Sidney Crosby & Penguins vs. Patrice Bergeron & Bruins On Wednesday Night Rivalry Highlight More Than 25 Hours Of Hockey Coverage On NBCSN This Week

NBCSN_LogoBruins Visit Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET

Ryan Getzlaf and Anaheim Ducks Host Henrik Lundqvist and New York Rangers in Wednesday Nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET Following Bruins-Penguins

NBCSN’s NHL Coverage Begins with Sharks-Wild Tomorrow Night at 8 p.m. ET; Wild Visit Blackhawks Sunday Night at 8 p.m. ET

No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 19 Yale in “Rivalry On Ice” Saturday at 8 p.m. ET Highlight Three College Hockey Matchups on NBCSN This Weekend

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NHL Live Studio Coverage To Originate From Downtown Phoenix During Super Bowl Week

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 5, 2015 – NBCSN presents more than 25 hours of hockey coverage this week, including four NHL matchups and three college hockey games, highlighted by a doubleheader on Wednesday night featuring Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins against Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage continues with a Wednesday nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks visit Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild. Coverage concludes on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, when Parise and the Wild travel to Chicago to face Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks.

NBCSN’s NHL pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Liam McHugh anchors Tuesday night’s coverage alongside Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage with Mike Milbury, Roenick, Jones and NHL insider Bob McKenzie.

NBCSN continues its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with three games this week, highlighted by the “Rivalry On Ice” between the No. 3 Harvard Crimson and the No. 19 Yale Bulldogs from Madison Square Garden on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET with the New Hampshire Wildcats hosting the Dartmouth Big Green, and continues Saturday at 6 p.m. ET with the Western Michigan Broncos against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

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NHL LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio show, will originate from downtown Phoenix during Super Bowl week. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27 the program will be located at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will anchor NBCSN’s NHL Live coverage throughout the week, alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN will feature six NHL telecasts during the week prior to Super Bowl XLIX, including the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 28. The week will also feature rematches of the 2014 Stanley Cup Conference Finals, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET, and the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals meet at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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BRUINS-PENGUINS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry rings in the new year with a matchup between the Bruins and Penguins at 8 p.m. ET. The Bruins have earned points in nine of their last 11 games (4-2-5), but have dropped their past three games via overtime or shootout. The Penguins are currently tied with the New York Islanders with 53 points for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Crosby currently ranks second in the NHL in assists (32), while Evgeni Malkin is now tied for fourth overall with 43 points. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury leads all goaltenders with six shutouts.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

RANGERS-DUCKS – WEDNESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Rangers enter their Wednesday nightcap against the NHL-leading Ducks as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, boasting a 10-1-0 record in their last 11 games. Lundqvist and the Rangers have held their opponents to three goals or less in all 11 contests, including a 6-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday. Anaheim leads the NHL with a 26-9-6 record, and defeated Nashville 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

SHARKS-WILD – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Sharks and Wild meet tomorrow night for the third time this season, having split the first two games of their season series. Parise and the Wild defeated the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 30 in Minnesota, followed by a 2-1 Sharks victory in San Jose on Dec. 11. The Sharks face Winnipeg on Monday night, while the Wild look to rebound from a 7-1 loss on Saturday night to Dallas.

Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

WILD-BLACKHAWKS – SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks host the Wild on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, entering the week after a 5-4 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars last night on NBCSN. Chicago is currently tied with Nashville for the top record in the Central Division, and boasts a 17-4-1 record since Nov. 16. The Wild and Blackhawks will face off on Thursday night in Minnesota prior to their matchup on Sunday night on NBCSN.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NO. 3 HARVARD -NO. 19 YALE – RIVALRY ON ICE – SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents the second iteration of the “Rivalry On Ice” this Saturday night, when the No. 3 Harvard Crimson face the No. 19 Yale Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden in New York. Harvard enters the game with just one loss this season (10-1-2), but it came at the hands of ECAC rival Yale in a 2-1 defeat at home on Nov. 15. The Crimson have not allowed more than three goals in any game this season. Yale (8-3-2) has won six of its last seven games, including a 3-1 win over then-No. 10 Vermont on Jan. 3.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Madison Square Garden.

DARTMOUTH-NEW HAMPSHIRE – FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Dartmouth Big Green visit the New Hampshire Wildcats in an interconference matchup on Friday night on NBCSN. The Big Green (ECAC) enter action following a 3-2 loss to Boston College on Jan. 3, while the Wildcats (Hockey East) look to build off a 6-2 win over then-No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 31.

Dave Goucher (play-by-play) and AJ Mleczko (analyst) will call the game from the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

WESTERN MICHIGAN-NOTRE DAME – SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday night on NBCSN. The Fighting Irish (Hockey East) split a pair of games in the Florida College Hockey Classic, including a win over No. 6 Miami (OH) on Dec. 28. Western Michigan (NCHC) looks to carry momentum from a 4-1 win against Penn State on Dec. 30.

Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will call the game from the Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

Note: Games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., January 6 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
San Jose at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Wed., January 7 NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wednesday Nightcap – N.Y. Rangers at Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., January 9 NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at New Hampshire NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., January 10 Western Michigan at Notre Dame NBCSN 6 p.m.
Rivalry On Ice – No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 19 Yale NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., January 11 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

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NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social Announce 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Programming Plans

nhl-logoNHL NETWORK, NHL.COM AND NHL SOCIAL ANNOUNCE
2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® PROGRAMMING PLANS

Highlights include Bridgestone NHL #WinterClassic Fan Freeze Digital Campaign:
Fans to Share Excitement for New Year’s Day Game via NHL.com and Social Media Platforms

NHL Network’s Three Days of Onsite Coverage Begins Tuesday, Dec. 30 with
“NHL Live Powered by Constellation at the NHL Winter Classic” Special at 3 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (December 29, 3014) – NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social’s™ programming plans for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks® and the Washington Capitals® at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 1 (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA) will be filled with several days of exciting, in-depth coverage and activation across the National Hockey League’s media platforms.  

NHL Network™

NHL Network™ will begin its 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® live coverage on Tuesday, Dec. 30 with a special edition of NHL Live™ Powered by Constellation from 3-5 p.m. ET, hosted by EJ Hradek and Mark Roe from the NHL Network set overlooking left center field at Nationals Park.  

On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, NHL Network’s three and a half hours of live coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and offer a first look at the Capitals (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET) and Blackhawks (2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET) as each team takes to the ice for their first and only practice on the rink at Nationals Park. Host Kathryn Tappen will provide fans with exclusive coverage of the event, including interviews with current and former Capitals and Blackhawks players.

On New Year’s Day, NHL Network’s game day coverage will begin live at 11 a.m. ET and continue through to the 1:00 p.m. ET start of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.  The live NHL Winter Classic Post-Game Show will air immediately following the game.  

The NHL Network talent team in D.C. will feature hosts Tappen and Roe; and analysts Hradek, Barry Melrose, Kevin Weekes, Mike Rupp, Martin Biron, and Billy Jaffe. Dave Strader will call the play-by-play for the League’s international broadcast with analyst Hradek.

NHL Network’s live coverage also will include the unveiling of a special culinary creation from Food Network star – and lifelong hockey fan – Duff Goldman at Spectator Plaza presented by Geico, the free NHL fan festival held at the Fairgrounds on game day.
NHL.com

 NHL.com, the ultimate online destination for hockey fans, will house complete coverage of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on its www.nhl.com/WinterClassic microsite, including:

· A dedicated webcam at Nationals Park plus daily updates to time-lapse footage of outdoor rink construction;
· Full written, video and photo coverage of key moments of the rink build;
· Features on Blackhawks and Capitals players, including first-person blog entries;
· Recaps of and video clips from the all-access docu-series, Road to the NHL Winter Classic
· Full coverage — including live streaming — of the Blackhawks’ and Capitals’ practices at Nationals Park; and
· Video of all press conferences and events, including analysis, interviews, highlights and key moments, plus live streams of the pre- and post-game shows on Jan. 1 from NHL Network
NHL Social™

The NHL Social™ team will be on the ground for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, including the Spectator Plaza free fan festival, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.  Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #WinterClassic and follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (Instagram.com/NHL) for live, behind-the-scenes updates.

NHL Winter Classic title sponsor, Bridgestone, is partnering with NHL Social for two special digital initiatives:

10-Day Temperature Countdown: Building off Bridgestone’s popular “Conquer the Cold” campaign, NHL Social and Bridgestone are counting down to puck drop with images of the rink build at Nationals Park and corresponding temperature updates, which will be posted on all NHL Social channels and at the League’s nhl.com/WinterClassic microsite.  

Bridgestone NHL #WinterClassic Fan Freeze: Fans can join the Bridgestone NHL #WinterClassic Fan Freeze by submitting and sharing photos of how they’re “conquering the cold” in preparation for the much-anticipated outdoor game.  A select number of fans who share photos of how they’re planning to celebrate and experience the game using the hashtag #WinterClassic will be featured online at www.nhl.com/FanFreeze.

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New 30 for 30 Will Explore 1980 US Olympic Hockey Game Through the Soviet Lens

espn-logoESPN Films today announced a new 30 for 30 documentary, “Of Miracles and Men,” that will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film, directed by Jonathan Hock (“The Best That Never Was” and “Survive and Advance”), will take a different look at the “Miracle on Ice.”

The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history has been told. Or has it? On a Friday evening in Lake Placid, a plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team, 4-3 in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olympic hockey competition. Americans couldn’t help but believe in miracles that night, and when the members of Team USA won the gold medal two days later, they became one for the ages.

But there was another, unchronicled side to the “Miracle On Ice.” The so-called bad guys from America’s ideological adversary were in reality good men and outstanding players, forged into the Big Red Machine by the genius and passion of Anatoli Tarasov. There was a reason they seemed unbeatable, especially after routing the Americans in an exhibition the week before the Winter Games began. And there was a certain shame in them having to live the rest of their lives with the results of February 22, 1980.

