalry to Thanksgiving dinner. The TV campaign was shot in Boston, and features NHL greats Cam Neely and Mike Richter.

“The goal is to celebrate the holiday, and the historic rivalry between the Bruins-Rangers,” said Bill Bergofin, Senior Vice President, Marketing , NBC Sports Group. “The campaign is a light hearted look at a typical Thanksgiving dinner, in the home of a passionate NHL family. Bobby Farrelly’s sense of humor and his love of the Boston Bruins, made him the perfect director for this project.”
 
“Getting into debates with extended family members during the holidays – especially among passionate sports fans – is an insight and truth about Thanksgiving that everyone can relate to,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Marketing Officer. “Inserting the intensity of the Bruins-Rangers rivalry into the spirit of a family Thanksgiving was irresistible. And with Bobby Farrelly’s ties to Boston, his love of the Bruins and his track record as a director of hit comedies, he brought a lot to developing the concept and comedy.”

“I’m a hockey nut. So when the NHL and NBC approached me to direct the commercial and said it would feature Cam Neely and Mike Richter, I was flattered,” said Farrelly. “It was a pleasure to work with two hockey greats to promote a game featuring two legendary teams, including my beloved Bruins.”

Three 30-second TV spots, two 15-second commercials and a two-minute extended version will run across the broadcast, digital and social media platforms of the NHL, NHL Network, and NBC Sports Group.

The creative was developed collaboratively by the NHL and NBC Sports Group, in consultation with Farrelly and production company, Rabbit.

In additional promotion for this game, Neely, Richter and a to-be-announced musical performer will ride aboard the Discover/NHL 36 feet long by 20 feet wide “Frozen Fall Fun” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on Thursday, Nov. 28. The float also will feature a synthetic ice rink with kids skating, a 12 foot tall turkey that serves as a hockey goal, plus an assortment of colorful fall décor.

 
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Sidney Crosby And Pittsburgh Penguins Host Zdeno Chara And Boston Bruins On Wednesday Night Rivalry

nhl_nbc_2Bob Costas Goes One-On-One with Sidney Crosby on Costas Tonight Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Rivals Features Bruins-Penguins Tuesday
at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s Game Coverage Begins with Canadiens-Rangers on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Lightning-Devils on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET

NHL Live Starts One Hour Before All Games

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 28, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues its NHL regular-season coverage this week with three matchups, highlighted by a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals when the Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of Bruins-Penguins begins Tuesday with the latest episode of NHL Rivals at 10:30 p.m. ET, followed by Bob Costas’ sit-down with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the latest installment of Costas Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Bruins and Penguins is their first meeting since Boston swept Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals in June, holding the Penguins to just two goals in four games. The Penguins currently lead the Metropolitan Division, while the Bruins sit two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division lead.

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 the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. Emrick and McGuire will call the live action from Madison Square Garden in New York.

NBCSN’s NHL game coverage continues on Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., October 28 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., October 22 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Bruins/Penguins NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Costas Tonight – Sidney Crosby NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., October 23 NHL Rivals – Bruins/Penguins (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Boston at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Costas Tonight – Sidney Crosby (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.

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 Canadiens-Rangers, Lightning-Devils, and Bruins-Penguins matchups.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins one hour before all games on NBCSN. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

COSTAS TONIGHT WITH SIDNEY CROSBY – 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Pittsburgh Penguins captain, 2009 Stanley Cup champion, and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby sits down with 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas for the newest edition of Costas Tonight, to debut on Tuesday, October 29 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of Costas Tonight on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET.

The interview was filmed in Suite 66 at the CONSOL Energy Center, an ice-level suite in the Penguins’ home arena which is themed to Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.

Following are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Crosby:

Crosby on his relationship with Lemieux: “He’s meant a lot. In my first year, (I) had the opportunity to live with him and learn a lot pretty early. I’m glad I had him around and had a chance to play with him…that made a big difference, especially early on.”

Crosby on overtime goal against Team USA in 2010 Vancouver Games to clinch gold medal: “Scoring an overtime-winning goal in your own country, playing for Canada, a country that’s so passionate about hockey – it’s pretty special…playing for Canada, we always know that expectations are high. But being in Canada, in the Winter Olympics, we knew we had to find a way.”

