NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2017) - Academy Award and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend, and Grammy-nominated recording artists Robin Thicke and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will join host Jon Hamm, 2017 NHL® All-Star players and famous hockey fans for THE NHL100™ presented by GEICO, a star-studded event in which the entire collection of the 100 Greatest NHL® Players will be unveiled. Billed as the largest gathering ever of hockey legends, THE NHL100 presented by GEICO will be broadcast live from Microsoft Theater on Friday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVAS in Canada.
Tickets to the event are available now!
During THE NHL100 presented by GEICO, Thicke - in honor of his father, the late Alan Thicke - will present a special In Memoriam that pays tribute to the late members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Ondrasik will perform during the In Memoriam tribute.
"We are thrilled to add John Legend, John Ondrasik and Robin Thicke to THE NHL100," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "We have an incredibly special night planned to honor not only the players that have transformed the NHL in its 100-year history, but also a longtime friend of the League and passionate hockey fan in Alan Thicke."
A full lineup of 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend special appearances and musical performances will be announced in the coming days.
The 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will begin with the opening of the 2017 NHL Fan Fair™, including the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena, on Thursday, Jan. 26; continue with the celebration of the 100 Greatest NHL Players at THE NHL100 presented by GEICO on Friday, Jan. 27 (6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS) and the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 28 (4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS); and conclude with the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29 (12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Visit NHL.com/AllStar for more information. Fans can follow the conversation via the official hashtags: #NHL100 and #NHLAllStar. Fans can buy tickets to The NHL100™ event directly AXS.com.
Critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe, among others. Legend recently released his fifth studio album "DARKNESS AND LIGHT," to rave reviews which features his current anthemic hit "Love Me Now." Legend is also one of the principles for Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Get Lifted Film Co. serves as Executive Producers on the HBO documentary "Southern Rites," Pop Network docu-series "Sing it On", WGN America's series "Underground," and films such as "Southside With You" and "La Land," in which Legend also stars. In 2015, he launched #FREEAMERICA, a campaign designed to change the national conversation of our country's misguided policies and to make a change in America's criminal justice system.
Robin Thicke has established himself as one of the most respected singer songwriters in soul and R&B music today. Born in Los Angeles, Robin Thicke taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for top R&B artists. At the age of 21, he had written and produced songs on over 20 gold and platinum albums including Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and others. One year later he signed with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope records. The musician and composer released his critically acclaimed debut album, A Beautiful World, in 2003 under the name Thicke. The collection was followed by a succession of five critically acclaimed gold and platinum selling album releases. Robin's sixth studio album, Blurred Lines, was released in July on 2013. The album garnered three GRAMMY nominations. The collection debuted at #1 on Billboard Top 200 while, "Blurred Lines," the single, continued its 12 week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making Robin the first artist to take the top spot on both lists since December 2012 and only the 17th act to earn the distinction in the past ten years. "Blurred Lines" scored the highest audience ever recorded and broke records by climbing to #1 on 5 radio charts simultaneously (Top 40, Rhythm, Urban, Hot AC & Urban AC) - the first time this has ever been done by an artist. Robin's recent singles include the undeniably danceable pop record "Back Together" featuring Nicki Minaj, emotionally charged track "Deep" featuring Nas, and a R&B classic "Morning Sun."
Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the name under which he records and performs, John has sold over 3 million records. Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song "Superman," and his performance at The Concert for New York. Ondrasik proceeded to become part of the American songbook with the hits "100 Years," "World," "The Riddle," "Chances," and "What If." He has also been deeply involved in philanthropic efforts highlighted by distributing over a million "CD for the Troops" to servicemen and their families around the world. A rabid Los Angeles Kings fan, John has written a series of articles for Sports Illustrated and performed at the 2002 NHL® All-Star Game, 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, and the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game between the LA Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.