ESPN networks will televise every game of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 beginning Saturday, Sept. 17.
ESPN’s 12-game World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule will begin Thursday, September 8 with Team Sweden and Team Finland at 12 p.m. ET and the Czech Republic taking on Russia in St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. (both on ESPN3). Team Europe and Team North America – comprised of top players age 23 and … Read More
NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose, SportsCenter anchors Steve Levy and John Buccigross and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes will call ESPN’s telecasts of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre from September 17 – October. A minimum of 16 games (17 if the final goes three) will be televised.
NBC SPORTS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF CONFERENCE CALL – TOMORROW AT 1:30 P.M. ET
NBCSN’s Coverage Begins Wednesday with Game 1 Doubleheader
(3) Red Wings-(2) Lightning at 7 p.m. ET; (3) Blackhawks-(2) Blues at 9:30 p.m. ET
USA Network Presents Game 1 of (3) Rangers-(2) Penguins Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
Pre-Game Coverage Begins with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 11, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins with three first-round games on Wednesday night, the first night of two months of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey. In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel. First-round games on cable are subject to local blackouts.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC, all via “TV Everywhere.”
NBC Sports Group’s Game 1 tripleheader begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning host the (3) Detroit Red Wings, and continues at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network, when the (2) Pittsburgh Penguins host the (3) N.Y. Rangers in a pair of rematches from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coverage shifts west at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the (3) Chicago Blackhawks visit the (2) St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Coverage begins Wednesday night at 6 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBCSN. On most nights of the first round, NBC Sports Group will produce two versions of NHL Live (one for NBCSN, one for USA Network/CNBC) from separate studios at its International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn. NHL Live will feature a combination of hosts Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, and Dave Briggs, and analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.
NBC SPORTS GROUP 2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL – TOMORROW AT 1:30 P.M. ET
NBC Sports Group NHL Live studio analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call on tomorrow, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 719-457-2648; Passcode: 4723017.
- WHAT: NBC Sports Group 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Call
- WHO: Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Executive Producer Sam Flood
- WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. ET
- NUMBER: 719-457-2648
- PASSCODE: 4723017
GAME 1 BROADCAST TEAMS
NBC Sports Group has announced Game 1 broadcast pairings for the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will serve as the lead commentary team throughout the postseason and into the Stanley Cup Final. Following are NBC Sports Group’s Game 1 broadcast teams.
|Game 1 Matchup||Play-by-Play||Analysts|
|CHI-STL||Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick||Pierre McGuire|
|DET-TB||Chris Cuthbert||Ray Ferraro|
|NYR-PIT||John Forslund||Brian Boucher|
|PHI-WSH||Jim Jackson||Bill Clement|
|NYI-FLA||Kenny Albert||Pierre McGuire|
|MIN-DAL||Gord Miller||Ray Ferraro|
|SJ-LA||Randy Hahn||Jamie Baker|
|NSH-ANA||John Forslund||Bret Hedican|
NBC Sports Group’s first-round broadcast teams will also include Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Pat Foley, and analysts Eddie Olczyk and Joe Micheletti.
NBC SPORTS GROUP STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAME 1 COVERAGE
(3) DETROIT RED WINGS AT (2) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – GAME 1 ON WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage features a doubleheader on NBCSN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, when Ben Bishop and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning host Pavel Datsyuk and the (3) Detroit Red Wings. This marks the second consecutive season these two teams will meet in the first round. Last year, Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced to propel Tampa Bay to a 2-0 win in a decisive Game 7 of their first-round series. The Red Wings will look to rally around the 37-year-old Datsyuk, who announced that he will leave the Red Wings after the postseason. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Ray Ferraro (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will have the call from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
(3) NEW YORK RANGERS AT (2) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – GAME 1 AT 8 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK
USA Network’s coverage begins Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, when Sidney Crosby and the (2) Pittsburgh Penguins host Henrik Lundqvist and the (3) New York Rangers. These rivals will clash in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season. In 2014, the Rangers dispatched of the Penguins in seven games in their second-round series, and beat Pittsburgh in five games in their first-round series last year. The Penguins finished the season with a 14-2-0 record in their last 16 games, and defeated the Rangers three times in March. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass) will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
(3) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT (2) ST. LOUIS BLUES – GAME 2 ON WEDNESDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s Game 1 doubleheader continues with a classic Central Division rivalry at 9:30 p.m. ET, when Patrick Kane and the (3) Chicago Blackhawks visit David Backes and the (2) St. Louis Blues. Kane recorded 106 points this season (46g/60a) to become the first-ever American-born player to lead the NHL in points in a single season, while his linemate Artemi Panarin led all rookies with 77 points (30g/47a). The Blues have been led offensively by Vladimir Tarasenko, who netted 40 goals this season, fourth-best in the league. This is the 12th all-time playoff series between the clubs; Chicago holds an 8-3 series edge, and defeated St. Louis in six games in their 2014 first-round matchup. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call the action from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
(WC2) PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT (1) WASHINGTON CAPITALS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Alex Ovechkin and the (1) Washington Capitals renew their rivalry with Claude Giroux and the (WC2) Philadelphia Flyers with a first-round matchup, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Capitals earned their third Presidents’ Trophy in seven seasons with a league-leading 120 points, while Philadelphia posted a 15-5-3 record in its last 23 games to clinch the final Wild Card spot in the East. Ovechkin led the league for the fourth consecutive season with 50 goals, the seventh time he’s reached the 50-goal plateau. Jim Jackson (play-by-play) and Bill Clement (analyst) will call the game from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
(WC1) N.Y. ISLANDERS AT (1) FLORIDA PANTHERS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON CNBC
