NHL Network to Cover the Draft From Minnesota

NEW YORK (June 21, 2011) – NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Radio will

provide comprehensive coverage the 2011 NHL Entry Draft from Minnesota

where NHL Clubs gather on Friday night to select their future star players.

NHL Network will air two days of full coverage while NHL.com will deploy a

team of writers, reporters and videographers to cover each and every Draft

selection and all the NHL news of the day.

 

The puck drops on NHL Network’s Draft coverage on Thursday with a

special edition of NHL On the Fly beginning at 6pm. Regular OTF host Brian

Duff and former NHL general manager Craig Button will share their analysis

of the top players and make their first round mock Draft selections.

 

Following OTF’s Draft feature and in order to prepare fans for the

2011 NHL Entry Draft, Duff and Button will host a 30-minute show, 2011 NHL

Network Scouting Combine Recap Presented by Reebok at 7:00 p.m. The NHL

Combine, which took place in early June in Toronto, is a forum for Clubs to

evaluate the fitness and strength of the NHL’s future stars and interview

those players one-on-one ahead of the draft selection process.

 

The recap show features interviews with top-ranked prospects,

all-access video with trainers and doctors and behind-the-scenes footage

from the grueling VO2 testing station. An interview with Edmonton Oilers

general manager Steve Tambellini, who has the first selection of this

year’s Entry Draft, will round out an overview of the week-long Combine

event.

 

NHL Network’s daily signature show NHL Live™ will broadcast on Friday

afternoon from 4 – 6 p.m. with Bill Pidto and Dave Maloney. The twosome

will keep viewers apprised of NHL news and notes in advance of Friday’s

Draft and will carry segments live from Minnesota.

 

NHL Network’s Draft coverage will kick into high gear on Friday, June

24, at 6:00 p.m. ET with NHL Network Draft Preview Show Presented by Cisco,

broadcast live from Xcel Energy Center, the site of the 2011 NHL Entry

Draft with Duff, Button and EJ Hradek. The show will focus on interviews

with the projected top five Draft picks, player profiles and team draft

histories and highlight their mock draft and predictions and will bring

viewers up-to-speed on all the latest NHL news and transactions along with

roaming reporter Deb Placey.

 

Carried live on VERSUS in the United States and TSN and RDS in

Canada, the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be telecast

beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

 

NHL Radio, with host Don La Greca, will provide first-round coverage

of the NHL Entry Draft, which can be heard on radio stations across North

America, including XM channel 92 and Sirius Premier (formerly known as “The

Best of XM”) channel 207.

 

Immediately following the conclusion of round one, the NHL Network

team will be on the air with NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by

Cisco for all post-Draft reaction and a preview of the Draft’s second day,

complete with profiles of players still on the board.

 

On Day Two, the NHL Network team will have exclusive coverage from

its set on stage at XCel Energy Center beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The

panel and reporters will take viewers through Rounds 2 through 7 with

interviews and analysis, video features, historical notes, hidden gems and

special tributes.

 

On the web, NHL.com will have wall-to-wall coverage of prospects’

arrivals, live streaming of the NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented

by Cisco show Friday night and special behind-the-scenes video features

starring the NHL Top Prospects. For comprehensive Entry Draft coverage,

visit http://www.nhl.com

 

All NHL Network programming will be carried in high definition where

available. NHL Network is available in the U.S. and Canada by contacting

digital cable, satellite, or telco providers. For more information or an

updated program schedule, please log on to http://www.nhlnetwork.com.

 

 

NHL Network Schedule (June 23 – 25) all times ET

 

Thursday, June 23

2011 NHL Awards (encore) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

NHL Live! 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

NHL On The Fly 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

2011 NHL Scouting Combine Recap Show Presented by Reebok 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

2011 NHL Scouting Combine Recap Show Presented by Reebok (encore) 7:30 –

8:00 p.m.

 

Friday, June 24

2010 NHL Draft – Round #1 11:30 a.m. – 3:30

p.m.

2011 NHL Scouting Combine Recap Show Presented by Reebok (encore) 3:30 –

4:00 p.m.

NHL Live! 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

2011 NHL Network Draft Preview Show Presented by Cisco 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

2011 NHL Entry Draft – Round 1 (live coverage on VERSUS, TSN, RDS)

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

2011 NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by Cisco following end of

1st round

2011 NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by Cisco (encore) 11:00 –

midnight

 

Saturday, June 25

2011 NHL Entry Draft – Round 1 (encore) 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.

2011 NHL Draft Rounds 2-7 Presented by Cisco 11:00 a.m. – 3:00

p.m.

2011 NHL Draft Rounds 2-7 Presented by Cisco (encore) 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

About Steve Lepore
Contact me at stevemlepore@gmail.com

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