“Of Miracles and Men” will explore the scope of the “Miracle on Ice” through the Soviet lens with an intense focus on the game itself, giving it renewed suspense and a fresh perspective. But the journey of the stunned Soviet team didn’t begin – or end – in Lake Placid. In the wake of that famous loss, head coach Viktor Tikhonov and captain Slava Fetisov waged a personal battle that determined the future of Russian hockey.

“Somewhat similar to how our 30 for 30 film ‘The Two Escobars’ gave viewers a chance to look at the stunning defeat of Colombia in the 1994 World Cup from a different point of view, ‘Of Miracles and Men’ provides an opportunity to experience America’s shocking victory 35 years ago from the other side,” says ESPN Films Executive Producer John Dahl. “For example, we all know the famous Al Michaels call of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ but this time people will also hear how legendary Soviet broadcaster Nikolai Ozerov described the action. ‘Of Miracles and Men’ will give the audience a deeper understanding of what the Soviet hockey experience was like before, during and after that monumental event.”

Says director Jonathan Hock: “Of all the 30 For 30 films I’ve directed, ‘Of Miracles and Men’ is the most ambitious. I was raised in the 1970’s on the notion that Soviet hockey players were robots, part of a machine that played a heartless style of hockey. But given the beauty and creativity of their game, that never made sense to me. So I wanted to discover the truth about the men on the other side of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ game. It took us two years to dig up all the archival footage and find all the players, filming across seven time zones in Russia from Moscow to Siberia to Vladivostok. What we discovered was that, both before and after Lake Placid, something miraculous happened on their side as well. This is their story, about their ‘Miracle.’”

“Of Miracles and Men” is produced by Hock Films, with executive producer Maura Mandt and producer Don Kempf. Additional information including film clips and director statements and bios will be available on the 30 for 30 website espn.com/30for30; Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook (facebook.com/espn30for30) and Twitter (@30for30).

About ESPN Films

Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports.  In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer’s Guild Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the Webby Award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts.

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Countdown to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

nhl-logoChicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals to Face Off Outdoors at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on New Year’s DayMonth-Long Celebration for Hockey Fans Everywhere to Be Highlighted by EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic Original Series, the Rink Build at Nationals Park, and Various Hockey-Themed Events in the Nation’s Capital

NEW YORK (December 5, 2014) – With just under four weeks until the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the countdown to the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks® and Washington Capitals® on New Year’s Day has begun.

Hockey’s biggest stars – including Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane – will take center stage as the Blackhawks and Capitals meet in Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. The event will be broadcast live nationally on NBC in the United States and on CBC and TVA in Canada on 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.

Events and activities leading up to the annual outdoor hockey celebration will include:

The Rink Build at Nationals Park
The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Ice Plant presented by York – the custom-built 53-foot, 300-ton capacity truck that houses the specialized equipment used to make the ice for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit – will depart from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Dec. 10 and arrive at Nationals Park on Dec. 15, when the rink build officially will begin. Approximately 61,000 square feet of armor decking will be installed to protect the field; and then the ice pans and dasher boards are scheduled to be installed. When ice-making begins, workers will create a nearly two-inch thick ice surface at Nationals Park ready for the best hockey players in the world to play on. Fans can follow the entire rink-build process through interactive features and extensive coverage, including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® time lapse video on NHL.com and NHL Network.
       
EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic™
The new original series, produced in partnership between premium TV network EPIX and the NHL, will premiere on Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  The special series, produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, will bring viewers onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Blackhawks and the Capitals as they prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. For more information on the four-episode weekly series, including air dates and times, visit epix.com/NHL.

In The Kitchen with Duff Goldman
Food Network star – and lifelong hockey fan – Duff Goldman will be sharing exclusive Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic-themed content at NHL.com during the countdown to New Year’s Day game. In addition, the famed chef and owner of Charm City Cakes will also bring something sweet to Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO on Jan. 1.

NHL Legacy Event
Later today, Friday, Dec. 5, as part of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, the NHL and Capitals will unveil a refurbished street hockey rink in Southeast Washington, D.C. Watkins Rush Rink, located at the Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center, was formerly a basketball court, but due to high demand for a places to play hockey in the area it will be converted into a street hockey rink.

Team Practices at Nationals Park
The Blackhawks and the Capitals will take to the ice for the first time at Nationals Park for team practices and family skates on Dec. 31. NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide full coverage of the team skates throughout the day.

Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO
On game day, the Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO, a free fan festival with hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for all ages, will be held at the Fairgrounds outside the Center Field Gate at Nationals Park, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET.  Additional information on the Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO and its many attractions will follow in the coming days.

Now an established tradition on the New Year’s Day sports calendar, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues to appeal to fans everywhere. The 2014 event at Michigan Stadium drew 105,491 fans, an all-time attendance record for an NHL game. Additionally, NBC’s average broadcast audience for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic tied as the largest for an NHL regular-season game in the U.S. in nearly four decades. Similarly, the event generated the largest audience ever for a non-playoff NHL game in Canadian broadcast history.

