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Hockey Weekend Across America Set to Begin Friday

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Celebration is for All Levels of Hockey Across the United States

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, begins Friday (Feb. 13) and runs through Sunday (Feb. 15).

Hockey Weekend Across America’s objective is to celebrate hockey and all those involved in the game at all levels and also expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans to the sport.

“It's important that we celebrate our great game on a national level together at least once a season and Hockey Weekend Across America provides a platform for that to take place,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We're excited about the traction this effort has gained and look forward to all the activity that will take place around the country this coming weekend.”

Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including:
Friday (Feb. 15) – Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com
Saturday (Feb. 16) – Bring a Friend to the Rink, sponsored by the NHL
Sunday (Feb. 17) – Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program

Fans across the country may register for Hockey Weekend Across America’s Great Jersey Giveaway at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com. Each day of Hockey Weekend Across America, 15 lucky fans will win an authentic NHL jersey of their choice.

In addition, hockey associations/clubs from around the country may enter to win great prizes as part of Hockey Weekend Across America's Best Programming contest. The top prize is 25 sets of OneGoal starter hockey equipment, plus $2,000 cash. Five runner-up prizes of $1,000 cash wil also be awarded. The entry form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Listed below is a partial list of events happening around the country in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America, as well as a rundown of special programming airing on the NHL Network in the United States as part of the celebration. Also listed are featured interviews taking place on XM Radio’s Hockey This Morning on channel 204.

NHL Network U.S.
Special Programming During Hockey Weekend Across America

Friday, Feb. 13
Men's College Hockey -- 7:30 p.m. ET -- Yale at Union
A battle of ECAC Hockey teams live from the Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center in Schenectady, New York.

Saturday, Feb. 14
The 1996 World Cup of Hockey Best-of-Three Final -- USA vs. Canada
12:00 p.m. ET -- USA vs. Canada, Game 1 from Philadelphia, Pa.
2:00 p.m. ET -- USA vs. Canada, Game 2, from Montreal, Que.
4:00 p.m. ET -- USA vs. Canada, Game 3, from Montreal, Que.

Sunday, Feb. 15
An inside look at the lives of four prominent U.S. players:
7:00 p.m. ET -- Captains Driven by Bridgestone: Chris Clark
7:30 p.m. ET -- Captains Driven by Bridgestone: Chris Drury
8:00 p.m. ET -- Day in the Life: Doug Weight
8:30 p.m. ET -- Don Cherry's Grapevine: Pat LaFontaine

XM Satellite Radio
Hockey Weekend Across America Programming
Hockey This Morning on XM 204; All guests on with host Scott Laughlin at 9:25 a.m. ET

Monday, Feb. 9
Lou Vairo, 1984 U.S. Olympic Coach & USA Hockey director of special projects

Tuesday, Feb. 10
Brian Burke, general manager of 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team & president and general manager of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Angela Ruggiero, seeking to make her fourth U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team in 2010

Thursday, Feb. 12
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey

Friday, Feb. 13
Stan "The Hockey Maven" Fischler, MSG Network


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