CNBC’s playoff coverage begins Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET, when Jaromir Jagr and the (1) Florida Panthers host John Tavares and the (WC1) New York Islanders in the first-ever postseason meeting between the two teams. Florida won the Atlantic Division for only the second time in their history, led by the 44-year-old Jagr, who paced the club with 66 points (27g/39a). Tavares led the Isles with 70 points this season (33g/37a), and enters the postseason on a four-game goal-scoring streak. Both clubs will look to snap long postseason series droughts; the Isles have not won a playoff series since 1993, while Florida has not won a playoff series since 1996. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass) will provide commentary from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
(WC2) MINNESOTA WILD AT (1) DALLAS STARS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Mikko Koivu and the (WC2) Minnesota Wild begin their first-round series against Jamie Benn and the (1) Dallas Stars on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Minnesota will look to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season, after a seven-game first-round series win against Colorado in 2014, and a six-game victory against St. Louis last year. The Stars finished the season with the Western Conference’s best record for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Benn led the league in points in the 2014-15 season, and notched 89 points this year (41g/48a) to finish second. This is the first-ever playoff meeting between the Wild and the Stars, who were formerly the Minnesota North Stars before moving to Dallas in 1993. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Ray Ferraro (‘Inside-the-Glass) will call the action from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
(3) SAN JOSE SHARKS AT (2) LOS ANGELES KINGS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC
The Sharks and Kings face off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in the last six seasons, as San Jose aims to avenge its loss to Los Angeles in 2014, when the Kings rattled off four straight wins to erase a 3-0 first-round series deficit en route to their Stanley Cup title. The Sharks are led offensively by Joe Thornton (82 pts) and Joe Pavelski (78 pts), who finished tied for fourth and tied for six place, respectively, in points in the league this season. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick led the NHL with 68 starts in net, and set a career high with 40 wins. Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (‘Inside-the-Glass’) call Game 1 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
(WC1) NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT (1) ANAHEIM DUCKS – GAME 1 ON FRIDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Ryan Getzlaf and the Pacific Division-champion (1) Anaheim Ducks kick off their first-round series on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET against Shea Weber and the (WC1) Nashville Predators. Anaheim sat in last place in the Pacific Division at the Christmas break before a league-best 34-10-5 record to close out the season and grab the division crown. Nashville returns to the postseason for the second consecutive year, led by forward Filip Forsberg, who notched 34 points (19g/15a) in his last 30 games. This marks the second all-time playoff meeting between the two clubs; Nashville defeated Anaheim in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals in six games. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round television schedule through Wed., April 20. Dates for potential Game 5, 6 and 7 matchups have been determined, but not television networks or times. (NOTE: Games airing on NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are subject to local blackouts in the first round; all times ET and subject to change):
|Wed., April 13||Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Pittsburgh||USA Network||8 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Thu., April 14||Game 1 – (WC2) Philadelphia at (1) Washington||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida||CNBC||8 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (WC2) Minnesota at (1) Dallas||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (3) San Jose at (2) Los Angeles||CNBC||10:30 p.m.|
|Fri., April 15||Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay||CNBC||7 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida||NHL Network||7:30 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Game 1 – (WC1) Nashville at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., April 16||Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Pittsburgh||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (WC2) Philadelphia at (1) Washington||CNBC||7 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (WC2) Minnesota at (1) Dallas||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (3) San Jose at (2) Los Angeles||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 17||Game 3 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit||CNBC||7 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (1) Florida at (WC1) N.Y. Islanders||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Game 2 – (WC1) Nashville at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Mon., April 18||Game 3 – (1) Washington at (WC2) Philadelphia||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (1) Dallas at (WC2) Minnesota**||CNBC||8:30 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (2) Los Angeles at (3) San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|Tues., April 19||Game 4 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers||USA Network||7 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (WC1) Nashville||USA Network||9:30 p.m.|
|Wed., April 20||Game 4 – (1) Washington at (WC2) Philadelphia||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (1) Florida at (WC1) N.Y. Islanders||USA Network||8 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (1) Dallas at (WC2) Minnesota||NBCSN||9:30 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (2) Los Angeles at (3) San Jose||USA Network||10:30 p.m.|
|Thur., April 21||Game 5 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay*||TBD||7 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (WC1) Nashville||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Game 5 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis*||TBD||TBD|
|Fri., April 22||Game 5 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5 – (WC2) Philadelphia at (1) Washington*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5 – (WC2) Minnesota at (1) Dallas*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 5 – (3) San Jose at (2) Los Angeles||TBD||TBD|
|Sat., April 23||Game 5 – (3) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Pittsburgh*||TBD||3 p.m.|
|Game 6 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago*||TBD||8 p.m.|
|Game 5 – (WC1) Nashville at (1) Anaheim*||TBD||TBD|
|Sun., April 24||Game 6 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit*||TBD||12:30 p.m.|
|Game 6 – (1) Washington at (WC2) Philadelphia*||TBD||3 p.m.|
|Game 6 – (1) Florida at (WC1) N.Y. Islanders*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6 – (1) Dallas at (WC2) Minnesota*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6 – (2) Los Angeles at (3) San Jose*||TBD||TBD|
|Mon., April 25||Game 6 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6 – (1) Anaheim at (WC1) Nashville*||TBD||TBD|
|Tues, April 26||Game 7 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (WC2) Minnesota at (1) Dallas*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (3) San Jose at (2) Los Angeles*||TBD||TBD|
|Wed., April 27||Game 7 – (WC2) Philadelphia at (1) Washington*||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (3) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Pittsburgh||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7 – (WC1) Nashville at (1) Anaheim||TBD||TBD|