 NHL.com and NHL Network will deliver to fans comprehensive coverage of both teams as the event approaches. Additionally, through the type of access only the NHL can provide, fans will see all the information, stories, exclusive reporting and video they need to prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. For the latest on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, fans should follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and join the conversation by using the official hashtag #WinterClassic.

The official 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® VIP ticket and hospitality packages are available exclusively from PrimeSport, the Official Fan Travel and Hospitality Package Partner of the NHL®. Packages include a game ticket, Official PrimeSport Pregame Party access, hotel accommodations, and more. For more information, please visit www.PrimeSport.com.

Washington, D.C. is known for being a destination rich in stirring monuments and free, world-class museums. Find hundreds of free (and almost free) things to do, as well as restaurants, neighborhood guides, and suggested itineraries on www.Washington.org. Visitors in search of insider tips and seasonal specials should check out www.DCcool.com. As supporters of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, hotel members of Destination DC, the official tourism and marketing office for Washington, D.C. have created 40+ seasonal hotel packages on a securing booking platform, accessible on Washington.org.

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NHL AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS REFURBISH STREET HOCKEY RINK AS PART OF
2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC LEGACY INITIATIVE POWERED BY CONSTELLATION
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Washington Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis,
Members of D.C. Parks & Recreation and D.C. Public Schools Unveil Community Improvements

NEW YORK (December 5, 2014) – The National Hockey League® and Washington Capitals refurbished ‘Watkins Rush Rink,’ a street hockey rink at the Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. as part of the NHL’s Legacy Initiative, an on-going philanthropic endeavor in which the League, the local Club, and League partners support community organizations in the host city of an NHL event. Thanks to the generous support of NHL partners Bridgestone, Franklin, Constellation, Pepco, ECORE International, and CleanRiver Recycling Solutions, as well as local support from D.C. Parks & Recreation and D.C. Public Schools, the legacy initiative invested more than $115,000 into the community. Contributions include:
 
· Brand new Sport Court
· New team benches
· Rubber matting surrounding the rink made from 170 recycled tires
· Repaired netting
· Repaired boards
· Updated energy efficient lighting
· New goalie nets
· New recycle bin receptacles
· New street hockey equipment

In addition to what was donated to ‘Watkins Rush Rink,’ street hockey development and training was provided by the Washington Capitals for 23 physical education teachers in 21 D.C. public schools to implement the sport into their programming, and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for youth through hockey. All of these schools received brand new street hockey equipment including sticks, balls, nets, and goalie pads, which will benefit more than 8,000 local students. Twelve lucky Watkins Elementary School students were the first to use the new street hockey rink, alongside Washington Capitals alumni Sylvain Cote, Rod Langway, and Alan May.

“While the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be memorable in a host of ways, it is a priority for the National Hockey League that the impact of this outstanding event lasts long after the game concludes,” National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “By refurbishing Watkins Rush Rink, we hope to provide a source of fun and fitness to generations of youngsters who want to enjoy street hockey – while also supporting our commitment to environmentally friendly initiatives.”

“The Winter Classic is a fabulous showcase and celebration of hockey, and our partnership in the NHL’s Legacy program will have a lasting impact on the Southeast D.C. community for years to come through the refurbishment of the Watkins Rush Rink,” said Ted Leonsis, founder and chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We have participated in and witnessed a tremendous growth in local amateur hockey during the last decade, and this street hockey opportunity will introduce even more boys and girls to the sport. The Winter Classic, while a New Year’s Day spectacle, is more than just one game; it’s an event that impacts our team, our fans and our city. It’s an exciting time and opportunity for our organization and community.”

“DPR is appreciative of the gift of the equipment and renovations to the Watkins Rush Rink from the NHL and the Washington Capitals,” said Dr. Sharia Shanklin, acting director, D.C. Department of Parks & Recreation. “These organizations reached out to DPR so they could give back to this community and to help DPR bolster and expand our sports’ programs and opportunities for youth to participate in both street and ice hockey. These improvements will help spread the “Rock the Red” spirit across the District at the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 but also here in our neighborhood on a daily basis.”

Jonathan Toews And Chicago Blackhawks Host David Backes And St. Louis Blues On Wednesday Night Rivalry On NBCSN

nhl-nbc-rivalryBlues-Blackhawks on Wednesday Night RivalryWednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Doubleheader Tomorrow Night on NBCSN – Lightning-Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Flyers-Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

College Hockey on NBCSN – No. 17 Boston College-New Hampshire Friday at 8 p.m. ET, Maine-No. 7 UMass Lowell Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 1, 2014 – NBCSN presents a Central Division showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry this week, when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host David Backes and the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage begins on NBCSN with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET.

This week’s hockey coverage on NBCSN starts with a doubleheader tomorrow night, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Tyler Ennis and the Buffalo Sabres. The second game of NBCSN’s Tuesday night NHL doubleheader features Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers against Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will present two Hockey East matchups this weekend as NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014-15 college hockey season continues. The New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a matchup between the Maine Black Bears and the No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of this week’s Blues-Blackhawks, Lightning-Sabres, Flyers-Sharks, New Hampshire-Boston College, and Maine-UMass-Lowell matchups.

