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.
Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk will be among the guests on NHL Live! on Monday, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.
Nieuwendyk, who racked up 1,126 points during his playing career, is the architect of one of the biggest surprises in the NHL. Halfway through the 2010-11 season, the Stars are atop the Pacific Division at 25-13-5.
Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis will be tomorrow’s guest on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET.
The Vancouver Canucks are currently leading the League with 55 points. This marks the first time the Canucks have led the League since Jan. 13, 2004, when they shared the lead with 59 points.
The Canucks enter Wednesday night's game against their Northwest Division rivals, the Calgary Flames, on a six-game winning streak, tied for the fourth longest winning streak in the League this season.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will be among Wednesday's guests on NH Live!, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. ET on NHL Network and NHL.com, and broadcast on XM Radio.
Pietrangelo, the fourth player taken in the 2008 Entry Draft, is among the NHL's most impressive fisrt-year players with 5 goals and 18 points in 35 games.
Also slated to appear with hosts Deb Placey and Dave Maloney are Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner, who scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win at New Jersey, former NHL center Bobby Holik and Vancouver Canucks play-by-play man John Shorthouse. In addition, the broadcast will feature the announcement of December's rookie of the month.
Atlanta Thrashers forward Evander Kane 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.
Kane, 19, ranks fourth on the Thrashers in scoring with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists), The Vancouver native was Atlanta's first-round pick (No. 4) at the 2009 Entry Draft.
Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, will also be on the show to announce the first six players voted to compete at the 2011 All-Star Game, which will be played on Jan. 30 at Carolina.
Fans clambering to see Mario Lemieux display his otherworldly talents one more time will get the chance at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday when the NHL Network-U.S. airs "2011 Legends Classic From Heinz Field."
The alumni game played before the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic on the same Heinz Field ice featured some of the greats of the game for each team, including a roster of Penguins Hall of Famers that included Lemieux, Bryan Trottier, Ron Francis and Larry Murphy. Also playing for the Pens were Rick Tocchet, Rob Brown and Craig Simpson.
"It was fun to be a part of it, play here outdoors," Lemieux said after the game. "The weather was beautiful. I saw some old faces again, guys I haven't seen for a long time, some guys from the Cup years and older guys. It was pretty special for all of us. These are memories that we can cherish for a long time."