**NBCSN will join in progress following Flyers-Capitals game.
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 43 million U.S. households. NBC Sports Regional Networks serve the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals. In-depth coverage for those teams advancing to the postseason includes exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive on-line coverage via CSN’s team of NHL Insiders.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–
- Multiplatform Coverage of All Three Games from Tampa, Florida
- John Buccigross and Barry Melrose Call the Action; Quint Kessenich and Victoria Arlen Report
- Fans Invited to Meet, Talk #CawlidgeHawkey with Buccigross and Melrose at Friday Night Event
ESPN will offer multiplatform coverage of the 2016 Frozen Four live from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 9. The No. 1 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the Boston College Eagles in the first semifinal (5 p.m. ET), followed by the No. 3 seeded North Dakota Fighting Hawks facing off against the Denver Pioneers in the second semifinal (8:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 7. The two winning teams will face off in the Frozen Four Championship (8 p.m.) on Saturday, April 9. ESPN2 will televise both semifinals and ESPN will air the championship game. ESPN3 will offer ‘Surround’ coverage for all three games. The Frozen Four is the culmination of the Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship.
- The Bobcats: Quinnipiac is the top overall seed in the 16-team championship and earned an automatic bid by winning the ECAC. The Bobcats advance to the Frozen Four through the East regional, defeating RIT and UMass-Lowell.
- The Eagles: Boston College was an at-large entry into the championship out of Hockey East. The Eagles advanced to the Frozen Four through the Northeast regional, defeating Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth.
- The Fighting Hawks: North Dakota is the third overall seed, earning an at-large bid out of the NCHC. The Fighting Hawks advanced to the Frozen Four through the Midwest regional, defeating Northeastern and Michigan.
- The Pioneers: Denver was an at-large entry out of NCHC. The Pioneers advanced to the Frozen Four through the West regional, defeating Boston University and Ferris State.
The complete championship bracket is available here.
John Buccigross and Barry Melrose will call all three games of the Frozen Four, with Quint Kessenich reporting from between the benches. New this year, Victoria Arlen will join the telecast, telling the untold stories of the participating teams and players. Arlen, a former Paralympian gold medalist, joined ESPN as a features reporter last year and regularly reports for espnW, X Games and SportsCenter.
Buccigross, the popular SportsCenter anchor, has developed a passionate following on Twitter (@Buccigross) through consistent college hockey dialogue with fans (#cawlidgehawkey) and by showcasing hockey throughout the country.
Melrose, who has been with ESPN 19 of the last 20 years and has been an analyst for several Frozen Fours, played 11 seasons in the NHL before leading the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals as head coach.
Additional ESPN Coverage Elements
- On Ice Audio: The referee for all three games will wear a wireless microphone and audio will be incorporated sporadically throughout the telecast.
- Ice Level View: ESPN3’s Surround streaming option allows fans to watch the game from ice level, via three robotic cameras place on the glass, and hear the natural sound inside the arena.
- Studio Coverage: Steve Levy will anchor the studio coverage from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT. Levy will be joined by college hockey analysts Sean Ritchlin and Dave Starman.
- Trophy Presentation: ESPN3 will carry the entire trophy presentation following the championship game.
- Join the Conversation: Fans can follow and participate in the conversation on Twitter through #FrozenFour and the @NCAAIceHockey.
|Date||Time (ET)||Frozen Four||Network/
|Thursday, April 7||5 p.m.||Semifinal No. 1:
Boston College vs. No. 1 Quinnipiac
|8:30 p.m.||Semifinal No. 2:
Denver vs. No. 3 North Dakota
|Saturday, April 9||8 p.m.||Championship Game||ESPN
Schedule subject to change
Meet and Greet with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose
ESPN will host a Frozen Four and #CawlidgeHawkey fan gathering on Friday, April 8, (7 p.m.) at the Champions Sports Bar inside the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose. The 75-minute session (7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.) with ESPN’s Frozen Four commentators is free of charge to the public and will feature a Q&A session, picture and autograph opportunities along with numerous giveaways. Additionally, the Mike Richter Award, presented to the college hockey’s top goaltender, will be given away that night with both Stanley Cup winning goaltender Mike Richter and the winning goaltender expected to be in attendance. The finalists for the award are:
- UMass Lowell’s Kevin Boyle
- Boston College’s Thatcher Demko
- North Dakota’s Cam Johnson
- Cloud State’s Charlie Lindgren
- Yale’s Alex Lyon
Media are also encouraged to attend and can reach out to Derek Volner at ESPN for more details. (Derek.Volner@ESPN.com). The audio of the event will be streamed live on USCHO.com.
