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NHL Network to Televise Free Agency Special

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
NEW YORK (June 30, 2009) – NHL Network in the U.S. will have six hours of live coverage to celebrate the opening of the NHL's free agency period at Noon ET on July 1. The hockey experts from NHL Live! will get things started with two hours of news, analysis, interviews and viewer phone calls beginning at Noon ET. Next, NHL Network for U.S. viewers is presenting a live airing of TSN’s third annual NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by James Duthie, the show features TSN's team of reporters and correspondents providing news of the day's transactions.

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will be at the ‘News Breakers' desk to bring viewers the most up-to-date information on NHL signings. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster on the Instant Analysis panel while Gino Reda will deliver an in-depth look at all of the Free Agents in play. Duthie will also conduct live interviews with players, coaches and GMs from around the League, providing viewers with comprehensive access to instant reaction from the deal-makers and players involved. Dave Hodge is joined in-studio by a panel including Michael Farber, Dave Naylor and Chris Stevenson with additional opinions and analysis. NHL Network will be the only place on television for U.S. NHL fans to keep updated on all of the transactions of the day.

In celebration of Independence Day in the U.S., NHL Network is presenting 12 hours of programming dedicated to hockey in the United States. The special programming block begins at Noon ET, and consists of all three games of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey USA vs. Canada final series; the 2008 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter; the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game and more. The schedule for U.S. viewers on Saturday, July 4 is:

TIME
PROGRAM
Noon ET
1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 1
2 p.m. ET
1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 2
4 p.m. ET
1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 3
6 p.m. ET
2008 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
7:30 p.m. ET
The Hodge Stove League: Ron Wilson
8 p.m. ET
2008 Lester Patrick Awards Ceremony
9:30 p.m. ET
The Hodge Stove League: Brian Burke
10 p.m. ET
2004 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game - USA vs. Canada

ABOUT NHL NETWORK™
As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games featuring stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Patrick Kane. The network’s daily signature show – NHL On The Fly – offers fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, extended highlights, stellar saves, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports, team press conferences, expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special event coverage from the NHL Winter Classic™, NHL All-Star Game, NHL® Stanley Cup™ Final and NHL Entry Draft. Additional NHL Network programming includes international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs. NHL Network is available in the United States and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers. For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com.

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