NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2011 Entry Draft from Minnesota, where NHL clubs have gathered Friday night and Saturday afternoon to select their future star players. NHL Network will air two days of full coverage, while NHL.com will deploy a team of writers, reporters and videographers to cover each and every Draft selection and all the NHL news of the day.
NHL Network's daily signature show NHL Live will broadcast on Friday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. with Bill Pidto and Dave Maloney, who will keep viewers updated on NHL news and notes in advance of Friday's Draft and will also carry segments live from Minnesota.
NHL Network's Draft coverage will kick into high gear at 6 p.m. ET with NHL Network Draft Preview Show Presented by Cisco, broadcast live from Xcel Energy Center, the site of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with anchors Brian Duff, Craig Button and E.J. Hradek. The show will focus on interviews with the projected top five Draft picks and will also feature player profiles and team draft histories as well as highlight their mock draft and predictions. Regular NHL Live co-host Deb Placey will also be on hand and will be providing the latest news and transaction info as she works the room as the on-site roaming reporter.
Carried live on VERSUS in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, the first round of the 2011 Entry Draft will be telecast beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.
NHL Radio, with host Don La Greca, will provide first-round coverage of the Entry Draft, which can be heard on radio stations across North America, including XM channel 92 and Sirius Premier (formerly known as "The Best of XM") channel 207.
Immediately following the conclusion of round one, the NHL Network team will be on the air with NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by Cisco for all post-Draft reaction and a preview of the Draft's second day, complete with profiles of players still on the board.
On Day Two, the NHL Network team will have exclusive coverage from its set on stage at Xcel Energy Center beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The panel and reporters will take viewers through Rounds 2 through 7 with interviews and analysis, video features, historical notes, hidden gems and special tributes.
On the web, NHL.com will have wall-to-wall coverage of prospects' arrivals, live streaming of the NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by Cisco show Friday night and special behind-the-scenes video features starring the NHL Top Prospects. For comprehensive Entry Draft coverage, visit www.nhl.com
All NHL Network programming will be carried in high definition where available. NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting digital cable, satellite, or telco providers. For more information or an updated program schedule, please log on to www.nhlnetwork.com.