Location: Champions Sports Bar inside the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel (700 South Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida.)
E:60 Pictures presents 20 Years and 11 Seconds
Thursday, April 7, at 11 p.m. on ESPN2 following the Denver vs. North Dakota semifinal
In 1995, Travis Roy was a promising freshman forward for the defending national champion Boston Terriers. On October 20th of that year, he skated onto the ice for his first ever collegiate game. Eleven seconds later his career was over. At the age of twenty, Travis was a quadriplegic.
Forced to give up his life’s passion, he battled through pain, grief and loss in order to fill his life with purpose. Travis discovered that purpose in his foundation and the thousands of lives he is able to touch. E:60 Pictures presents 20 Years and 11 Seconds, a journey through the inspirational life of Travis Roy who, as reporter Tom Rinaldi discovers, now can say he has done more in the last twenty years than he probably could have as a hockey player.
No SportsCenter Anchor Has Done More; Milestone Show Set for Feb. 21
A fixture on SportsCenter for nearly a quarter of a century, Linda Cohn will reach a milestone with ESPN’s signature news and information program in February.
Cohn, who has hosted more editions of SportsCenter than anyone in the 36-year history of the program, will anchor her 5,000th show on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN. More than 60,000 SportsCenters have aired since ESPN was launched in September of 1979.
“Congratulations to Linda on the momentous occasion of her 5,000th SportsCenter,” said John Skipper, ESPN president and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks. “It is a remarkable achievement. In her 23 years at ESPN, she has been one of the defining personalities of SportsCenter. The quality of her work and commitment has distinguished ESPN and made her one of the preeminent sportscasters of her time. She is an unsung pioneer though not to be unsung today.”
Cohn anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992, a 2 a.m. program in which she was paired with former ESPN anchor Chris Myers, now with Fox Sports.
“It’s just an amazing journey that I’ve been very fortunate to have been on for 23 years,” said Cohn. “As players and athletes always say, they don’t look at a number or body of work until that body of work is over, that’s how I kind of compare it. I don’t even think about the number.”
Cohn is now most often seen hosting weekend morning editions of SportsCenter (10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday). She also reports from events, as she will do from Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, and contributes features, including an in-depth interview with legendary NHL player Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers airing this week and a recent piece on Arizona Coyotes rookie Max Domi and his service dog.
During her career at ESPN, the versatile Cohn has hosted, reported, commentated, interviewed, written and called play-by-play. She also has appeared in many of ESPN’s iconic “This Is SportsCenter” commercials. A partial list of events, sports and assignments Cohn has had for ESPN in addition to anchoring 5,000 SportCenters:
|Baseball Tonight||NFL Draft|
|WNBA Draft||MLB Playoffs|
|National Hockey Night||Sunday NFL Countdown|
|nhl2night||Men’s Final Four|
|rpm2night||NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|ESPN Radio NFL Sunday||NHL All-Star Game|
|SportsCenter at NBA All-Star Game||NHL Winter Classic|
|NASCAR Chase on ESPNEWS||X Games, Winter X Games|
|ESPN NY 98.7 New York Rangers broadcasts|
|Play-by-Play Assignments||ESPN the Magazine column|
|ESPN Radio commentaries|
Cohn’s early career included both radio and television, starting in local radio in 1981 in Patchogue, N.Y., on her native Long Island She became the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC) in 1987. Her first TV work was with WLIG-TV on Long Island as a part-time anchor and reporter, and before coming to ESPN, she was a sports anchor/reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle.
A hockey goalie in both high school and college, and still an ardent follower of the sport, Cohn in 2008, wrote and released Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys’ Club, a book about the challenges of her career, her life inside ESPN, sports personalities she has met/interviewed and more.
As far as she is concerned, Cohn would like to do many more shows.
“I just figure, hey, I’m going to work each day doing what I love to do,” she said. “There will be plenty of time to look back and say ‘wow, did I really do that many SportsCenters?’”
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NBCSN to Present Unique Men’s College Basketball and Hockey Doubleheader Between Same Schools on Same Day at Same Arena
Michigan State – Northeastern Men’s Hockey Game to Air at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Denzel Valentine Leads No. 1 Spartans Against Zach Stahl and Huskies in College Basketball Matchup
Paul Burmeister, Dave Kaplan and Carolyn Manno to Call Men’s Basketball Game
Steve Schlanger and Anson Carter to Call Men’s Hockey Matchup
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 15, 2015 – This Saturday, NBCSN will present what is believed to be the first-ever men’s college basketball and hockey doubleheader played between the same schools on the same day at the same arena. First, the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans, led by head coach Tom Izzo, take on the Northeastern Huskies in men’s basketball at 12:30 p.m. ET at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. Following hoops, the floor of Matthews Arena will transition from hardwood to ice for the nightcap portion of the same school, two-sport doubleheader. Coverage of Michigan State – Northeastern men’s hockey begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Michigan State G Denzel Valentine and the Spartans (11-0) enter Saturday’s game as the No. 1 team in the country, following a 58-52 win against Florida this past weekend. Northeastern G Zach Stahl and the Huskies (7-3) take the court coming off a 75-62 win over Stony Brook.
