PITTSBURGH -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced game day plans for the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the regular-season outdoor matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 25 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVAS2).
The pregame festivities will begin with a drumline performance by Pittsburgh Steeline, a staple at Pittsburgh Steelers games. Steeline will provide accompaniment to fellow Pittsburghers, The Hawkeyes, during player introductions. The Hawkeyes will serve as the house band and perform throughout the game.
Before the Penguins and Flyers make their entrance, seven live penguins from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will parade into Heinz Field. Named after members of the NHL's Penguins, flightless birds Crosby, Kessel, Kunitz, Letang, Malkin, Murray and Sully (for head coach Mike Sullivan) are expected to take the ice on the field's auxiliary rink.
The U.S. national anthem ceremony will feature a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Courtney Daniels, the Pennsylvania State Police Ceremonial Unit color guard and the unfurling of the U.S. flag by first responders from the Pittsburgh area.
As previously announced, Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-selling band Train will now take the stage at Heinz Field during the first intermission, surrounded by fans on the field. A portion of their performance will air during the nationally televised game.
The second intermission will feature a special ceremony during which the NHL will celebrate the nine current and former Penguins players who were named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players list. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and legends Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey and Bryan Trottier will be in attendance for the special tribute. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes will emcee the ceremony.
Prior to filing into Heinz Field, fans can enjoy music and hockey interactives at The PreGame, the official tailgate party of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The free, hockey-themed fan festival will be open to the public at Stage AE and in the parking lot across from Heinz Field. Acclaimed Icelandic rock band Kaleo will perform on Stage AE's outdoor music stage starting at 6:15 p.m. ET, while Pittsburgh's own My Hero Zero will entertain fans from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. ET.
Throughout the Penguins-Flyers game, the auxiliary rink also will host 20 youth hockey players from the Little Pens Learn to Play Program who will take part in drills and free skates.
NHL Network and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. NHL Social will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms via the official hashtag #Stadium Series