NEW YORK – On the eve of the 2010 IIHF World Championship tournament, Assistant Executive Director with USA Hockey's Hockey Operations Jim Johannson and President of Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson will join guest host Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and co-host E.J. Hradek on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is broadcast live on SIRIUS XM Radio and streamed on NHL.com 6 p.m. ET.
Team USA opens the tournament Friday against host nation Germany at the VELTINS Arena, a soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen where capacity was expanded to 76,152 to meet the demand for this landmark contest. The all-time attendance record for a hockey game was set Oct. 6, 2001 when the University of Michigan and Michigan State University played the "Cold War" game before 74,544 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.
Team Canada plays its first match on Saturday against Italy at SAP Arena in Mannheim.
NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman broadcasts live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and on SIRIUS Channel 208 as part of the "Best of XM" programming package) and NHL.com. The show will re-air on SIRIUS XM Radio, with archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
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