Showcase on NBCSN Via Partnership with Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and Chicago Blackhawks to Feature Some of World’s Best Players
Coverage to Feature Kate Scott (play-by-play), Olympic Gold Medalist A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (host)
On Her Turf – NBC Sports’ Female Empowerment Brand – To Present Coverage on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 17, 2021 – NBC Sports will present live coverage of the 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour – featuring some of the best women’s hockey players in the world – on Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN from United Center in Chicago, Ill.
The 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour showcase on NBCSN takes place on the anniversary weekend of NBC Sports’ presentation of the first-ever all-women NHL broadcast, which featured the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on March 8, 2020 on NBCSN.
Kate Scott (play-by-play), A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (host) led last year’s broadcast and will anchor coverage of the March 6 game on NBCSN. Kendall Coyne Schofield – a two-time Olympic medalist and PWHPA player and board member who was also a member of last year’s NBCSN broadcast team – will play in the Chicago showcase.
On Her Turf, NBC Sports’ Female Empowerment brand, will be presenting game coverage on NBCSN and will be integrated into the broadcast through graphics packages, as well as through cross-platform tactics including shoulder programming through social and digital and real-time coverage of the game.
The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) has partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks and Bauer Hockey to host a pair of 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour games in Chicago on March 6-7, with Saturday’s matchup at United Center live on NBCSN, followed by a game at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago.
Comprised of approximately 125 of the world’s best hockey players, the PWHPA was formed to advocate for and advance equity, fairness and opportunity in women’s professional hockey. Specifically, the group’s goal is to create a sustainable league that pays a living wage to players, provides appropriate elite-level resources (i.e. ice time, facilities, trainers, etc.) and invests in marketing that showcases the players and game. Supporting the series in Chicago, AT&T will serve as the local presenting sponsor.
Additional showcases for the PWHPA Dream Gap Tour will be added in the United States and Canada, and all games and logistics will adhere to local guidelines.
ABOUT THE PWHPA
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance and support a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women and future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Secret Dream Gap Tour, visit pwhpa.com.