The NHL Network will offer a free preview to more than 34 million subscribers of multiple distributors in the United States, such as DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Verizon, Cox Communications, Grande Communications and TVMAX, beginning Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 7.
NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games, robust game highlights packages and expert analysis. As a portion of this six-day free-preview period, viewers will be able to watch 52 hours of hockey programming in High Definition including five live games, special Trade Deadline day coverage and 10 premieres of exclusive original NHL Network programming. The trade deadline is Wednesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
On deadline day, the NHL Network will provide extensive coverage that will keep viewers up-to-date on the latest trades and their favorite clubs through a special three-hour of edition of NHL Live with Don LaGreca and Bill Clement
, and a special three-hour NHL On the Fly Trade Deadline Special.
Games broadcast during the free preview include four live NHL games (blackout restrictions apply) and one live American Hockey League game. Viewers will get to watch the Montreal Canadiens
face the Buffalo Sabres
on Wednesday night, followed by the Canadiens-Atlanta Thrashers game on Thursday.
On Saturday, AHL action hits the NHL Network as the Rochester Americans play the Lake Erie Monsters, followed by a simulcast of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader. The Edmonton Oilers
visit the Toronto Maple Leafs
before the San Jose Sharks
face the host Vancouver Canucks
Also premiering during the free preview are brand new episodes of original NHL Network series including The Hodge Stove League talk show where the guest will be Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson; a Day In The Life episode featuring Phoenix Coyotes
defenseman Derek Morris
; a Voices profile of St. Louis’ announcer Chris Kerber; a Pioneers spotlight on Hockey Hall of Famer Red Kelly
; and an all-access special filmed in Montreal at the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend.
Additional programming includes spotlights on NHL legends Ted Lindsay
, Al MacInnis
and Maurice Richard
, and eight programs devoted to 2010 Winter Olympic Games hopefuls Zdeno Chara
, Chris Drury
, Patrik Elias
, Mike Green
, Chris Pronger
, Mike Richards
and Shea Weber
About NHL Network
As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games featuring stars such as Sidney Crosby
and Alexander Ovechkin. The network's daily signature show - NHL On The Fly - offers fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, extended highlights, stellar saves, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports, team press conferences, expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special event coverage from the NHL All-Star Game, NHL Stanley Cup Final, NHL Winter Classic and NHL Entry Draft. Additional NHL Network programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs.