NEW YORK (December 13, 2006) – The National Hockey League has produced more than 30 player features and TV promos designed to give hockey fans a glimpse into the lives and personalities of their favorite NHL players, including Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco. The features and promos, produced by NHL Productions, currently are airing during game telecasts on VERSUS, TSN, CBC, the NHL Network and local affiliates and in-arena.
In three-minute television features, NHL players are shown at home with their families, enjoying their favorite hobbies and participating in community and charitable programs.
“NHL players are exceptional athletes,” said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. “But they are also surfers, cooks and dads and that is the purpose of these features – to show how our players live their lives off the ice.”
Among the features currently airing, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash shows off his sports memorabilia collection and his ping-pong skills; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake describes the workout surfing offers and dismisses the stereotypes about L.A.; Edmonton Oilers right wing Fernando Pisani and his father share his family’s journey from Italy to Edmonton; Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun displays his cooking skills and his eclectic appreciation for all kinds of food; Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere, a self-proclaimed “hockey dad,” explains how he teaches his three young sons the life lessons learned from playing hockey; and Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore shares his love for baseball.
In other player features, Hurricanes center Eric Staal brings the Stanley Cup to his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles finds serenity off-roading in his Jeep through the Colorado mountains; Kings center Craig Conroy reveals how the combination of family and the sunny California weather help heal his injuries; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adrian Aucoin admits how his hockey game improves with the birth of each child; Brind’Amour finds satisfaction in having the “best job in the world” – being a father; Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller uses outdoor photography as a stress reliever; Turco shares his love of reading with Dallas school children; Avalanche right wing Ian Laperriere volunteers as a sanitation worker in Denver; Predators right wing Steve Sullivan finds comfort with his family and with fans in Nashville; Montreal left wing Chris Higgins confesses his lifelong dream to play for the Canadiens; St. Louis Blues center Doug Weight explains how the mental challenge of crossword puzzles and books help his game on the ice; Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward takes the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy to his hometown bowling alley and youth hockey rink; and Columbus defenseman Adam Foote unwinds by playing outdoor sports with his young sons.