NHL Network to Cover the Draft From Minnesota
June 22, 2011 Leave a comment
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
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
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,
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 –
Friday, June 24
2010 NHL Draft – Round #1 11:30 a.m. – 3:30
2011 NHL Scouting Combine Recap Show Presented by Reebok (encore) 3:30 –
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
2011 NHL Network Draft Round 1 Recap Presented by Cisco (encore) 11:00 –
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
2011 NHL Draft Rounds 2-7 Presented by Cisco (encore) 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.