This week’s NHL pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tomorrow night’s studio coverage with analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Milbury, Roenick and Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

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

St. Louis and Chicago renew their bitter Central Division rivalry on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in the Blues’ first trip to United Center since their Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending their 2014 campaign with four straight losses.

The Blues enter this Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup with wins in four of their last five games, including a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Captain David Backes had the tying goal in the win, while leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and tallied the shootout winner. The Blackhawks have won six of their last seven games, including back-to-back 4-1 wins in Los Angeles and Anaheim last weekend. In their previous meeting this season, St. Louis overcame goals by Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg to defeat Chicago 3-2 on Oct. 25.

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 Chicago.

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

Steven Stamkos and the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres tomorrow night on NBCSN. Stamkos ranks fifth in the NHL in points (28) and third in goals (15) for the Lightning, who lead the NHL in goals scored (84). The Sabres have won five of their last six games, including a home-and-home sweep of the Montreal Canadiens last weekend. Tampa Bay looks to earn a season sweep of the New York Rangers tonight, and could move to the top of the NHL standings with a victory.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

FLYERS-SHARKS – TOMORROW NIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tomorrow’s NHL doubleheader on NBCSN continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sharks look to build off a 6-4 win over Anaheim on Saturday night, led by two goals from Couture. In the Flyers’ most recent visit to San Jose last February, Giroux notched one goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Sharks.

Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (analyst) will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 17 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents two college hockey matchups this weekend featuring Hockey East teams, beginning on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the New Hampshire Wildcats host the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. The Eagles look to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Providence College last Saturday, despite 37 saves from goaltender Thatcher Demko.

Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, N.H.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – MAINE AT NO. 7 UMASS-LOWELL SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks host the Maine Black Bears Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET in this weekend’s second Hockey East matchup on NBCSN. The River Hawks are unbeaten in conference play (5-0-2), and will host UConn on Wednesday night prior to Saturday night’s game against the Black Bears.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and AJ Mleczko (analyst) will have the call from Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

Note: Tomorrow night’s Flyers-Sharks game is subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., December 2 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., December 3 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 5 College Hockey – No. 17 Boston College at New Hampshire NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., December 6 College Hockey – Maine at No. 7 UMass-Lowell NBCSN 8 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Philadelphia Flyers Host New York Rangers In 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Rangers Visit Flyers in 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC; NHL Live On-Site in Philadelphia

“I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play.” – Rangers Forward Martin St. Louis to Pierre McGuire

Boston Bruins Host Pittsburgh Penguins Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Detroit Red Wings Host Flyers Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. ET, when Martin St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Coverage begins with NHL Live – NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre-game show – on-site from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage continues on Wednesday night, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host the Flyers at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide live coverage of Penguins-Bruins, Flyers-Red Wings, and Rangers-Flyers.

NHL THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: RANGERS AT FLYERS – FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Flyers and Rangers face off in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown this Friday on NBC following their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown last week on NBCSN. Last Wednesday, goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced, and Rangers leading scorer Rick Nash found the back of the net in a 2-0 victory in New York. The Flyers enter the week following a 4-2 victory on Saturday, and face the New York Islanders and Red Wings prior to Friday’s game. The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay on Wednesday to face the Lightning.

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 Philadelphia.

PIERRE MCGUIRE INTERVIEWS RANGERS FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS

NBC’s coverage will feature a sit-down interview with Pierre McGuire and Rangers forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed the joy he gets from seeing his three young boys play hockey, while finding the balance between being a star hockey player, a husband and a father.

Following are excerpts from McGuire’s conversation with St. Louis:

St. Louis on the joy of watching his boys play hockey: “I love playing hockey – I think I love watching my kids play hockey more than I love to play. It’s great when they score, and for them, that’s the reward. Knowing the game the way I know the game, it’s the little things they do on the ice that nobody sees…but I see it, and that’s what makes me proud of how they play the game.”

St. Louis comparing his nerves on the ice to his nerves watching his boys on the ice: “I’m probably more on the edge of my seat watching them play than when I play, because when I play, I have control. When they’re out there, sometimes they get in a vulnerable position, and I tell them, ‘If you stay down, you better be hurt.’”

St. Louis on taking his boys to practice during early mornings after Rangers’ night games: “My dad (would take me to practice) at 6 a.m., 7 a.m.…it’s just part of being a dad. That’s the time that you can’t get back.”

PENGUINS AT BRUINS – TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage kicks off tonight, when the Penguins travel to Boston to face the Bruins at 7 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby is currently tied with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin for second in the NHL in points (26), behind Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (29), which has propelled Pittsburgh to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division (13-4-2), tied with the New York Islanders (14-6-0). Last year, the Bruins won two of three meetings against the Penguins, including both matchups in Boston.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

FLYERS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Coverage continues Wednesday when the Flyers travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Detroit looks to rebound from a 4-1 loss on Saturday to Toronto. In their last meeting on Oct. 25, Detroit outshot Philadelphia 37-17, but Flyers goaltender Ray Emery stopped 35 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings.

