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NBC Sports to air nine hours of NHL coverage this Sunday with "Hockey Day in America" on NBC & "Heritage Classic" on Versus

Tuesday, 02.15.2011 / 4:48 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The NBC Sports Group will broadcast nine hours of hockey coverage this Sunday with the inaugural "Hockey Day in America" presented by McDonald's from Noon-6 pm ET on NBC followed by the "2011 NHL Heritage Classic" at 6 pm ET on VERSUS.
Throughout the six hours of "Hockey Day" coverage, NBC Sports will celebrate the sport by telling stories that demonstrate this country's affinity for hockey. One of the many tales that will be told is that of Neal Henderson, who founded the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey program in inner-city Washington, D.C. in 1978 and has helped make a difference in the lives of countless children and young adults ever since. Additional stories will include the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships that are played by amateurs amidst arctic temperatures and ‘celebrity' hockey in Los Angeles, played by actors and producers with a passion for the game. The stories of American hockey extend beyond NBC Sports. Prior to Sunday, the TODAY Show will feature a story on ‘hockey moms' and NBC Nightly News will share a story on the lone American team competing in a Canadian women's professional hockey league, a version of which will also run during "Hockey Day."

NBC to spotlight a wide array during 'Hockey Day'

Tuesday, 02.15.2011 / 4:12 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

David Kalan - Staff Writer

As excitement builds for the inaugural Hockey Day in America presented by McDonald's on Sunday, NBC has a majestic scene planned to start the production.

"I think that the notion of seeing outdoor pond hockey championships going on in Minnesota as well as inner-city hockey in Washington cuts quite a cross section."
-- Mike 'Doc' Emrick

"The show opens with Eddie Olczyk skating with the Stanley Cup in the middle of Chicago's Millennium Park," NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood told the media Tuesday. "Not a bad spectacle to begin the day."

The image of hockey's Holy Grail being lifted in front of the skyline of the city it currently calls home will kick off six hours of regional and national coverage for U.S. audiences on NBC that will bring viewers to five different games, all of which will have major playoff implications as the season enters its final eight weeks.

NBC will open its coverage with a live pre-game show from Chicago's Millennium Park at noon ET, which will be followed by three regional games, starting with Washington's visit to Buffalo at 12:35 p.m. ET. At 12:40 p.m. ET the puck will drop at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia, and Detroit and Minnesota will get underway five minutes later at 12:45 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center. The deliberately staggered start times gives NBC the ability to bring viewers to all three sites during intermissions, as well as bring each game's conclusion to fans across the country.

Wings, B's in meet in Original Six showdown

Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 4:02 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

"You're not going to be successful in any walk of life working that hard. It's beyond ridiculous. Obviously we got tons of work to do." -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock

The Detroit Red Wings have been fighting it lately. So have the Boston Bruins, but in an entirely different way.

The Red Wings are just 5-7 in their last 12 games and have been unable to find any consistency. Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup for Monday's 4-3 win against the New York Rangers, but his presence didn't make a difference when the Wings were handled Wednesday by the Nashville Predators 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena.

The Bruins have been beating teams on the scoreboard and with their fists the past two weeks. They've won four of five, including an 8-6 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday that featured 172 penalty minutes and a fight between goaltenders Tim Thomas and Carey Price. Six days earlier, the Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 in a game that had three fights in the first four seconds.

Caps and Penguins ready for Round 3

Saturday, 02.05.2011 / 12:09 AM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

This time, the only cameras that will be capturing the images from latest installment of the NHL's best present-day rivalry are those from NBC. They'll stay busy with plenty of storylines on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet for the third time this season -- this time indoors at Verizon Center in downtown D.C.

Here are five that we think you should keep in mind from wherever you might be watching the game, even in Nova Scotia.

1. Missing 87

Please don't believe anyone who tries to convince you that Sidney Crosby's enormous value has diminished in the slightest because the Penguins are winning without him. It's complete and utter nonsense.

Letang's strong play has earned Norris consideration

Thursday, 02.03.2011 / 3:00 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Kris Letang blames the media for the buzz surrounding his Norris Trophy candidacy.

"I try to not think about it, but you guys are always reminding me about where I stand," a smiling Letang told earlier this week. "It's your fault."

We're not going to apologize.

It's not our fault the Penguins' top defenseman has 41 points and a plus-21 rating. It's not our fault he has 18 points on the power play. It's not our fault that he's playing nearly 24 minutes a game, including more than two minutes on the League's best penalty-killing unit.

Bruins-Red Wings clash Feb. 13 on NBC

Thursday, 01.27.2011 / 6:00 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Division leaders and teams steeped in tradition will square off Feb. 13 as the Boston Bruins face the Detroit Red Wings in the NBC "Game of the Week," the NHL and NBC Sports announced Thursday.

The two "Original Six" franchises will meet at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for a matinee showdown on national television. The Bruins and Red Wings have combined to win the Stanley Cup 16 times, and both have captured it more than any other U.S.-based club.

The Red Wings enter the All-Star break atop the Central Division and second in the Western Conference with 66 points. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom will be selecting one of the teams for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Friday as part of the All-Star Fantasy Player Draft powered by Cisco.

NBC announces Penguins-Capitals as Feb. 6 game

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 6:00 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

For the second year in a row, "Super Sunday" will mean a national showcase for the latest installment of one of the NHL's best rivalries.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will renew their hostilities at Verizon Center on Sun. Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m., and it will be the NBC Sports "Game of the Week," the NHL and NBC Sports announced Thursday.

"They don't like us, so why should we like them?" Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told before the two teams played in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Toews and Richards rivals on ice, friends off it

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 12:51 PM / NHL on NBC Spotlight

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

"He's an all-round guy. You look at his competitiveness. You can't really single out one thing he's better at than others. He's a great player on both sides of the puck -- scores big goals, fights, leads his team by the way he plays and the way he works. Lot of qualities I think I have as a player. You think you can test yourself and find what you really have when you play against a player like that."
-- Jonathan Toews on Mike Richards

Spending time together during the summer is nothing new for Flyers captain Mike Richards and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
However, this summer was a bit different after all the time the pair spent on the ice together during the Stanley Cup Final. After six grueling games, the series ended with Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup on Richards' home ice in Philadelphia.
The teams will meet Saturday, Jan. 23 in Chicago (12:30 p.m., NBC, NHLN-CA, RIS) for the first time since then. But it certainly won't be the first time Richards and Toews have seen each other. Their relationship goes all the way back to their youth hockey days, when they played on opposing teams in Winnipeg-area youth leagues.
Playing in the Winnipeg area as a youngster was common for Richards, who grew up three hours west of the city in Kenora, Ont. As each grew into a young hockey star -- Richards with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, Toews at the University of North Dakota -- they would see each other during summer hockey in Winnipeg.
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