ESPN Frozen Four PR

ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV will present the 2010 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four live from Ford Field in Detroit. The NFL field has been transformed to include an NCAA ice rink. Watch the video of the transformation here.

The puck drops when No. 3 national seed Wisconsin (27-10-4) faces Rochester Institute of Technology (28-11-1) in the first national semifinal Thursday, April 8, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com, followed by No. 1 national seed Miami (29-7-7) vs. No. 4 national seed Boston College (27-10-3) in the second national semifinal at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 HD, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile. The national championship will air Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. on ESPN HD, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile.

The Frozen Four telecasts will feature Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Barry Melrose (analyst), Clay Matvick (ice-level reporter) calling all the action from Detroit. Also, on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m., ESPNU HD will feature the Hobey Baker Award presentation live from Ford Field. The award honors college ice hockey’s top men’s player. The presentation will be hosted by Matvick and Melrose.

ESPN’s presentation of the Frozen Four will feature 15 cameras, including two fixed cameras in each goal, provided by the NCAA to verify goals.

Frozen Four Schedule, Ford Field, Detroit

Date Time (ET) Event Network

Thu, Apr 8 5 p.m. National Semifinal #1: Wisconsin vs. Rochester Institute of Technology ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com

8:30 p.m. National Semifinal #2: Miami vs. Boston College ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile

Fri, Apr 9 7 p.m. Hobey Baker Award ESPNU HD

Sat, Apr 10 7 p.m. National Championship ESPN HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile

NHL Net to Show Mellon Arena Ceremony

NHL Network U.S. will take to the airwaves early for tonight’s match-up between the Penguins andNew York Islanders in order to broadcast a special pre-game ceremony planned to commemorate the final regular-season game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

Mellon Arena, often nicknamed the ‘Igloo’, will host its 1,667th regular season game tonight.  The Penguins will have over 50 alumni players, coaches and management in the building for this special ceremony.  The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. ET – both the ceremony and game will be broadcast in HD.

A Day Off

I’m not feeling well today, so today will be a light day on Puck the Media.  Unless there are some press releases, I mostly won’t be around.  Wasn’t South Park great last night though?

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