Jim Jackson (play-by-play), Bill Clement (analyst), and Chris Therien (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

This week’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Kathryn Tappen anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, and hosts Wednesday night’s coverage alongside Keith Jones and Bob McKenzie.

Note: Both Penguins-Bruins and Flyers-Red Wings games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., November 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Boston NBCSN 7p.m.
Wed., November 26 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., November 28 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia NBCSN 1 p.m.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Commissioner Bettman Statement on the Passing of Pat Quinn

nhl-logoNEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of long-time player, coach, executive and Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn:

“Whether he was playing for a team, coaching a team or building one, Pat Quinn was thoughtful, passionate and committed to success. Pat’s contributions to hockey, at every level, reflected the skills he possessed and the great respect with which he treated the sport. The National Hockey League, one of the many organizations to benefit from his devoted service, sends heartfelt condolences to Pat’s loved ones and his many friends around the hockey world.”

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Milan Lucic And Boston Bruins Battle Jimmy Howard And Detroit Red Wings In Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup

nhl_nbc_2Red Wings Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Sabres-Hurricanes Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

First Intermission of Wednesday Night Rivalry to Feature In-Depth Discussion on Future of Fighting in Hockey with Analyst Mike Milbury & Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

NHL Rivals Returns with Premiere of “Original Six” Tuesday Night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s 2014-15 College Hockey Coverage Starts This Weekend with Notre Dame-Lake Superior State Series

NHL Opening Night Draws Record Viewership For NBCSN; CSN Chicago Posts Record Ratings

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2014 – Following the most-watched NHL opening night doubleheader on record, including the highest-rated regular-season game ever on NBCSN, the network’s NHL coverage continues this week featuring an Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins, and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tomorrow with the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Original Six, a new episode in the NHL Rivals series, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Hockey coverage concludes this weekend with two college hockey contests featuring Notre Dame and Lake Superior State this weekend.

NHL game coverage begins both nights at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre- and post-game studio show. Kathryn Tappen makes her 2014-15 NHL Live debut by anchoring Tuesday’s coverage alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, while Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday’s coverage with Milbury, Jones, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry first intermission coverage will feature an in-depth conversation with Milbury and McKenzie regarding the future of fighting in hockey. Last week, Milbury was outspoken about it being the right time to eliminate fighting from the game.

Milbury on future of fighting in hockey: “It’s time to get rid of fighting…as much as I liked a good scrap in my day, there are too many issues here involving concussions…let’s grow up and get rid of it.”

Milbury on minimizing concussions as the driving force to end fighting: “So many problems with concussions. If you can eliminate certain things (that cause concussions), and one of them is a fight that would eliminate a concussion, you have to do it…it’s time.”

Click here to see Milbury’s comments on fighting: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/it-time-get-rid-fighting-hockey

Following is media reaction to Milbury’s commentary:

Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir on Milbury: “Milbury delivered a clear message…It takes guts to let go of a previously cherished notion. In doing so, Milbury proved he can’t be stereotyped.”

L.A. Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth on Milbury: “The 62-year-old NBC Sports Network NHL analyst may be just the right voice at the right time in the sports’ evolution to start a dialogue of change.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BRUINS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s iteration of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN features an Original Six showdown between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Red Wings square off in Detroit for the second time in less than one week. Last Thursday, Jimmy Howard turned aside 16 of 17 shots, while Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net in a 2-1 Red Wings victory. The two teams also met in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the top-seeded Bruins dispatched the Red Wings in five games to advance to the second round.

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.

“ORIGINAL SIX” NHL RIVALSTUESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry kicks off with the return of NHL Rivals, NBCSN’s original series that examines the history and personalities that comprise hockey’s greatest rivalries, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET. This week’s episode highlights the history of the Original Six rivalries that dominated the sport from 1942-1967, when the league featured just six teams, including the Red Wings and Bruins.

Following are excerpts from tomorrow’s episode of NHL Rivals:

Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on rivalry between Montreal Canadiens’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Detroit Red Wings’ Gordie Howe: “In the way that New Yorkers once debated who was the greater center fielder – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle – people in hockey said, ‘Who’s the greater number nine? Who’s the greater right wing?’ It was the ‘great nine’ debate.”

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on the significance of the Original Six: “The NHL is a league that consists of 30 teams – a big part of that has to do with the players that played in the Original Six…they built this league.”
SABRES AT HURRICANES – TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when 2014 second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart and the Buffalo Sabres visit Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. Reinhart made his NHL debut last week in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Columbus. The Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game following back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders to open their season.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NOTRE DAME VS. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN kicks off its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with a weekend series featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Lake Superior State Lakers, beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air live coverage of the second game between the Fighting Irish and Lakers on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (Inside-the-Glass) will have the call from Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

All games will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Following is this week’s NHL and college coverage on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 14 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Original Six (Premiere) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., October 15 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., October 17 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 18 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 6 p.m.

NHL OPENING NIGHT DRAWS RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR NBCSN

Last week, NBCSN began the 2014-15 season with two matchups – Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Flyers-Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN.