Northeastern and Michigan State have never met before in men’s basketball. Northeastern owns four all-time wins against current members of the Big Ten, with the last victory coming on Dec. 22, 2008 in a 55-42 victory at Indiana.
Michigan State C Mike Ferrantino and the Spartans (5-10-2) visit Matthews Arena following a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin last Saturday. Northeastern F Zach Aston-Reese and the Huskies (2-12-3) enter Saturday’s contest following a 3-4 loss to Boston College on December 6.
The Huskies and Spartan men’s hockey teams have faced each other five previous times, with Michigan State holding a 3-2-0 edge in the series. The two teams last met on Oct. 27, 1996, in a 6-5 Northeastern win at Matthews Arena.
Listed below is NBC Sports Group’s remaining coverage of the 2015-16 men’s college basketball and hockey seasons.
REMAINING 2015-16 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES ON NBCSN
|Sat., December 19||Michigan State at Northeastern||CAA||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 2||St. Joseph’s at Richmond||A-10||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 2||Dayton at Duquesne||A-10||2:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 2||Saint Louis at Rhode Island||A-10||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun., January 3||UMass at La Salle||A-10||5 p.m.|
|Sun., January 3||Fordham at George Washington||A-10||7 p.m.|
|Sun., January 10||Rhode Island at Saint Louis||A-10||Noon|
|Sun., January 10||Richmond at Fordham||A-10||2 p.m.|
|Sun., January 10||VCU at Saint Louis||A-10||4 p.m.|
|Sat., January 16||UMass at Davidson||A-10||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 16||La Salle at Rhode Island||A-10||2:30 p.m.|
|Sun., January 17||George Mason at Saint Louis||A-10||3 p.m.|
|Sat., January 23||Davidson at Richmond||A-10||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 23||St. Bonaventure at VCU||A-10||2:30 p.m.|
|Sat., January 30||Fordham at UMass||A-10||Noon|
|Sat., January 30||La Salle at Dayton||A-10||2 p.m.|
|Sun., January 31||George Washington at George Mason||A-10||Noon|
|Sat., February 6||Davidson at Duquesne||A-10||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., February 6||Delaware at William & Mary||CAA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sun., February 7||Saint Louis at St. Bonaventure||A-10||2 p.m.|
|Sat., February 13||James Madison at UNC Wilmington||CAA||3 p.m.|
|Sat., February 13||Hofstra at Delaware||CAA||5 p.m.|
|Sat., February 20||St. Bonaventure at Dayton||A-10||Noon|
|Sat., February 20||St. Joseph’s at Davidson||A-10||2 p.m.|
|Sun., February 21||La Salle at George Washington||A-10||Noon|
|Sun., February 21||Northeastern at Hofstra||CAA||2 p.m.|
|Sun., February 21||George Mason at UMass||A-10||4 p.m.|
|Sat., February 27||VCU at George Washington||A-10||12:30 p.m.|
|Sat., February 27||William & Mary at James Madison||CAA||2:30 p.m.|
|Sat., March 5||George Washington at Davidson||A-10||3:30 p.m.|
|Sun., March 6||CAA Semifinals||CAA||1 p.m.|
|Sun., March 6||CAA Semifinals||CAA||3:30 p.m.|
|Mon., March 7||CAA Finals||CAA||7 p.m.|
|Thur., March 10||A-10 Championship Second Round||A-10||Noon|
|Thur., March 10||A-10 Championship Second Round||A-10||2:30 p.m.|
|Thur., March 10||A-10 Championship Second Round||A-10||6:30 p.m.|
|Thur., March 10||A-10 Championship Second Round||A-10||9 p.m.|
|Fri., March 11||A-10 Championship Quarter Final||A-10||Noon|
|Fri., March 11||A-10 Championship Quarter Final||A-10||2:30 p.m.|
|Fri., March 11||A-10 Championship Quarter Final||A-10||6:30 p.m.|
|Fri., March 11||A-10 Championship Quarter Final||A-10||9 p.m.|
All games and times subject to change.
REMAINING 2015-16 MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY GAMES ON NBCSN
|Saturday, Dec. 19||Michigan State – Northeastern||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Friday, Jan. 8||Western Michigan – Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Friday, Jan. 15||Merrimack – Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Jan. 16||Merrimack – Notre Dame||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Friday, Jan. 29||Boston College – Notre Dame||7:35 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Friday, Feb. 12||Maine – Notre Dane||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Feb. 13||Maine – Notre Dame||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Friday, Feb 26||Boston University – Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||Boston University – Notre Dame||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
All games and times subject to change.
ABOUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present more than 40 college basketball games during the 2015-16 season, including 31 regular-season matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools, and coverage of the Atlantic 10 Championship and CAA conference tournament.
ABOUT COLLEGE HOCKEY ON NBCSN
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present 20 college hockey games this season, including 16 Notre Dame home games, and four Hockey East games. A total of 14 games will be televised on NBCSN, and an additional six games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.
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Wednesday Night Rivalry – Penguins-Capitals – Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Wednesday Nightcap – Predators-Sharks – Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, Immediately Following Penguins-Capitals
Steven Stamkos and Tampa Bay Lightning Visit David Backes and St. Louis Blues Tomorrow Night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 26, 2015 – Two iconic NHL superstars go head-to-head in one of this generation’s best player rivalries on Wednesday night, when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Penguins-Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry kicks off a doubleheader on NBCSN, followed by Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks hosting Filip Forsberg and the Nashville Predators at 10:30 p.m. ET in the Wednesday Nightcap.
Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Penguins-Capitals. Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary for Predators-Sharks.
This week’s coverage kicks off tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, when David Backes and the St. Louis Blues host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
NHL Live begins at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow and Wednesday. Kathryn Tappen will anchor tomorrow’s coverage alongside analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, and Liam McHugh will host Wednesday’s studio coverage with Milbury and Jones. NHL insider Bob McKenzie will join NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage to provide the latest in-depth news from around the league.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: PENGUINS-CAPITALS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Capitals enter their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown against the Penguins looking for their sixth consecutive win. Washington has posted a 6-1-0 record to start the 2015 campaign, and has outscored opponents 24-10 during its five-game winning streak. In their most recent outing, Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his first career hat trick and added two assists in a 7-4 win over the Oilers in Edmonton. The Penguins have notched points in four of their last five games after a 0-3 start this season. Pittsburgh defeated Nashville 2-1 on Saturday night, courtesy of newcomer Phil Kessel’s game-winner 41 seconds into overtime. In their last Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown, Evgeni Malkin recorded three assists in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win on Feb. 25, 2015 at the Verizon Center.
After meeting five times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 1991 to 1996, the rivalry between the Penguins and Capitals was reignited in their seven-game Conference Semifinals matchup in 2009. Ovechkin recorded 14 points for the highest single-series point total since 1995 to narrowly outscore Crosby (13 points), but the Penguins ultimately won the series in seven games en route to their Stanley Cup title. The two teams were featured in the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, which stands as the most-watched NHL game since 1975 with 4.5 million viewers.
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP – PREDATORS-SHARKS – WEDNESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s coast-to-coast Wednesday doubleheader heads west to San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Sharks host the Predators. Nashville has jumped out to the early Western Conference lead with a 6-1-1 record through eight games, led by strong play in net by Pekka Rinne, who boasts a 1.84 goals against average in seven appearances. The Sharks are coming off a 5-2 victory at home over the Carolina Hurricanes, in which Joel Ward notched his second career hat trick.
Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
LIGHTNING-BLUES – TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This week’s NHL coverage begins in St. Louis tomorrow night with an interconference matchup between the Lightning and Blues. Both teams earned points in their most recent games via overtime losses. Tampa Bay enters tomorrow night’s contest following three straight overtime games, including their 1-0 overtime loss in Chicago on Saturday night. The Blues also dropped their most recent decision in overtime by a score of 3-2 to the New York Islanders.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Following is this week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN:
|Tues., October 27||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tampa Bay at St. Louis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.*|
|Wed., October 28||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Rivalry – Pittsburgh at Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Wednesday Nightcap – Nashville at San Jose||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime||NBCSN||1 a.m.*|
*immediately following game coverage
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. This year’s coverage includes 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 12 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.
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 2015-16 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.
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NHL NETWORK UNVEILS NEW ON-AIR TALENT LINEUP FOR 2015-16 SEASON
Analysts Include Biron, Boucher, Hradek, Johnson, MacLean, Reid, Rupp, Smith, Stevens, Tortorella & Weekes
Live Studio Programming Begins Monday, October 5
SECAUCUS, N.J. (Sept. 22, 2015) – With 15 days to go until the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season, NHL Network today announced the on-air talent lineup for its three signature studio shows, NHL Live™ Powered By Constellation, NHL Tonight™ and On The Fly™.
The roster of analysts includes longtime NHL Network personalities E.J. Hradek and veteran goaltender Kevin Weekes, plus Hall of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens, 20-year veteran and two-time Stanley Cup winner John MacLean, two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Reid, 2003 Stanley Cup winner Mike Rupp, longtime NHL executive and GM of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers Neil Smith, 14-year head coach, 2004 Stanley Cup champion and Team USA 2016 World Cup head coach John Tortorella, and 16-year veteran Martin Biron, 15-year veteran Brian Boucher, and 12-year veteran Mike Johnson. The accomplishments among the group of former players, GMs and coaches include a combined 11 Stanley Cup championships, 74 Playoff appearances and over 6,800 career NHL games played.
