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Celebrity fans return to NHL.com for Stanley Cup Playoffs

Directors Kevin Smith, Jason Reitman & actor David Boreanaz resume popular NHL.com blogs

Tuesday, 04.14.2009 / 5:37 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals
NEW YORK – NHL.com, the official website of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, once again will feature exclusive blogs written by celebrities from television, movies and music during the Stanley Cup™ Playoffs. For the third straight year, celebrity fans will share their love of hockey, impressions of their favorite team's performance and their predictions, all while giving fans a glimpse inside their worlds.

Actors David Boreanaz ("Bones"), Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters") and Eddie Cahill ("CSI: NY") are veteran bloggers for NHL.com, who have been chronicling their favorite teams since the program's inception in 2007.  Back for a second stint are writer/directors Kevin Smith ("Clerks") and director Jason Reitman ("Juno"); actors Jay Baruchel ("Tropic Thunder," "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"), William Fichtner ("Prison Break," "Dark Knight") and Thorsten Kaye ("All My Children"); and Les Savy bassist Syd Butler.  Making their NHL.com debuts are actors Colin Ferguson ("Eureka"), Jason Gray-Stanford ("Monk," "Flags of Our Fathers") and Teddy Sears ("Raising the Bar"); actress and former lonelygirl15 internet star, Jessica Rose ("Greek"); and comedian Bill Burr ("Chappelle's Show").

Hockey fans will have the opportunity to post comments and interact with each celebrity blogger on NHL.com and Twitter.com/NHLCelebBlogs. In addition, NHL.com will feature interviews from myriad celebrity hockey fans, including Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg.

Smith and Reitman will blog from the sets of their new movies.  Smith, a longtime Devils fan, is in New York in preproduction for his latest project, "A Couple of Dicks," a buddy-cop comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.  Reitman, a Canucks fan, is currently on location in St. Louis directing "Up in the Air," a feature film which he wrote and stars George Clooney.  Smith and Reitman plan to attend the games and give fans first-hand accounts of each of their favorite teams' Playoffs runs.

"This year, I rented a box at the Rock for all the home games of the playoffs," said Smith in his first blog entry. " I did some soul-searching, as well as some math; and when I did the math, I realized that if my devotion to this club and the Jersey jersey were to be measured in dollars and cents, I'd look like a tourist; a "benny," at best."

"I'll be at Games 3 and 4 in St. Louis wearing either an orca, a skate in spaghetti, a stick in the rink, or a flying "V." Canucks in six," said Reitman is his first posting.

National network television coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided in the United States by NBC and VERSUS and in Canada by CBC, TSN, TSN2, RDS and RIS. Outside of North America, ESPN America delivers live coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs right through the Stanley Cup Final. Every game of the Stanley Cup playoffs can be heard on Sirius XM Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NHL. NHL Radio will distribute live coverage of the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final to radio stations across North America.
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