Crosby on Russian LGBT Laws and 2014 Sochi Games: “Growing up in Canada, that’s something I never even really thought about or discussed – it didn’t matter. Anyone had the opportunity to play a sport, and to go through that was something that was a learning experience for me. I never even thought that’s something that would come up.”

Crosby on his history with concussions: “I look back to the first time I came back from the concussion, and I almost overdid it.  I almost hit guys more than I typically would.  I went into those areas probably when I didn’t need to almost to prove to yourself that, ‘Hey, everything’s good.’”

NHL RIVALS – BRUINS-PENGUINS – TUESDAY, 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NHL Rivals, which debuts this week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, dovetails off of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry, which Forbes dubbed “the hottest new brand in sports.” This week’s episode will feature the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Highlights include the Bruins displeasure with Pittsburgh’s switch of colors to black and gold in 1979, Penguins defenseman Ulf Samuelsson’s hit on Bruins forward Cam Neely in 1991, the Jerome Iginla sweepstakes, and last season’s Eastern Conference Finals clash.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode of NHL Rivals.

Former Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on Penguins changing colors to Black and Gold in 1979: “The Penguins were going to hop on the ‘City of Champions’ bandwagon, and the Bruins said, ‘Not a chance.’ They hated the idea – ‘We’re black and gold, you’re not black and gold.”

Former Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque being beaten by former Penguins forward Mario Lemieux for his first NHL goal: “I remember having a great seat watching that goal. I just followed him in and assisted on his first NHL goal.”

Former Boston Bruin Lyndon Byers on Ulf Samuelsson hit on Cam Neely: “If I ever saw Ulf Samuelsson now, I don’t know if I’d punch him out. But I know that if we had bumped into each other in the summer after that playoff series, there would have been some lumping going on.”

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present live college hockey coverage this Friday with a Hockey East showdown, when Boston College hosts Northeastern at 8 p.m. ET. Dave Goucher (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will have the call from Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, All NBCSN games will be live streamed 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

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The National Hockey League, HBO Sports And Sportsnet Unite To Bring North Americans 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road To The NHL Winter Classic

nhl-logoA four-episode all-access series leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®
between the Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® debuts
Dec. 14 on HBO and Dec. 15 on Sportsnet

HBO 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

            NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2013 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports and John Collins, chief operating officer for the NHL. Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup, between Original Six™ rivals Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, this innovative four-episode, all-access reality series debuts SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The show follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The excitement surrounding 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.

Noted Bernstein, “Taking our ‘24/7’ reality series into the world of the National Hockey League has been a riveting experience that our subscribers have thoroughly enjoyed. The ‘24/7’ franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines and unrestricted access. The cooperation provided by the teams, coaches and players is the special ingredient that has made this program a landmark series.”

Said Collins, “HBO’s ‘24/7’ has been a game-changer for us. The wide-open access our clubs provide on and off the ice gives a real sense of what it takes to play in the NHL and just how special our players are. Our fans love it, and there’s no question that new fans have been attracted by watching the games and the personalities come alive through the lens of HBO’s storytelling. Red Wings-Maple Leafs will provide no shortage of great stories, and having Sportsnet as our first partner in Canada will make this year’s edition bigger than ever.”

“The Players are excited to be a part of an HBO ‘24/7’ because it will provide a compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the path they take to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Mike Quellet, NHLPA Chief of Business Affairs.  “The Winter Classic has become a staple on the NHL calendar and ‘24/7’ showcases some of the greatest athletes in the world to sports fans everywhere through the reach of HBO and Sportsnet.  We are pleased and proud to once again be a part of this innovative series.”

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 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day. All episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is the third edition of HBO Sports’ breakthrough NHL reality venture. As with the previous two acclaimed editions, the series will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews with coaches, players and front-office personnel, as the two Atlantic Division rivals battle through their December schedules, and meet in the first NHL game ever at the Big House in Ann Arbor. Both teams are coming off Stanley Cup® Playoff appearances last season, the 22nd consecutive time that Detroit qualified for the post-season.

24/7 RED WINGS/ MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC will air in Canada exclusively on Sportsnet, which is available in 8.5 million unique households across the country.

