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Cup, Messier at Rockefeller Plaza Saturday

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York's Rockefeller Plaza will turn into "Hockey Plaza" on Saturday, Jan. 14, as NBC Sports and the NHL launch the network's inaugural season as the broadcast home of NHL hockey.

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at The Rink at 30 Rock.

The Stanley Cup will be on display at the NBC Experience Store, located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Members of the public are invited to have their picture taken with hockey's "holy grail" (Note: fans should bring their own cameras).

Hockey fans also can watch and serve as the backdrop for the debut of the "NHL on NBC" studio show, which will originate from ice level at the Rink at 30 Rock. Hockey legend and longtime Rangers captain Mark Messier will serve as the show's guest analyst, joining Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro both at the desk and on the ice for hockey demonstrations.

The transformation of Rockefeller Plaza to "Hockey Plaza" will begin Friday night, as the flags surrounding the plaza are replaced with NHL flags and the "NHL on NBC" logo is imbedded in the ice surface.

NBC Sports will present six weeks of NHL regular-season action: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, April 8 and April 15; and provide coverage of the Conference Quarterfinals on April 22, 23, 29 and 30; the Conference Semifinals, May 6, 7, 13 and 14; the Conference Finals on May 20; and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime. One game each week plus the Stanley Cup Final will be presented in high definition.

The Rangers are scheduled to appear on NBC broadcasts on Jan. 28 vs. Pittsburgh, April 8 at Boston and April 15 at Philadelphia.
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