Your Announcers and Open Thread For Tonight’s Bruins/Penguins Showdown

Boston vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM ET
Play by Play:
Joe Beninati
Color: Andy Brickley
Reporter: Bob Harwood

Former SportsCenter Exec. Producer Preisler to Take the Reigns of NHL Network US

NEW YORK (January 10, 2011) – Two-time Emmy award-winning producer Mark Preisler has been named to the position of Executive Producer of the NHL Network U.S. and Creative Consultant with NHL Network Canada, the National Hockey League announced today. In his new position, Preisler will be involved in all aspects of the Network’s programming and production, including the nightly NHL On The Fly show and its on-air talent and production staff. He will also oversee the creation of content and distribution to NHL platforms and direct all special programming at signature League events such as the Winter and Heritage Classic games, All-Star Weekend and the Stanley Cup Final.


Preisler has spent the last ten years in multiple roles with ESPN — including two years as the senior coordinating producer for Baseball Tonight and seven years as an executive producer with SportsCenter. He won two Emmy Awards for his work on SportsCenter and worked closely with ESPN’s sales and marketing teams to launch its HD news channel.


“The NHL is thrilled to have Mark join our team,” said Charles Coplin, NHL Executive Vice President of Content. “The NHL Network is a vitally important platform that allows our millions of our fans across North America to follow their favorite teams and players. We look forward to the broadcast experience that Mark will bring to the Network to bring our fans even closer to the action and tell the great stories of our players in greater depth.”


As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games. The network’s daily signature show — NHL On The Fly — offers fans exclusive live look-ins to NHL games, including goals, shootouts, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special coverage from NHL events.


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A Puck the Media Project: NHL Overtime vs. NHL On the Fly, A Night-by-Night, Two Week Experiment

I’m currently on my final winter break before my final semester of college, folks (I hope). So I’ve been thinking of something to do in the time between now and when I have to bother myself with schooling again. I thought I’d give this a try. Probably for the best, as it has been a while since the last time I gave either of these shows a critical look. After a couple of months to find themselves since they began competing, I thought it’d be fair to compare the two.

Here’s what going to happen: Every night, I’m going to watch the 11:00 PM ET edition of VERSUS’ NHL Overtime, and the 1:00 AM ET, “final” edition of NHL On the Fly, and simply compare and contrast. Lead stories, lead games, focus on any and all NHL controversies, interview pieces, anchors and analysts. A mere experiment in how the two shows that cover the NHL extensively and air within the borders of these United States are doing during the NHL’s busy season headed into the All-Star break.

While this is going on, I’d love to get your individual takes on each show. Leave them in the comments, in an e-mail, or on Twitter. I’ll try and write back or possibly post your thoughts in one of the pieces. You’ll see each bit Tuesday-Friday (Overtime only airs Monday-Thursday, of course) around 10:00 AM ET, so I hope you’ll enjoy it.