In Jan. 2011 The St. Petersburg Times noted, “This easily goes down as the best portrait ever shown about hockey,” and in Jan. 2012, ProHockeyTalk.com wrote, “The final hour captured the most compelling threads with HBO’s artful mix of great music and stunning cinematography, leaving us all wanting more – just like the 2011 edition.” The Washington Post said that “this show has it all,” while the Los Angeles Times observed, “This is great theater and you don’t have to know icing from offside to appreciate it.” The New York Times noted in Jan. 2012 that the show is “shot superbly, written elegantly and narrated unobtrusively by Liev Schreiber.”

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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SiriusXM Offers Extensive Coverage of 2013-14 NHL Season

siriusxmSiriusXM Offers Extensive Coverage of 2013-14 NHL Season

Live play-by-play of NHL games available to subscribers nationwide

SiriusXM NHL Radio channel offers hockey talk and analysis 365 days a year

NEW YORK – October 1, 2013 - Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) will offer listeners around the country comprehensive coverage of the 2013-14 NHL® season with live play-by-play of NHL games and daily hockey talk on the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ channel.

Starting with tonight’s 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face Off™ tripleheader, XM subscribers and Sirius Premier subscribers have access to an extensive schedule of regular season games and all playoff games through the Stanley Cup® Final.  Those subscribers with SiriusXM Internet Radio access in addition to their satellite radio subscription can also listen to NHL play-by-play on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.  For game times and channels throughout the season go to www.siriusxm.com/nhlschedule.

Opening Night NHL games on SiriusXM:  (All times ET)

                                                                    Channels

                                                                                                XM       Sirius

Tue, Oct. 1 – 7:00 pm  Toronto @ Montreal                          92          207*

Tue, Oct. 1 – 8:00 pm  Washington @ Chicago                      212        211*

Tue, Oct. 1 – 10:00 pm Winnipeg @ Edmonton                       92          207*

* Access to this channel requires a Sirius Premier or Sirius All Access subscription.

In addition to live games, SiriusXM offers the 24/7 hockey talk radio channel, SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™, available nationwide on channel 92 on XM and channel 207 on Sirius Premier. SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™ features live play-by-play, plus hockey talk, news and analysis on shows hosted by Hall of Famer Phil Esposito and hockey experts Scott Laughlin, Denis Potvin, Pierre McGuire, Bob McKenzie, Matt Barnaby, Mick Kern, Mike Ross, and Jim “Boomer” Gordon.  Plus, SiriusXM Hockey Night in Canada Radio returns with host Rob Pizzo, Elliotte Friedman, P.J. Stock, Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, and other Hockey Night in Canada personalities as they tackle the hockey issues of the day.

Tonight, October 1st, Scott Laughlin and Rob Pizzo will broadcast live from the 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™ in Montreal, Quebec, where they will be joined by NHL insiders and alumni to discuss developments from across the League.

For more information visit www.siriusxm.com/nhl.

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NBCSN To Launch Two New NHL Programs – NHL Rivals And NHL Top 10 – For 2013-14 Season

nbcsnNHL Rivals Debuts Tuesday, October 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Followed by NHL Top 10 at 11 p.m. ET

NHL Rivals Highlights Historic Matchups Each Week Prior to Wednesday Night Rivalry; First Episode Examines Blackhawks-Blues

NHL Top 10 to Count Down Timeless Hockey Debates, Including Prolific Scorers, Best U.S. Born Players, and Top Olympic Moments

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 26, 2013 – NBCSN will launch a pair of new programs – NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 – on Tuesday, Oct. 9, expanding NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage with programming focused on hockey’s historic rivalries and some of the game’s most-debated topics.

NHL Rivals, which will debut each week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, dovetails off of NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry, which Forbes dubbed “the hottest new brand in sports.” NHL Rivals will delve into the storied history between many of the Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups, as told by current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

The debut episode of NHL Rivals on Oct. 9 will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, who have been division rivals since 1970 and face off on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. NHL Rivals will also air each week at 6:30 p.m. ET leading into NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live pre- and post-game show.

