Hockey fans won't have to move far from their television to catch all the happenings during All-Star Weekend in Ottawa.
A four-day hockey extravaganza starts Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with NHL Live: At the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend. The hour show will feature a number of this year's All-Stars as well as other key personalities from around the hockey world.
At 6 p.m., just before he chooses his All-Star teammates, Daniel Alfredsson will visit the NHL Network set to appear on the NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
That leads into the NHL Network's hour-long 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft preview show at 7 p.m., where the Network's cast of analysts will make their selections before Team Chara and Team Alfredsson make the official ones.
At 8 p.m., the players will be front and center for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Daniel Alfredsson and his assistant, Henrik Lundqvist, will put their selection skills to the test against Zdeno Chara and his assistant, Joffrey Lupul. Who will be the first player picked? Who will be the last? Will teammates be separated? Will brothers? Watch the drama unfold on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN in Canada.
The NHL Network will have blanket coverage of NHL All-Star Media Day on Friday, as all the stars and coaches talk about what it means to be among the best in the game. Fans can tune in for live coverage from 3-6 p.m. ET. NHL Tonight will have recaps of all the day's events at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturday will see the stars showcase their skills at the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition (7 p.m. ET, NBCSP, CBC). Can Zdeno Chara win another title in the BlackBerry NHL Hardest Shot competition, or will Nashville Shea Weber tear through another net, like he did at the Olympics? Who will show off their pinpoint accuracy in the Canadian Tire NHL Accuracy Shooting contest? And who will bring down the house with the most creative move in the Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge?
The NHL Network's pre-game show will start at 4 p.m., and NHL Tonight will wrap up the event with hIghlights and analysis after the event.
On Sunday, the stars will light up Ottawa when they take the ice for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game (4 p.m., NBCSP, CBC). The NHL Network's pregame show starts at 1 p.m. Immediately following the game, NHL Tonight will have a recap of the game and analyze all the happenings from the NHL's mid-season extravaganza.NHL Network broadcast coverage in Ottawa is as follows (all times Eastern): Thursday, January 26
5-7 p.m. Cisco NHL Live at NHL All-Star Weekend featuring NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman during the second hour live from Scotiabank Fan Fair™
7-8 p.m. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Pre-Show
9:30-11 p.m. NHL Tonight (2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Edition)
Midnight 2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air) Friday, January 27
3-6 p.m. NHL All-Star Media Day Presented By Allstate Insurance
6-7 p.m. NHL Tonight (NHL All-Star Media Day Recap)
7-8:30 p.m. 2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air)
8:30-10 p.m. 2012 NHL Player All-Star Fantasy Draft (re-air) Saturday, January 28
4-7 p.m. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition Pre-Show
9-10 p.m. NHL Tonight (2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition Recap)
11p.m. – 1a.m. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition (re-air in U.S. only) Sunday, January 29
10a.m.-12p.m. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition (re-air in U.S. only)
1-4 p.m. 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game Pre-Game Show
7-8 p.m. NHL Tonight (2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game Edition)
11p.m.-1a.m. 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game (re-air in U.S. only) Contact Adam Kimelman at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
Author: Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor