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Premiere Thursday on NHL Network

Wednesday, 03.25.2009 / 12:17 PM / News

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It's another blockbuster night on NHL Network Thursday, with four premiere episodes featuring some of the biggest names in hockey.

7 p.m. ET – Day In The Life: Tom Gilbert -- It's always special when a player faces his hometown team. In this week's "Day In The Life," Bloomington, Minnesota native Tom Gilbert and the Oilers take on the Wild. Tom gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at his game preparation which provides his family watching back home a lot to cheer about on the ice. WATCH TRAILER

7:30 p.m. ET – Voices: New Jersey's Mike Emrick --
"Doc" Emrick has been America's preeminent hockey announcer for over 20 years.  Learn how he got his start and sit in on a television production meeting as NHL Network pays tribute to one of the nicest guys in the business.  WATCH TRAILER

8 p.m. ET – Captains Driven by Bridgestone: Scott Niedermayer --
Scott Niedermayer has won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Championship, World Championship, World Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and the Stanley Cup.  He discusses his biggest influences and the thrill of playing with his brother on this week's show.  WATCH TRAILER

8:30 p.m. ET – Pioneers: Andy Bathgate --
With his No. 9 retired this season by the Rangers, Bathgate tells tales of a career that spanned three decades and was capped off with his 1978 election to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  WATCH TRAILER
Quote of the Day

It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

— Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on signing his first professional contract