NHL Top 10, which will premiere each week following NHL Rivals, will dive deep into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, as well as the toughest places to play in the NHL and top Olympic moments. It will feature commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

Following are weekly air times, beginning Oct. 9:

Tuesday NHL RivalsWeekly Debut 10:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday NHL Top TenWeekly Debut 11:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday NHL RivalsEncore Prior To NHL Live 6:30 p.m. ET

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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Capitals to Host 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Washington

nhl-logo  CAPITALS TO HOST 2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC IN WASHINGTON
Game Set for Jan. 1, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, the  National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals announced today. The game will take place on Jan. 1, 2015 with the Capitals’ opponent and location of the game to be announced at a later date.

“The excitement of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to grow, and bringing the 2015 event to the D.C. area will write another chapter in the game’s great history of entertainment,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, “We are looking forward to being in Washington with the Capitals’ great fans.”

The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic, an annual game that Forbes magazine called the best new sporting event of the last decade. It will mark the second time in history the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

“We are extremely excited to host the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and bring this great event to the D.C. area,” Leonsis said. “Our great fan base deserves to experience the magnificence of an outdoor game. We are thrilled to once again be part of this great event.”

The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins aired in primetime on NBC and was the most-watched NHL regular season game ever in the U.S. with an average of 4.5 million viewers. The event also drew the largest audience on CBC for any of the U.S.-based outdoor NHL games.

The 2015 event also will feature a Spectator Plaza — a free outdoor festival offering hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages.

Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including the official event logo, ticketing information and uniform design for each team, will be released in the coming months.

Every Washington Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available.

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NBC Sports Group To Air 103 NHL Regular-Season Games In 2013-14

nhl_nbc_2NBC Sports Network Drops Puck on NHL 2013-14 Season on Tuesday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET with Washington Capitals at 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Winter Classic Between Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium, “The Big House,” January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC and NBC Sports Network Combine to Televise 2014 NHL Stadium Series and NHL Heritage Classic

Wednesday Night Rivalry Continues on NBC Sports Network with 24 Games

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games

Bruins Have League-High 13 National TV Games Followed by Blackhawks, Blues, Penguins, Rangers & Wild with 12

Stamford, Conn. — July 19, 2013 — 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 NBC Sports Network. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:

  • The season begins with NHL Face-Off, the League’s North American launch event. Prior to NBC Sports Network’s first game of the season, in which the Washington Capitals visit the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, NBC Sports Network will provide coverage of the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup championship banner raising ceremony at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
  • The 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • The inaugural NHL Stadium Series, featuring four games played in iconic outdoor venues between January 25 and March 1, including: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,  Calif., Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y., and Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Plus the NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C. on March 2.
  • The return of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBC Sports Network. The 2013-14 NHL season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts — up from 15 last year.
  • A Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Sunday, January 19 on NBC.
  • Eastern Conference Final rematch between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, October 30 on NBCSN.
  • Western Conference Final rematch between the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, December 30 on NBCSN.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, who went to seven games in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals, will face off twice on NBC Sports Network. The Red Wings host the Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry, January 22. On Sunday, March 16, the Red Wings travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks.
  • In a renewal of their fierce intra-state rivalry, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet three times on NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The Penguins host the Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, November 13 on NBC Sports Network. On Sunday, March 16 the Flyers return to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on NBC. The two teams meet again on Saturday, April 12 on NBC.

NBC Sports Network will offer games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s live pre- and post-game show.

NHL Live will feature the banner raising ceremony for the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, live from the United Center in Chicago, Ill. At 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN will present exclusive coverage of the Blackhawks hosting the Washington Capitals. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the game.

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 29 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Boston Bruins. Beginning on January 19, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will air a national “Game of the Week” on most Sundays.

The Boston Bruins have the most games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season, with 13. Boston is followed closely by the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues, who all make 12 appearances.  Four additional teams have 11 games on NBC and NBC Sports Network — Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2014 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. — The Big House — and will feature the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Detroit Red Wings. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will call the game.

The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES SINCE 1975

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

NHL STADIUM SERIES and NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC

NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to present the 2014 NHL Stadium Series, which consists of a new set of four outdoor games. The NHL Stadium Series will feature the Anaheim Ducks-Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers, New York Islanders-New York Rangers, and Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks. All games will be held at iconic outdoor stadiums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. In addition, NBCSN will also present coverage of the NHL Heritage Classic featuring the Ottawa Senators-Vancouver Canucks.