The second game of the doubleheader, featuring the San Jose Sharks against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (10:06 p.m. ET – 1:14 a.m. ET), averaged 446,000 viewers, the most ever on NBCSN for an NHL regular-season “late” game (puck drop after 9 p.m. ET), excluding last season’s Ducks-Kings outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.

Combined, the doubleheader averaged a 0.43 household rating and 679,000 viewers, making it the best NHL opening night doubleheader on record (data available since 1993), and up 19% and 13%, respectively, vs. the most-recent opening night doubleheader to begin the 2011-12 season (0.36 HH rating; 601,000 viewers). Click here for full release: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/09/nhl-opening-night-draws-record-viewership-for-nbcsn/

RECORD LOCAL AND REGIONAL RATINGS

NBC Sports Regional Networks are also posting impressive early season numbers, highlighted by the Blackhawks’ best start ever on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, averaging a 4.9 HH rating through two games. Overall, this season’s NHL games are averaging a 2.7 across the NBC Sports Group’s lineup of CSN regionals, up 15% vs. last year’s regular-season average rating (2.3).

Last Thursday’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild on NBCSN delivered a 6.75 rating in Minneapolis, which was the best NHL regular-season rating ever in the market on NBCSN.
2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

NHL Live Analysts Jeremy Roenick And Keith Jones Preview Upcoming NHL Season

NBCSN_Logo“You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.” – Jeremy Roenick

“The West appears to be so much stronger yet again.” – Keith Jones

NHL Season Preview Airs Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Season Begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, Followed by Sharks-Kings at 10 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Two Days Until Hockey – NHL Live analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones will join host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury tomorrow night on NBCSN’s NHL Season Preview tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. The program will provide commentary and analysis as NHL teams prepare for the 2014-15 season, and will also feature segments with NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

The puck drops on the NHL regular season in two days, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by a Pacific Division showdown between the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

Following are quotes from Roenick and Jones heading into the 2014-15 NHL season:

Roenick on the Western Conference favorites: “The Kings have to be the favorites again. It’s extremely hard to repeat…we haven’t had a repeat in nearly 20 years. That’s a tall order, but they have such good chemistry and they are so well-coached. You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.”

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Roenick on the Colorado Avalanche: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado is ready to make that leap. Tyson Barrie is going to emerge as a top defenseman. Adding Danny Briere, Scott Hannan and Jarome Iginla to that lineup adds more veteran leadership, which is something that they haven’t had. Iginla helping out those young studs like Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon is going to be very valuable. It reminds me of when Ray Bourque went to Colorado to win a Stanley Cup.”

Jones on the Avalanche: “I don’t think they’ll have as many points in the regular season, but they’ll be as good. Paul Stastny moving to St. Louis takes away a veteran player that was very productive in Colorado, but there’s so much more to like with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. That’s a Patrick Roy-coached team that will not take any nights off. The main question is – can Semyon Varlamov duplicate his season from last year?”

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Roenick on the San Jose Sharks: “They didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve their team. When you don’t win, it’s always going to come down to your leaders. You’ve got to score goals in big situations. Until that happens, guys are going to be questioned. Joe Thornton is going to be questioned. Patrick Marleau is going to be questioned. Joe and Patty are running into that time in their careers when their legacy is going to be that they were great players in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they couldn’t figure it out.”

Jones on the Sharks: “They’re going to be really good. If they don’t lose Marc-Edouard Vlasic in that first-round series last season, they don’t lose four straight to the L.A. Kings. They have to come to the realization that with Vlasic in the lineup, they were a better team than L.A., and we’re not talking about the disastrous collapse, if Vlasic doesn’t get hurt. I’m not worried about San Jose. If I was in the Western Conference and in their division, I would be worried about playing against them.”

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Roenick on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota is a real sleeper. Thomas Vanek is going to be happy playing at home in Minnesota. If they can get their goaltending straight, if Niklas Backstrom can come back and stay healthy – that’s the key for them.”

Jones on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota jumps out to me as a team that will be really dangerous, as do the Dallas Stars. They’ve both improved from the outside, and their younger players gained valuable experience in the playoffs. Both will be right there, and difficult outs come playoff time.”

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Jones on the Tampa Bay Lightning: “Tampa Bay has made some big-time strides this offseason, and should take another step forward this year, especially with a healthy Steven Stamkos to start the year, and Ben Bishop healthy in goal. I look forward to watching that team. They’re going to be near the top of the Eastern Conference.”

Jones on the Boston Bruins: “The Bruins still look like the superior team, but they’re not quite as strong as when they began last season. You can’t keep everybody in this salary cap world. Johnny Boychuk is an example of that. They also had Iginla move on, who had such a good year for them last year. I don’t see the same team as last year, but I still see a lot to look forward to as a Bruins fan.”

Jones on the Detroit Red Wings: “They have been hit by that injury bug to two of their key guys, with both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk being banged up last year. I’m concerned about that, but I love their depth and the young talent they have. Gustav Nyquist was outstanding last year, and Tomas Tatar showed a lot. The blue line is much better than they get credit for. They’re going to be dangerous – but it’s imperative they have a healthy Datsyuk and Zetterberg for the majority of the season. If they are healthy, they have a chance to come out of the East.”

