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'NHL Overtime' set to debut on VERSUS

Monday, 11.15.2010 / 11:00 AM / News

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Hockey fans are about to be provided with a one-stop destination for news and information about the NHL and beyond. 

VERSUS, the cable television home of the National Hockey League, will debut the network's new live hockey show titled "NHL Overtime" on Monday at 11 p.m. ET. It will be an hour-long program and will air Monday through Thursday nights.

"This season we have more NHL coverage than ever before and adding a nightly show provides an additional platform for the network to super-serve hockey fans the way only VERSUS can," said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS. "This is also a natural evolution in our relationship with the NHL, which has continued to reach new milestones each season."
 
"NHL Overtime" will feature game highlights, recaps, expert analysis and all the hottest news and topics from the NHL, college, minor leagues and international hockey. The show will include in-studio guests as well as live post-game player interviews from around the NHL. Additionally, special longer-form features on coaches, players and influential names in hockey will also be a regular part of the show.
 
Each week, several new announcers and analysts will be showcased on the program, allowing for fresh perspectives and unbiased opinions.  Monday's inaugural telecast will feature Billy Jaffe and former NHL All-Star Bill Guerin. The show will be hosted by Bill Patrick.

Hockey fans can expect to see many names come through the studio in the coming weeks, such as Aaron Ward, Ken Daneyko, Mike Millbury, Dave Maloney and Darren McCarty, among others.
 
VERSUS opened its sixth year of NHL coverage with the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers contest on Oct. 7, which was the most-watched regular season telecast on cable since 2004 and the network's most-watched regular season in network history.  Additionally, viewership for VERSUS' seven exclusive regular-season games in October are up 12 percent as compared to the same number of games last season, leading to the best opening month of the NHL season in network history.



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