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Playoffs provide platform for celebrity fans

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David Boreanaz, star of "Bones" greets fans this past January at the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia. Boreanaz will be blogging on his favorite NHL team, the Philadelphia Flyers, throughout the playoffs.
For the second straight year, celebrities from television, movies and music will share their love of hockey and their excitement for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in exclusive blogs on NHL.com, the official website of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans.

Celebrities offering fans a unique perspective of their favorite team’s quest for the Stanley Cup include: Lauren Conrad, star of the MTV reality show, “The Hills”; Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Juno”); actors Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sister”), Jay Baruchel (“Knocked Up,” “She’s Out of My League”), Adam Beach (“Law & Order: SVU”), David Boreanaz (“Bones”), A.J. Buckley (“CSI: NY”), Eddie Cahill (“CSI: NY”), Tom Cavanagh ("Scrubs,” “Truth in Advertising”), William Fichtner (“Prison Break”), Thorsten Kaye (“All My Children”), George Stults (“7th Heaven”), Geoff Stults (“October Road”) and John Pyper-Ferguson; writer and director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”); country music star Dierks Bentley; Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano, former “Amazing Race” and “Survivor” contestant and current host of the upcoming reality competition, “The Splits”; Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler; and actress and wife of Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano, Willa Ford-Modano.

Each celebrity blogger will give fans an exclusive glimpse inside their world, from movie premieres to tour stops to long days of filming on TV and movie sets. NHL fans will read how celebrity hockey fans juggle their hectic schedules with their favorite team’s broadcast schedule. 

"I'm a casual hockey fan who has gotten into going to Kings games over the past two seasons,” said Conrad, an Orange County native.  “I'm blogging about the Stanley Cup Playoffs because I LOVE live hockey and I thought this would be a fun way to get more involved with the post-season.”

"Since my favorite teams didn’t make the playoffs, in my blog, it will be my job to hypothesize what would have happened had they, in fact, made the cut,” said Reitman, who was born in Montreal and raised in Los Angeles. “Here's a hint: For the first time in history, two Western Conference teams will play in the Stanley Cup Final."

NHL.com users will have the opportunity post comments and interact with each celebrity blogger.  The celebrity blogs can be found at http://www.nhl.com/blogcentral/index.html.

National network television coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided in the United States by NBC and VERSUS and in Canada by CBC, TSN and RDS.  NHL Radio on Westwood One will distribute live coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to radio stations across North America.  Every game also can be heard on XM Satellite Radio.




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