NEW YORK – NHL Network™ is providing hockey fans an unprecedented amount of exclusive programming surrounding the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between longtime rivals the Philadelphia Flyers® and Boston Bruins® at Fenway Park, on New Year's Day. NHL Network's planned coverage of this one-of-a-kind event includes a variety of pre- and post-event programming, complete live coverage of the team practices, and special outdoor and pond hockey-themed shows. For a complete program schedule, visit www.nhlnetwork.com.
On game day, NHL Network's pre- and post-event coverage includes the NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Pregame Show presented by Vizio at 11:00 a.m. ET and the NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Postgame Show presented by Vizio immediately following the game. Both programs will be presented in HD. The live, 90-minute pregame show will preview the game and break down key match-ups. The postgame show will feature highlights, interviews and press conferences with all the major players. Also, U.S. Olympic Team General Manager Brian Burke will be on the NHL Network's Fenway Park set minutes after the U.S. Olympic Team roster is announced. NHL Network's hockey experts follow with analysis and a breakdown of what to expect in Vancouver.
NHL Network's on-site presence at Fenway Park begins on Thursday, December 31, when it televises NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Practice Coverage presented by Vizio at 11:00 a.m. ET. The network presents four-and-a-half hours of live coverage, all in HD, including both team practices in full, as the Flyers and Bruins hit the ice at Fenway for the first time.
As a special tribute to hockey played outdoors, on Wednesday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network televises Pond Hockey: A Documentary Film. This celebration of outdoor hockey, lovingly crafted by filmmaker Tommy Haines, centers on the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship in Minneapolis. The HD documentary features interviews with hockey luminaries like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.
The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic programming begins Christmas Day when NHL Network televises an outdoor game marathon featuring re-broadcasts of the first two NHL Winter Classics in Buffalo and Chicago as well as outdoor events played in Las Vegas and Edmonton. The marathon will include behind-the-scenes documentaries on the 2008 and 2009 NHL Winter Classic events.
The special programming on NHL Network continues well after New Year's Day with special hockey events such as Sun Life Frozen Fenway – the outdoor games between the Northeastern and New Hampshire women's teams and the Boston College and Boston University men's teams Jan. 8 at Fenway Park for U.S. viewers. Both games will be presented in HD. Also, special encore presentations of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic are scheduled for Saturday, January 9 starting at noon ET, with the NBC telecast followed by the CBC telecast at 2:30 p.m. ET.