Coverage begins on Saturday, January 25 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, when the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings face off against the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. It will be the first outdoor NHL game ever played in Los Angeles, and the second outdoor hockey game for the Kings franchise. In 1991, the Kings participated in an outdoor exhibition match with the New York Rangers in the parking lot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.

The following day, Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, the New York Rangers will take the ice against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The contest will be the second outdoor hockey game for the Rangers in three years, as the team participated in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

Later that week, on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, the New York Islanders will host the Rangers for a second outdoor game at Yankee Stadium. The game will be the first outdoor NHL game for the Islanders and the third for the Rangers since 2012.  (2012 NHL Winter Classic and 2014 NHL Stadium Series Game 3)

On Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network will telecast the fourth game of the series featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The Penguins-Blackhawks matchup will be 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).

The NHL Heritage Classic will take place on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The Vancouver Canucks will play the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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 NBCSN 8 p.m.
March 2, 2014 Senators-Canucks# BC Place NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

*All times listed are ET.

#NHL Heritage Classic

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBC Sports Network’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a second season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Boston-Montreal, Philadelphia-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 2 with the Buffalo Sabres facing off against the Detroit Red Wings.

During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. It claimed six of the top eight most-watched NHL regular-season telecasts ever on NBC Sports Network and averaged 646,000 viewers. With the success of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013 season was the most-watched NHL regular season on cable in 19 years.

NBC Sports Network 2013-14 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home
October 2 Buffalo Detroit
October 9 Chicago St. Louis
October 16 New York Rangers Washington
October 23 Boston Buffalo
October 30 Boston Pittsburgh .
November 6 Pittsburgh New York Rangers
November 13 Philadelphia Pittsburgh
November 20 Pittsburgh Washington
November 27 Boston Detroit
December 4 Philadelphia Detroit
December 11 Philadelphia Chicago
December 18 Pittsburgh New York Rangers
January 8 New York Rangers Chicago
January 15 Washington Pittsburgh
January 22 Chicago Detroit
January 29 New York Rangers New York Islanders
February 5 Pittsburgh Buffalo
February 26 Boston Buffalo
March 5 Washington Philadelphia
March 12 Boston Montreal
March 19 St. Louis Chicago
March 26 Philadelphia New York Rangers
April 2 Boston Detroit
April 9 Detroit Pittsburgh

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS

NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2013-14 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Network’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. This year, the program will expand to one hour prior to live-event coverage — an increase from last year’s half-hour show. The 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.

On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Keith Jones (analyst).

2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi, Russia, for Olympic gold. The NHL season resumes Wednesday, February 26.

FLEX SCHEDULING ON NBC

For the seventh consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

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 NBC Sports Network. All NBC Sports Network games will be live streamed 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;
  • NBC Sports Network 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.

NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Network
Tues., Oct. 1 Washington Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 2 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 3 Los Angeles Minnesota NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 8 Tampa Bay Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 14 Minnesota Buffalo NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 15 San Jose St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 16 NY Rangers Washington NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 21 Colorado Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 22 Nashville Minnesota NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 23 Boston Buffalo NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 28 Montreal NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 29 Tampa Bay New Jersey NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 30 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 4 Anaheim NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 5 Philadelphia Carolina NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 6 Pittsburgh NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 12 Phoenix St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 13 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 18 Anaheim Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 19 Boston NY Rangers NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 20 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 25 Minnesota St. Louis NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 26 Anaheim Dallas NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 27 Boston Detroit NBCSN
Fri., Nov. 29 NY Rangers Boston NBC
Mon., Dec. 2 Philadelphia Minnesota NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 3 Dallas Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 4 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 9 Columbus Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 10 Nashville NY Rangers NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 11 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 17 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 18 Pittsburgh NY Rangers NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 23 Minnesota Philadelphia NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 30 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 Toronto Detroit NBC
Sun., Jan. 5 San Jose Chicago NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 7  Philadelphia New Jersey NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 8 NY Rangers Chicago NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 12 Philadelphia NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 15 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 16 Los Angeles St. Louis NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 Boston Chicago NBC
Sun., Jan. 19 Washington NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 21 Minnesota Dallas NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 22 Chicago Detroit NBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 23 Pittsburgh NY Islanders NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 25 Anaheim Los Angeles NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 26 NY Rangers New Jersey NBC
Mon., Jan. 27 Buffalo Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 27 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 28 Washington Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 29 NY Rangers NY Islanders NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 2 Detroit Washington NBC
Mon., Feb. 3 Colorado New Jersey NBCSN
Tues., Feb. 4 NY Islanders Washington NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 5 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBCSN
Thurs., Feb. 6 Boston St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26 Boston Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN
Sat., March 1 Pittsburgh Chicago NBC
Sun., March 2*** Philadelphia Washington NBC
Sun., March 2*** Ottawa Vancouver NBCSN
Sun., March 2*** Boston NY Rangers NBCSN
Mon., March 3 Buffalo Dallas NBCSN
Tues., March 4 Tampa Bay St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., March 5 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN
Sun., March 9 Detroit NY Rangers NBC
Sun., March 9 Chicago Buffalo NBCSN
Tues., March 11 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN
Wed., March 12 Boston Montreal NBCSN
Sun., March 16 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC
Sun., March 16 Detroit Chicago NBCSN
Mon., March 17 Minnesota Boston NBCSN
Tues., March 18 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN
Wed., March 19 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN
Sun., March 23 Minnesota Detroit NBCSN
Mon., March 24 Montreal Boston NBCSN
Tues., March 25 Detroit Columbus NBCSN
Wed., March 26 Philadelphia NY Rangers NBCSN
Sun., March 30 Boston Philadelphia NBC
Sun., March 30 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., March 31 Florida New Jersey NBCSN
Mon., March 31 Minnesota Los Angeles NBCSN
Tues., April 1 Philadelphia St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., April 2 Boston Detroit NBCSN
Wed., April 2 Phoenix Los Angeles NBCSN
Thurs., April 3 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN
Thurs., April 3 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN
Fri., April 4 Washington New Jersey NBCSN
Sun., April 6 St. Louis Chicago NBC
Sun., April 6 Buffalo Philadelphia NBCSN
Tues., April 8 Washington St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., April 9 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN
Wed., April 9 San Jose Anaheim NBCSN
Thurs., April 10 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN
Fri., April 11 NY Islanders New Jersey NBCSN
Sat., April 12 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC
Sat., April 12 Chicago Nashville NBCSN
Sun., April 13 Detroit St. Louis NBC

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NHL & NHLPA Reach Agreement With IIHF For Player Participation in Sochi

nhl-logo  NEW YORK/TORONTO (July 19, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to secure participation of NHL players in the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
 
        NHL players will be available to the 12 participating IIHF Member National Associations for the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament (February 12 – 23, 2014). This will mark the fifth consecutive time dating back to Nagano 1998 that NHL players have participated in the Olympics.  More than 120 NHL players are expected to compete for their respective nations in Sochi.
 
        “The National Hockey League features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our Players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere.”

“The Players are very pleased that an agreement has been reached that will allow the world’s best hockey players to compete at the Winter Games in February,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “Having the opportunity to wear their nation’s sweater in Sochi is something the players look forward to.”

        The NHL will break from the 2013-14 regular season schedule on February 9 and return to play February 26 to allow for participation in the Games.

        As part of the IIHF-NHL-NHLPA agreement, seven NHL referees and six NHL linesmen will be integrated into the IIHF on-ice officials’ crews that will work the men’s tournament. The Olympic ice hockey tournament will be played according to the IIHF rulebook on international sized rinks, 60 x 30 meters.

        Click here for the schedule and groups of the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments. Twelve teams in three groups will participate in the men’s event (February 12-23), eight in two groups in the women’s (February 8-20).

        NBCUniversal, the Olympics rights holder in the U.S., and CBC/Radio-Canada, the Olympics rights holder in Canada, will present coverage of the Olympic ice hockey tournament in their respective countries.  Schedules for each network will be released at a later date.

