NHL NETWORK TO AIR LIVE JOE SAKIC PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 3 PM
Special Two-Hour Programming To Include Joe Sakic Press Conference
And NHL Stars Paying Tribute Sakic’s Celebrated Career
“NHL Network Presents: A Sakic Salute” To Air Throughout The Weekend
NEW YORK/TORONTO (July 9, 2009) – NHL Network will be live at 3 p.m. ET today to provide coverage of the announcement of the retirement of Joe Sakic, the long-time captain of the Colorado Avalanche. The two-hour live program will feature an in-depth look at Sakic’s 20-year NHL career and will be hosted by Dan Pollard and analyst Dave Reid, who played with Sakic on the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. Additional guests scheduled to call in to the show include Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman and Peter Forsberg.
Sakic’s distinguished NHL career began when was selected by the Quebec Nordiques as the 15th pick in the 1987 Entry Draft. He made his League debut on Oct. 6, 1988 and remained with the franchise through its relocation to Colorado in 1995. Sakic went on to become the face of the franchise, leading the Avalanche to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001. The 13-time All-Star, who turned 40 on Tuesday, also won an Olympic gold medal in 2002 with Team Canada, the Hart Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award in 2001 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1996.
NHL Network US will re-air the Joe Sakic tribute program at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET tonight, and at 10:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10. NHL Network Canada will re-air Sakic’s press conference at 10:00 p.m. ET tonight, and at 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m., ET on Friday, July 10.
To continue the celebration, NHL Network will air 12 hours of Sakic-themed programming Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m. ET. The full schedule of NHL Network Presents: A Sakic Salute is as follows, all times Eastern and subject to change:
Saturday, July 11
Noon Vintage Games: Nordiques at Bruins from March 21, 1991
2:00 p.m. Frozen in Time: 1995-96 Avalanche
2:30 p.m. 1996 Avalanche Stanley Cup Video
3:30 p.m. Captains Driven By Bridgestone: Joe Sakic
4:00 p.m. Joe Sakic Retirement Press Conference
Sunday, July 12
Noon Classic Series: 2001 Avalanche vs. Kings
1:00 p.m. Classic Series: 2001 Avalanche vs. Blues
2:00 p.m. Classic Series: 2001 Avalanche vs. Devils
3:00 p.m. Defining Moments: 2001 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6
5:00 p.m. 2001 Avalanche Stanley Cup Video