Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, NHL Network will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET on CITY and the NHL Network in the United States. This week's location is Kelowna, British Columbia, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.
Among the features airing on the pregame show:
* Shea Weber is one of the best defenseman in the NHL, but it almost never happened. He went undrafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam draft and was cut from a couple of teams. Everything changed when the Kelowna Rockets took a chance.
* The Kelowna Rockets have been a perennial powerhouse since 2000 thanks in a large part to their head scout. Lorne Frey has turned the recreational lakeside paradise into a factory for NHL defensemen.
* Justin Schultz emerged as a coveted NHL free agent, but the turning point in his hockey career came in his hometown of Kelowna, when he joined the Pursuit of Excellence program.
* Drafted in the second round (No. 53) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals, defensemen Madison Bowey is leading the Kelowna Rockets to the top of the WHL standings. The telecast will feature more about Kelowna's captain and the leadership qualities he brings to his team.