### 7/19/2013

NBC Sports Group Presents Exclusive Coverage Of 2013 Stanley Cup Final

nhl_nbc_2Game 1 Between Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC

Games 1 & 4-7 on NBC; Games 2-3 on NBC Sports Network

NBC Sports Network to Air NHL Live Pre- and Post-Game Shows Each Game Night

Stanley Cup Final to be Streamed Live for First Time Ever through NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC Sports Regional Networks’ CSN Chicago and CSN New England Provide Comprehensive Hometown Coverage

NEW YORK, N.Y. – June 9, 2013 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive presentation of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday night with Game 1 between the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins (2011 Stanley Cup Champions) and Western Conference Champion Chicago Blackhawks (2010 Stanley Cup Champions) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC from United Center in Chicago, Ill. NBC Sports Group broadcast (NBC), cable (NBC Sports Network), digital (NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCSports.com), and regional (CSN Chicago and CSN New England) assets will all contribute to the comprehensive coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4, and, if necessary, Games 5-7, while NBC Sports Network will telecast Games 2-3. In addition, NBC Sports Network will present pre-game and post-game coverage each game night. And for the first time ever, the Stanley Cup Final will be streamed live through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Regional Networks will continue to surround the Blackhawks (Comcast SportsNet Chicago) and Bruins (Comcast SportsNet New England) with in-depth live-event and/or news coverage. NBCSports.com will provide comprehensive online coverage of the Final with online-only video, contributions from Comcast SportsNet insiders, and constant news updates from ProHockeyTalk.

2013 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE

Coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins on NBC. All 2013 Stanley Cup Final games will air exclusively on NBC or the NBC Sports Network. Following is the full schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

Wednesday, June 12
8 p.m. Bruins @ Blackhawks (Game 1) NBC
Saturday, June 15
8 p.m. Bruins @ Blackhawks (Game 2) NBC Sports Network
Monday, June 17
8 p.m. Blackhawks @ Bruins (Game 3) NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, June 19
8 p.m. Blackhawks @ Bruins (Game 4) NBC
Saturday, June 22
8 p.m. Bruins @ Blackhawks (Game 5) * NBC
Monday, June 24
8 p.m. Blackhawks @ Bruins (Game 6) * NBC
Wednesday, June 26
8 p.m. Bruins @ Blackhawks (Game 7)* NBC

* If Necessary

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

For the first time ever, the Stanley Cup Final will be streamed live. NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream all Stanley Cup Final games. NBC Sports Network games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD 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.

Stanley Cup Final games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.
  • NBC Sports Network 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.” “TV Everywhere” is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/06/06/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

In addition to live streaming the Stanley Cup Final, NBC Sports Live Extra will offer bonus coverage by utilizing Star Cam and Spotlight Cam for each game of the Stanley Cup Final. Star Cams are dedicated cameras that follow a star player from each team throughout the entire game. Spotlight Cam is a unique top-of-the-glass camera that is positioned at center ice. They are exclusive to NBC Sports Live Extra. This also marks the first time this season that alternate cameras have been used for the live streaming of games that air on NBC Sports Network.

CONFERENCE CALL

NBC Sports Group will conduct a national media conference call this week with many of its on-air commentators to preview the Stanley Cup Final. Details will be released shortly.

COMMENTATORS

Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-glass’ analyst) will call the action during each game.

The studio team will feature host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, with the latest highlights, news, analysis and player interviews, live on-location from either the United Center in Chicago, Ill. or TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The team will cover intermission reports during games, and pre-game and post-game shows on NBC Sports Network.

Additionally, Jeremy Roenick will conduct on-ice segments and demonstrations as part of the coverage.

ENCORES

NBC Sports Network will air encore presentations of the previous night’s NHL Live post-game show, as well as a cut-down version of the Stanley Cup Final game from the previous night.

NHL Live post-game encores will air nearly every day at 6 a.m. ET and 8:30 a.m. ET, with the game encore airing from 6:30-8:30 a.m. ET.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the hometown network for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Comcast SportsNet New England (Boston Bruins) will air special pre- and post-game coverage for all games, as well as in-depth coverage and analysis of their hometown teams.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO

Comcast Sports Net Chicago, the hometown network for the Chicago Blackhawks, will provide expanded, local “Blackhawks Post-Game Live” coverage, hosted by Pat Boyle & Steve Konroyd, following every Stanley Cup Final telecast. CSNChicago.com will also deliver “Blackhawks Post-Game Live” via live stream following every game.

