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Hockeyville USA telecast to exhibit 'Slap Shot' theme

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Elements of the old-time hockey made famous in the 1977 Paul Newman classic "Slap Shot" will be on display Sept. 29 when Johnstown, Pa., hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning in the first edition of Kraft Hockeyville USA (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

The preseason game will be played at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, where the iconic film was shot. Bob Costas, who anchors the coverage, will have a live interview with Jeff Carlson and Steve Carlson, the real-life inspiration for the Hanson brothers. Play-by-play commentator Mike Emrick will pay homage to Jim Carr, the legendary broadcaster of the Charlestown Chiefs.

In addition, segments with analyst Jeremy Roenick will feature memorabilia from "Slap Shot" and chronicle the history of Johnstown hockey, which dates to 1941, while current NHL players will discuss their favorite memories of and scenes from the film.

Following the Kraft Hockeyville USA game, NBCSN will televise "Slap Shot" in its entirety.

The Johnstown Jets, which served as the inspiration for the Charlestown Chiefs, debuted at the War Memorial in 1950, where they played until 1977. Various leagues and teams have called Johnstown home, including the Johnstown Chiefs, an original member of the ECHL, and the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League.

Costas, a 26-time Emmy winner, began his broadcasting career at the arena in 1973 with an NAHL game between the Jets and Syracuse Blazers. He'll recount stories from his minor-league days, including an altercation on the Blazers team bus with Bill Goldthorpe, who inspired the "Slap Shot" character Ogie Ogilthorpe.

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