Cable Network to Air Yashin vs. Jagr in KHL All-Star Game


Universal Sports

Universal Sports

NBC recently bought what was formerly called WCSN to create Universal Sports.  The idea behind it was to showcase all the Olympic athletes we love so much in the years when no one cares about them.  But they’ve expanded programming a little bit, and currently air a weekly KHL broadcast.  They’re upping the ante though, for the KHL All-Star Game.

As many of you already know, the KHL game will not be any ordinary tilt.  It’ll be played outdoors at Red Square in Moscow.  The teams will be captained by Alexei Yashin and Jaromir Jagr.  This should make for some interesting hockey.  John Ahlers and Brent Severyn, both with the Anaheim Ducks, will call the action off monitors in LA.  Check out the entire press release after the jump.

LOS ANGELES — January 8, 2008 — There is more hockey to be played on an outdoor rink from a historical site. Universal Sports presents live broadcast coverage of the first-ever Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) All-Star Game between Team Yashin and. Team Jagr, this Saturday at 8 a.m. ET from Red Square in Moscow. 

Team Yashin, featuring Russian-born players and led by former New York Islanders center Alexei Yashin, will take on Team Jagr, made up of players from the rest of the world and captained by former Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers star winger Jaromir Jagr. 

COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, available in 30 million homes, will present a live broadcast on its 24-hour television network from 8:00– 10:30 a.m. ET and a same day encore presentation from 11:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. ET. 

COVERAGE ON UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM: Universal Sports will offer a free, global live webcast on starting 8:00 a.m. ET. The game will be available for on-demand viewing. 

COMMENTATORS: John Ahlers (play-by-play), the television voice of Anaheim Ducks and Brent Severyn (color commentator), Ducks radio analyst, will call all the action from the Universal Sports studio in Los Angeles. 

MICHAELS ON THE BUZZ FACTOR: “This particular game is what Universal Sports is all about. This kind of exciting international event that in the past hasn’t had a place to air. With the excitement of last weekend’s Winter Classic still fresh, the idea of the top international hockey players playing under the stars in Red Square in Moscow is something that shouldn’t be missed,” said David Michaels, NBC Emmy Award-winning producer and head of Universal Sports production. 

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 30 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Diego, San Francisco, Hartford, New Haven, Las Vegas, Reno and Omaha. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports ranges from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit 

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