NHL Network Ready to Face-Off

NEW YORK/TORONTO (September 30, 2010) – NHL Network cameras will chronicle all the events and capture all the excitement of 2010 NHL Face-Off™ when the puck drops on the 2010-11 NHL season on Thursday, October 7, with an all-day celebration in Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

From its vantage point at the center of the Square, NHL Network™ will overlook a synthetic ice surface and capture the essence of 2010 NHL Face-Off with three hours of live programming from 4 -7 p.m. ET. The broadcast will air live performances and exclusive interviews with three of Canada’s top bands — Hedley, Down With Webster and Hey Rosetta! — while keeping viewers updated on the plays of the day and scores from the afternoon’s European match-up.

Roving reporter Christine Simpson, NHL On The Fly™ host Brian Duff and panelist Mike Johnson will take viewers inside all of the activities happening on the square –including a hotstove session with Maple Leafs’ alumni Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and other special guests.

Simpson will visit the many hockey-theme interactives on-site and speak with the parents, kids and guests participating in the on-ice skill clinics. NHL Network also will offer a unique opportunity to all those fans in attendance who aspire to a career in television broadcasting — On The Fly studio analysts Larry Murphy, Bill Berg and Craig Button will give fans the chance to host a virtual On The Fly newscast.

NHL Face-Off, the NHL’s annual season-opening event, will run from noon until the conclusion of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game at Air Canada Centre. The NHL® will treat fans to live musical performances; interactive attractions that test hockey skills; prizes and giveaways, including the chance to win a trip to the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic™; special guest appearances, including those by former NHL players; food, beverage and merchandise tents; and live CBC and VERSUS game broadcasts on giant video screens, including the Dundas Square video boards. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and VERSUS also will broadcast from the event throughout the day, including portions of CBC’s pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, which begins nationally at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NHL Network Schedule – Thursday, October 7 (all times ET; all programs air in HD in U.S.)

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. NHL On The Fly Season Preview: Eastern Conference

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. NHL On The Fly Season Preview: Western Conference

11:30 – noon NHL On The Fly 2010 Premiere Special

Noon – 2:00 p.m. NHL Live!

2 – 4:00 p.m. 2010 Stanley Cup® Final: Game #6 Chicago @ Philadelphia

4 – 7:00 p.m. 2010 NHL Face-Off

7:00 p.m. NHL On The Fly