Jones on the Pittsburgh Penguins: “There are question marks in Pittsburgh. Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik are big losses. The Penguins blue line worries me. The health of Paul Martin for a full season worries me. Evegni Malkin’s mystery injury to start camp is concerning. There are elements up front that are extremely dangerous, but the back end worries me. Marc-Andre Fleury worries me, and you hope in the last year of his contract that he uses it as motivation. But the playoffs are usually the time for motivation, and he hasn’t looked good in the postseason.”

Jones on the New York Islanders: “They’ve brought in two guys (Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy) that will help, there’s no doubt about that. They both have elements to their game that have to make Islanders fans feel pretty good about their chances. Boychuk has one of the hardest shots in the league, and Leddy is a very good puck-moving, offensively-gifted defenseman, so they will help their power play, which can be deadly with John Tavares running the show. The Islanders are a team that you have to give consideration to being a playoff team.”

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

One Week Until NHL Regular Season Begins On NBCSN – Wednesday, October 8

nhl_nbc_2NBC Sports Group “NHL Faceoff” Conference Call TODAY At 4 P.M. ET

Doubleheader Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Boston Bruins Hosting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry

2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings Host San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Minnesota Wild Host Colorado Avalanche in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Rematch Thursday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN to Air Hour-Long NHL Season Preview Special at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 7

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Coming off the most-watched NHL full regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006, NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season with an opening night doubleheader on October 8 on NBCSN, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Coverage continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quick and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings raise their 2014 Stanley Cup banner to the STAPLES Center rafters, before opening the 2014-15 campaign against Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre-game and post-game show. Opening week coverage continues on Thursday from St. Paul, Minn., when the Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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 Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call Sharks-Kings from Los Angeles. John Forslund (play-by-play) and McGuire (analyst) will call Avalanche-Wild on Thursday.

Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP “NHL FACEOFF” CONFERENCE CALL TODAY AT 4 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ Analyst), as well as NBC Sports and NBCSN’s executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season on a media conference call today at 4 p.m. ET.

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NHL SEASON PREVIEWTUESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Prior to puck drop on Wednesday night, NBCSN will break down the 2013-14 regular season with an hour-long edition of NHL Season Preview, airing live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. NHL Live’s Liam McHugh will host the show alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick.  Tuesday’s show will also feature segments with McGuire and Olczyk on-site from TD Garden in Boston, previewing Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

NHL LIVE ON NBCSN

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live pre-game and post-game studio show, provides insight and analysis for every NHL game on NBC and NBCSN.  NHL Live will usually begin 30 minutes prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the conclusion of the game.

NBC Sports Group’s Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Hosts Kathryn Tappen and former NHL players and analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, will also contribute throughout the season.

NHL RIVALS AND NHL TOP 10 RETURN FOR 2014-15

NBCSN’s NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 programs will return for the 2014-15 season, examining the greatest NHL rivalries and analyzing timeless hockey debates on iconic NHL teams, players and moments in the sport’s history. NHL Rivals premieres this season on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET with a special Original Six edition, prior to the Wednesday, Oct. 15 matchup between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

NHL Rivals airs each week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, and examines the matchup featured on Wednesday Night Rivalry the following evening.

NHL Top 10, which will airs 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, featuring commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

Following is next week’s NHL telecast schedule on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., October 8 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., October 9 Colorado at Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.

NHL ON NBC POSTS RECORD RATINGS IN 2013-14

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage drew record ratings during the 2013-14 NHL campaign, notching some of the highest regular-season, postseason and Stanley Cup Final ratings over the last 20 years.

  • The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 1.445 million viewers on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, making it the second-most watched postseason since NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage in 2005-06.
  • The 2014 Stanley Cup Final, won in five games by the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers, was just the fifth Final in 20 years to average more than 5.0 million viewers.
  • For the 77 playoff games telecast on NBCSN and CNBC, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a 0.66 HH rating and 1.098 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable in 17 years (1997, 1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2).
  • The 2013-14 regular season set viewership records for NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN averaged 351,000 viewers over 88 telecasts, making it the most-watched regular season since NBC Sports Group began exclusive coverage in 2005-06. In addition, NBC averaged 1.683 million viewers over 13 games, making it the most-watched regular season on NBCSN since 2005-06.
  • GAME 5: The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which was unauthenticated, delivered record traffic for an NHL game on NBC Sports Live Extra for virtually every metric, including uniques (274,473) and live minutes (11,423,556). Live-streaming for the five-game 2014 Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 603,000 uniques and 37.14 million minutes, up 38% and 22%, respectively, vs. last year and made 2014 the most-consumed Stanley Cup Final ever.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE


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NHLonNBC ON TWITTER: Follow @NHLonNBCSports on Twitter for the most up to date news, scores, photos and videos around NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of the NHL. For all games on NBC and NBCSN use #NHLonNBC to follow the conversation around the broadcast. A special #RivalryNight is used for all Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchups on NBCSN.

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