NEW YORK -- Hockey fans in the United States will get a glimpse at many of the players who will be selected early on in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft when NHL Network U.S.™ broadcasts the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on tape delay on Thursday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Rogers Sportsnet and RDS will air the game live in Canada from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday.
The 20-man rosters for the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were chosen by NHL General Managers and the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau and include 18 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 13 from the Western Hockey League, and nine from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The game comes just nine days after NHL Central Scouting's release of its mid-season rankings.
Fans of NHL legend Mark Messier will be able to celebrate his 50th birthday with a special set of programming Tuesday on NHL Network commemorating some of his career highlights.
Two of Messier's six Stanley Cup championships will be highlighted in "Classic Series: 1987 Oilers vs. Flyers" and "Classic Series: 1994 Rangers vs. Canucks." Messier helped Edmonton to a sweep of Philadelphia and New York to end a 54-year Cup drought in a seven-game epic against Vancouver. Those programs air at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will be among the guests on NHL Live! on Tuesday, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Since his arrival in 2007, the Blue Jackets have enjoyed the best two seasons in franchise history. Following an 80-point season in 2007-08, the club went 41-31-10 for a club record 92 points and earned the first Stanley Cup Playoffs berth in franchise history in 2008-09. Columbus (21-20-4) is currently just six points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Sedins, Daniel and Henrik, will be among Wednesday's guests on NHL Live!, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Henrik Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer and the Hart Trophy as MVP last season. He and twin brother Daniel have powered the Canucks to the top of the overall standings this season. Daniel is third in the League with 25 goals, Henrik is tops with 46 assists and they are tied for third in points with 55.
NEW YORK – Two-time Emmy award-winning producer Mark Preisler has been named to the position of Executive Producer of the NHL Network U.S. and Creative Consultant with NHL Network Canada, the National Hockey League announced today. In his new position, Preisler will be involved in all aspects of the Network's programming and production, including the nightly NHL On The Fly show and its on-air talent and production staff. He will also oversee the creation of content and distribution to NHL platforms and direct all special programming at signature League events such as the Winter and Heritage Classic games, All-Star Weekend and the Stanley Cup Final.