Beginning on Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. ET, NHL Live will be anchored by returning hosts Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek. NHL Tonight, NHL Network’s flagship program, will be hosted by former NESN anchor Jamison Coyle and former NHL.com and CBS Sports Radio voice Tony Luftman, with interviews and comprehensive highlights, look-ins and analysis of every game. On The Fly, revamped for the 2015-16 season as NHL Network’s nightly game recap show, will be hosted by former Fox Sports North host and reporter Jamie Hersch. Veteran NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen will appear across NHL Network programming after the new year.
Additional on-air talent bio information is available below, and further details on NHL Network’s programming schedule is available on www.nhlnetwork.com.
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NHL NETWORK ON-AIR PERSONALITIES
Martin Biron, analyst: Biron recorded more than 200 wins and posted a .910 goals against average in his 16 seasons as an NHL goaltender. In addition to goaltending for all three New York based teams in his career, Biron led the Philadelphia Flyers to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009. Biron has previously served as an analyst for NHL Network and TSN.
Brian Boucher, analyst: A 15-year NHL goaltending veteran, Boucher set the modern day record for the longest shutout streak of 332 minutes and 1 second, spanning five games as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002. In addition to prior work as an analyst on NHL Network, Boucher most recently served as a hockey analyst for NBC Sports and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Jamison Coyle, host: Having most recently been a studio host and reporter at New England Sports Network for NESN Daily as well as Hockey East, Coyle will serve as a host of NHL Tonight, as well as in-game updates and various other NHL Network programming.
Jamie Hersch, host: Hersch most recently served as a host and sideline reporter for Fox Sports North’s coverage of the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Twins, spending three seasons hosting the pregame and postgame shows for Wild broadcasts, including extensive coverage of the Wild’s playoff runs from 2013-2015. Hersch also covered hockey for the Big Ten Network. Hersch will regularly host NHL Network’s nightly highlights show On The Fly.
E.J. Hradek, analyst: Hradek joined NHL Network/NHL.com in May 2011, working across the League’s multiple media platforms. He serves as the co-host for NHL Live and also pens the “Tuesday 10” column for NHL.com, which covers the top 10 stories from the week in hockey. Prior to arriving at NHL Network, Hradek spent 13 years as a Senior Writer for ESPN The Magazine and was part of the original staff that helped launch the magazine in March 1998. From 1996-98, Hradek served as a part-time pro scout for the Dallas Stars.
Mike Johnson, analyst: Johnson is a 12-year NHL veteran, who was selected to NHL All-Rookie team for the 1997 – 1998 season, when he scored 15 goals and added 32 assists as a forward. The following season, Johnson scored 20 goals for the Maple Leafs, a mark he would reach again for the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 – 2003 season. Johnson has previously served as an analyst on NHL Network and will continue to work as a hockey analyst at Sportsnet.
Tony Luftman, host: Luftman was most recently a digital host for NHL.com and served as an on-air talent on CBS Sports Radio. At NHL Network, Luftman will serve as a host of NHL Tonight, as well as in-game updates and various other NHL Network programming.
John MacLean, analyst: MacLean is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils, winning his first as a player in 1995 and his second as an assistant coach in 2003. He spent the first 15 of his 20 NHL seasons (1983 – 2002) with the Devils and was selected to two NHL All-Star Games in 1989 and 1991 as a forward. In addition to prior work as an analyst on NHL Network, MacLean most recently served as a hockey analyst for MSG Networks, including the pre- and postgame coverage for the Devils, a role he will continue again this season.
Steve Mears, host: Mears joined NHL Network in February 2013, and serves as the co-host of NHL Live. Mears previously covered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final for NHL Network, as well as 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship games played by the United States. Prior to NHL Network, Mears worked for four seasons on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ radio and TV game broadcasts, as well as three seasons as the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders.
Dave Reid, analyst: Two-time Stanley Cup winner Reid tallied 369 points in 961 career NHL games and was a key contributor to the 1999 Stanley Cup champion Stars and the 2001 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche. Following his playing career, Reid served as an analyst for NHL Network and has contributed to TSN’s hockey coverage.
Mike Rupp, analyst: Rupp is a 14-year NHL veteran, who scored the clinching goal for the New Jersey Devils in Game Seven of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final against the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to the Stanley Cup run with the Devils, Rupp skated in the playoffs as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. Rupp has previously served as an analyst on NHL Network.
Neil Smith, analyst: A longtime NHL executive, Smith was the general manager of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. The Rangers’ championship was their first in 54 years, led by captain Mark Messier, whom Smith acquired in 1991 from the Edmonton Oilers. In addition to prior work as an analyst on NHL Network, Smith most recently served as a hockey analyst for Sportsnet.
Scott Stevens, analyst: Across the span of his 22-year career, Stevens served as captain of three Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils teams in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Stevens, who skated in over 1,600 regular season games, never recorded a negative plus/minus rating in any of his 22 seasons as a defenseman. Stevens was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy in 2000 and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 in his first year of eligibility.
Kathryn Tappen, host: Tappen joined NHL Network in 2011 and currently provides coverage of the NHL’s signature events, including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, as well as other NHL Network programs. Tappen also serves as a host and reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage of the NHL, NFL and Notre Dame Football. Prior to her time at NHL Network, Tappen was the weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter at WJAR-NBC in Providence, RI, and was a studio host and anchor at New England Sports Network for Boston Bruins games and for SportsDesk.
