The National Hockey League returns to NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview special NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview. NBC's lead NHL broadcast team, Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter), joined by studio host Bill Clement, analyze the upcoming season focusing on key storylines and the new rule changes, designed to increase the speed and flow of the game.
"Doc, JD and Pierre are the best in the business and have been eager to get back on the air ever since we hired them more than a year ago," said Sam Flood, NBC Sports Coordinating Producer and producer of the NHL on NBC. "It was a lot of fun being able to finally get everyone together for this preview show and I think fans will enjoy their take on the upcoming season. We are all raring to go in January."
Segments in NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview, include:
· JD visits Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby at the
Pittsburgh Penguins training camp to examine Crosby's adjustment to the NHL after a storied junior hockey career.
· Clement visits Philadelphia Flyers camp as netminder Robert Esche
experiments with NBC's "goalie cam," a tiny camera embedded in goaltenders' masks, which will be unveiled exclusively on NBC in January.
· Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky previews his first year as an NHL coach
with the Phoenix Coyotes.
· A look at the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and what it will
take for them to repeat.
· McGuire visits "Hockeytown" with Detroit Red Wings star forward
NBC drops the puck on its inaugural NHL on NBC season January 14, 2006, with regional coverage of three games, highlighted by the Philadelphia Flyers and Peter Forsberg hosting his former team, the Colorado Avalanche. NBC Sports will present six weeks of NHL regular-season action: Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, April 8 and April 15. Schedule highlights include highly anticipated rookie Sidney Crosby, team owner and captain Mario Lemieux and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Flyers on Jan. 21 and the Red Wings visiting their Conference rivals, the Avalanche on Jan. 28. NBC also will air select Stanley Cup Playoff games and games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.