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'Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas' chronicles 2019 NHL Draft

Behind-the-scenes show follows first-round picks Hughes, Kakko, Cozens, Caufield

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced today the creation of Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas, an NHL Original Production that will provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at top prospects -- from their hotel rooms to the draft stage -- from the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

The show, comprised of four 'acts,' chronicles players' early apprehensions, nervous first minutes and eventual elation after being selected in the 2019 NHL Draft. With exclusive access to prospects' families and agents - as well as Club executives - Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas delivers an unprecedented look at the excitement of draft day.

Four of the 2019 first round Draft picks are chronicled in the show: Jack Hughes (No. 1 overall, New Jersey Devils), Kaapo Kakko (No. 2 overall, New York Rangers), Dylan Cozens (No. 7 overall, Buffalo Sabres) and Cole Caufield (No. 15 overall, Montreal Canadiens). The program follows them as they meet their new team's staff, conduct media scrums following their selections and share the excitement with their friends and families.


Watch clips from Episode One:

Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas: Jack Hughes

Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas: Kaapo Kakko

Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas: Dylan Cozens

Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas: Cole Caufield

Network Premiere Dates for "Welcome to the NHL presented by adidas":


Network, Date, Time

Sportsnet 360, Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 p.m. ET

Sportsnet, Tuesday, July 2, 11:30 p.m. ET

NHL Network, Tuesday, July 2, 7:00 p.m. ET   Tuesday, July 2, TBA

NHL Social Platforms, Tuesday, July 2, TBA

Sportsnet One, Wednesday, July 3, 6:00 p.m. ET

NBCSN   Sunday, July 7   11:30 a.m. ET

Carried internationally by: Viasat, Max Sport, Premier, Nova Sport, TV2, Fox Sports, Tencent, DAZN, Check local listings, Check local listings

Fans can follow the conversation via the official hashtag #NHLDraft.


About NHL Original Productions

NHL Original Productions is the in-house production arm of the NHL, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the game of hockey. Established in 2011, NHL Original Productions develops long- and short-form hockey programming for use by the League's media platforms (NHL Network™, and NHL Social), as well as national and regional rightsholders. Its original programming lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning series "Road To The NHL Winter Classic™," the Sports Emmy Award-nominated "Quest For The Stanley Cup™," "NHL All-Star All Access™," "NHL China Games All Access™," "Skates Off," and other content.

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