As the hockey world anticipates the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic weekend, NHL Network has all of the information you need. Its coverage from Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park started Thursday and continues Monday with live pre- and post-game coverage.
NHL Network will be on the air from 12-3 p.m. ET pre-game, and then again from 6-7 p.m. ET will a replay from 7-8 p.m. ET.
NHL Network will chronicle turning the famed ballpark into an ice rink, cover daily press conferences and provide weather reports in collaboration with the Weather Channel. NHL Network is the top destination for fans to keep apprised of everything happening in Citizens Park Bank leading up to and following the fifth annual outdoor game.
Deb Placey, EJ Hradek and Bill Pidto will bring the popular daily afternoon show NHL LIVE to Philadelphia. The rest of the NHL Network broadcasting team -- including host Kathryn Tappen, analysts Barry Melrose, Jeremy Roenick and Kevin Weekes -- will report from field level at Citizens Bank Park. Reporter Heidi Androl will check in from Spectator Plaza, a free, three-day fan festival just outside the gates of Citizens Bank Park. NHL Network talent also will provide intermission reports from Citizens Bank Park during the U.S. broadcasts of the 2012 World Junior Championship on the Network.
Joining the NHL Network team as special guest analysts for the Network's Winter Classic coverage is former NHL star Mark Recchi, who will bring unique insight to the event. Recchi played in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Boston as a member of the Bruins. He finished his 22-season NHL career by winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins last season.
Digital customers in participating systems of Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, and Charter Communications will be offered a free preview of NHL Network beginning Dec. 29 and running through Jan. 2. (Not available in all areas.)
The complete schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):
Monday, January 2
12:00-3:00 p.m. 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Pre-Game Show
6:00-7:00 p.m. LIVE 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Post Game Show
7:00-8:00 p.m. REPLAY 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Post Game Show
8:00-9:00 p.m. NHL On The Fly
9:00-11:00 p.m. 2012 World Junior Championship – Quarterfinal, Russia vs. Czech Republic
11:00 p.m. NHL Tonight