John Tortorella, analyst: A 14-year NHL head coach, Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship. Tortorella was the head coach of the Lightning, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks in his career (1999 – 2014), which was highlighted by eight different trips to the playoffs. Tortorella, ranks first on the NHL’s all-times wins list among American-born coaches, with more than 400 victories in 936 career regular season games. Tortorella will serve as the head coach of Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Kevin Weekes, analyst: An NHL Network analyst since 2009, Weekes is an 11-year NHL goaltending veteran, who played in 348 regular season games as a member of the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Weekes, who was drafted by the Panthers in 1993, led the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings.
A Special Alumni Game Featuring Legends from the Bruins and Canadiens to be Played at Gillette Stadium Dec. 31
NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone gathered today at Gillette Stadium to detail plans for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In January, the NHL announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Bruins and Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day, 2016. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.
When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014.
“After more than nine decades and more than 900 regular-season or playoff games between these great rivals, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will add to the legend of their competition in a unique way,” National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We couldn’t be happier that our third Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between ‘Original Six’ teams will take place at Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.”
Information on an exclusive ticket pre-sale for Bruins season-ticket holders, Canadiens season-ticket holders and Patriots season-ticket holders will be sent to those groups by each club in the coming days. This opportunity is for a limited number of tickets to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Information regarding ticket availability for the general public will be released at a later date.
Additionally it was announced today that legendary players from both the Bruins and Canadiens will participate in a special alumni game at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 31, a day prior to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Fan-favorites will return to the ice to represent these historic organizations one more time and revive the history this great NHL rivalry.
The special pre-sale package offering is a ticket to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and a ticket to the Dec. 31 alumni game.
“The Boston Bruins are honored to once again host the Winter Classic,” Delaware North Chairman and Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs said. “Gillette Stadium is a magnificent setting for this storied rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens, and the NHL could not have delivered a better matchup for our fans. We look forward to a great game.”
“The Boston Bruins are one of our oldest rivals and the history between our two clubs is unparalleled,” said Canadiens Owner, President, and CEO, Geoff Molson. “They were our logical opponent for our Centennial game in December 2009, and to make history together once more by returning to hockey’s roots in an outdoor setting is something everyone throughout our organization is greatly anticipating. That the setting for the game will be Gillette Stadium, home to an iconic franchise like the New England Patriots, only adds to what we’re certain will be an incredible and memorable atmosphere for players and fans alike.”
The Bruins and Canadiens have faced off 729 times during the regular season, tied for the most head-to-head meetings by any two teams in NHL history (Chicago-Detroit). Their 177 head-to-head playoff games and 34 postseason series also are the most in League history, while their nine head-to-head Game 7s lead all teams in North American major professional sports (includes MLB, NBA and NHL).
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will showcase a number of the top players in the NHL.
Four Bruins players remain from the team that faced off against the Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010: captain Zdeno Chara forward David Krejci, goaltender Tuukka Rask and forward Patrice Bergeron, who at the 2015 NHL Awards won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League’s top defensive forward for the third time in four years. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price One of the NHL’s Most-Historic Rivalries Takes Centerstage at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium was an historic four-time winner at the 2015 NHL Awards, capturing the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and a share of the William M. Jennings Trophy. Price, who became the first goaltender ever to sweep these four awards in the same season, will be joined by teammates P.K. Subban, and Max Pacioretty as well as Lynnfield, Mass.,-native Brian Flynn.
“Showcasing this great rivalry between two Original Six clubs with the Bridgestone Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day, will make for a very memorable game for the players as well as the many sports fans in attendance at Gillette Stadium and those watching on TV,” said Steve Webb, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative.
Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is New England’s premier sports, entertainment and event venue. Since it opened in 2002, the 68,756-seat stadium has regularly hosted marquee sporting events, including three of the last four AFC Championship games, as well as the largest concert tours in the U.S.
“It is a true honor and privilege to host the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. “Since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, we have been fortunate to host many special and memorable events. We are thrilled that the NHL and the Bruins wanted to bring a Bruins-Canadiens NHL Winter Classic to our stadium.”
The Bridgestone brand, the Official Tire of the NHL and NHLPA, returns as title sponsor for the seventh consecutive event. In less than a decade, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has become a major event on the North American sporting calendar, with a tradition of excellence, passion, excitement and fun for those in attendance and watching from home. Five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 are Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® games. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® remains the largest audience ever for an NHL regular-season game in Canadian broadcast history.
“The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium marks the seventh year the Bridgestone brand will serve as title sponsor of this great event, and with each passing year it continues to excite and impress all of us at Bridgestone,” said Phil Pacsi, Vice President of Sports/Events Marketing and Training at Bridgestone Americas. “This game is something every hockey fan looks forward to, and Bridgestone is proud to be involved with this year’s Original Six match up.”
The NHL today also released the official event logo and special team logos for the 2016 Bridgestone Winter Classic®.
NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #WinterClassic.
Additionally, the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be available live via NBC Sports Live Extra and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.