In addition, the network will provide expanded pre/post-game coverage nightly on “SportsTalk Live”, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. CT, and on “SportsNet Central”, nightly at 6:30 p.m. CT, on game days, along with providing a half-hour show nightly at 11:00 p.m. CT on non-game days entitled “Blackhawks Fever”.

CSNChicago.com‘s Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers and Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks beat reporter Chris Boden will cover every Stanley Cup Final game from either the United Center or TD Garden.

COMCAST SPORTSNET NEW ENGLAND

Comcast SportsNet New England will provide extensive coverage of the Bruins/Blackhawks series with Pre-Game Live and Post-Game Live shows surrounding every Stanley Cup Finals game. Michael Felger and Tony Amonte will lead the coverage, with analysis of each game and response to Bruins fans’ questions, posts, and tweets submitted on Twitter, Facebook, and CSNNE.com.

Unfiltered, in-depth discussion and analysis of the team’s playoff performance will also be part of all Comcast SportsNet programming, including Chevrolet SportsNet Central and UNO’s Sports Tonight. CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will once again be on-site providing in-arena reports from every game, both home and away, and will be joined by Comcast SportsNet anchors Mike Giardi and KevinWalsh.

CSNNE.com will provide 24/7 coverage of the Bruins Playoffs action including daily game-day and off-day coverage from Haggerty and the entire CSN crew and post-game editions of “The Great American Hockey Show.” Fans can also follow @CSNNE on Twitter and join the conversation by using #BruinsTalk in their Twitter comments throughout the series.

NBCSPORTS.COM

In addition to its live stream coverage via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCSports.com’s ProHockeyTalk will anchor NBC Sports’ online and mobile coverage of the Stanley Cup Final.

ProHockeyTalk provides unique, informative and entertaining news, commentary and analysis — updated around the clock — on all the stories surrounding the Stanley Cup Final. Other NBCSports.com features will include:

  • PHT Extra, a multiple-times-a-week online-only video segment.
  • Online-only videos featuring NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network hockey commentators previewing upcoming Stanley Cup Final games.
  • Content provided by Comcast SportsNet NHL insiders.
  • A NHL Stanley Cup Final Channel Finder tool that will help fans locate the times and stations for every Stanley Cup Final game.

SOCIAL MEDIA

In addition to broadcast, cable, regional and digital platforms, NBC Sports Group will connect with NHL fans via numerous social media initiatives, including social integration, on-air integration and news:

  • Social Integration:
    • Social Stanley Cup Final Schedule:
      • Fans that come to the Stanley Cup Final Schedule page on NBCSports.com/NHLonNBC will not only be able to see schedule updates, but also dive into a deep photo experience. Fans can upload photos showing their Stanley Cup Final team spirit directly to NBCSports.com or through team specific hashtags. Fans can vote on their favorite pictures and see the best of photos from the NHL and the teams using #StanleyCup. The best fan photos from this experience will be featured on-air during NBC and NBC Sports Network games.
    • #StanleyCup: NHL Fans can join the conversation by using the #StanleyCup hash tag across every game of the Stanley Cup Final.
    • NHL on NBC Sports Instagram: NHL fans can upload photos to Instagram and use #StanleyCup. The NHL on NBC Sports Instagram account will feature select fan photos.
    • Live Twitter Chats: Fans will have the opportunity to have live Twitter chats with NHL and NBC Sports personalities and commentators.
  • On-Air Integration:
    • Polls: Fans can weigh in on a variety of NHL themed polls on Facebook and Twitter that commentators will discuss throughout the Stanley Cup Final.
    • #MVPonNBC – During pre-game, post-game and in-game coverage, fans can tweet who they think is the #MVPonNBC. Commentators will discuss the fan favorites and weigh in with their own opinions.
  • News:
    • Fans can engage with Twitter (@NHLonNBCSports) and Facebook (facebook.com/NHLonNBCSports) to receive the most up to date tune-in information, scores, reports and stories from around the NHL and ProHockeyTalk.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

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

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

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

NHL Network

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

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

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

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

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

On-Air Talent

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

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

NHL .com

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

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

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

NHL Social™

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hashtag: #StanleyCup, #NHLNetwork, #CHIvsBOS