2011-12 Remaining College Hockey National Television Schedule

This will only be for games on the ESPN family, CBS Sports Network, Big Ten Network and, of course, NBC Sports Net, and not counting regional networks (ROOT, FSN, FCS, etc.). Does not include conference tournaments.

November 5
North Dakota vs. Minnesota (BTN)

November 13
Boston University vs. Boston College (CBSSN)

November 18
Boston College vs. Notre Dame (CBSSN)

December 2
Boston College vs. Boston University (CBSSN)

December 9
Minnesota-Duluth vs. Wisconsin (BTN)

December 10
Michigan vs. Michigan State (BTN)
Boston University vs. Maine (CBSSN)

December 31
#11 Boston University vs. #7 Notre Dame (VERSUS)

January 6
Dartmouth vs. RPI (NBCSN)
Minnesota-Duluth vs. Western Michigan (CBSSN)
RIT vs. Wisconsin (BTN)

January 7
Notre Dame vs. Minnesota (BTN)

January 13
Michigan vs. Ohio State (BTN)
Western Michigan vs. Notre Dame (CBSSN)
#1 Minnesota-Duluth vs. Nebraska-Omaha (NBCSN)

January 20
Michigan vs. #7 Notre Dame (NBCSN)

January 21
Air Force vs. Army (CBSSN)

January 27
#17 Yale vs. Harvard (NBCSN)
St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota (BTN)

January 28
Maine vs. Boston University (CBSSN)

February 3
#16 Cornell vs. RPI (NBCSN)
Providence vs. New Hampshire (CBSSN)
St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin (BTN)
RIT vs. Air Force (CBSSN)

February 4
Miami vs. Michigan (CBSSN)

February 10
Michigan vs. Michigan State (BTN)
#3 Boston College vs. Vermont (NBCSN)
North Dakota vs. Minnesota-Duluth (CBSSN)
#2 Minnesota vs. #13 Denver (NBCSN)

February 17
Dartmouth vs. #17 Yale (NBCSN)
Notre Dame vs. Miami (CBSSN)
Nebraska-Omaha vs. Colorado College (CBSSN)

February 24
Ohio State vs. Miami (CBSSN)
#11 Boston University vs. Vermont (NBCSN)
Michigan State vs. Notre Dame (CBSSN)
#19 North Dakota vs. #13 Denver (NBCSN)

March 2
#13 Denver vs. Nebraska-Omaha (NBCSN)
Vermont vs. Boston College (CBSSN)

March 3
Vermont vs. Boston College (CBSSN)

Discover to Be Title Sponsor of NBC Black Friday Game, Known As the “Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown”

New York, NY and Riverwoods, IL, (Nov. 2, 2011) – Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the intention to renew a multi-year sponsorship agreement naming Discover as an Official Partner of the NHL® in the U.S.


As part of this agreement, Discover becomes title sponsor of the inaugural NHL on NBC broadcast on Thanksgiving Friday, now titled the 2011 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown™. This broadcast launches NBC’s coverage of the NHL for the season, making it the earliest NHL regular season broadcast on national U.S. television in more than 20 years. In promotion for this game, featuring the Boston Bruins hosting the Detroit Red Wings (1:00 pm ET, NBC), Discover and the NHL also will introduce a co-branded float titled “Frozen Fall Fun” that will make its first-ever appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.


The float, featuring a live performance of Grammy®-Award winning artist Cee-Lo Green, is 36 feet long by 20 feet wide and is designed to reflect a fall hockey theme. Also created to showcase the Discover and NHL partnership, the float will feature NHL stars from the past, a synthetic ice rink, a 12 foot tall turkey that serves as a hockey goal, plus an assortment of colorful fall décor.


“Having a new ownership platform on a day that is synonymous with shopping was a natural fit to renew our partnership with Discover, but we wanted to make it even bigger,” said David Lehanski, Group Vice President of Integrated Sales. “The idea of incorporating a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade gives us a unique way to not only promote this partnership, but also the 2011 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown in front of an audience that traditionally reaches nearly 50 million viewers.”


The commitment to the NHL will deepen Discover’s investment in hockey, giving the company increased opportunities to engage with U.S. hockey fans nationwide and develop exclusive hockey-themed rewards and experiences across various NHL special events.


“We’re proud to work with our partners at the NHL and participate in some of America’s favorite holiday traditions, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching a great hockey match-up on NBC,” said Jennifer Murillo, vice president of brand communications for Discover.


Throughout the NHL season, Discover will offer opportunities for cardmembers to redeem their Cashback® Bonus rewards for tickets to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® in Philadelphia. Discover cardmembers also receive discounts to Shop.NHL.com and the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York City, NHL GameCenter Live™ subscriptions and more.


Discover will remain the Official Card of the NHL, NHL All-Star Weekend, NHL Winter Classic, NHL Awards™ and the NHL Draft.™


Discover Launches Two New Ads Featuring Patrick Kane and Tim Thomas


As a tie-in to its NHL sponsorship, Discover also launched two new national television ads yesterday featuring the popular Peggy character along with Blackhawks center Patrick Kane (click here) and Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (click here). Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. The television ads highlight Discover’s award-winning customer service while positioning Peggy, a likable, but incapable customer service representative of the fictitious U.S.A. Prime Credit Company, as a person who frustrates callers with long hold times, excessive transfers and the inability to solve problems. The new ads are a follow-up to the “Peggy” ad Discover launched earlier this year that featured curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup® handler Phil Pritchard.

NBC Sports Network Makes it Official: Will Air 16 NCAA Games This Season

NEW YORK (November 2, 2011)— The NBC Sports Group will air 16 live college hockey games this season on NBC Sports Network, including four from the Hockey East Tournament (one Quarterfinal, both Semifinals and the Final). This season’s schedule, which marks the first time that the NBC Sports Group will air college hockey games, was developed through partnerships with numerous collegiate hockey associations and universities.

The coverage begins on VERSUS, which will be rebranded as the NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2, on Saturday, December 31, when No. 4 Notre Dame hosts No. 12 Boston University at 7 p.m. ET. The remainder of this season’s schedule, which includes a game each Friday in primetime starting in January, will be seen on NBC Sports Network. The schedule culminates with live coverage of the Hockey East Tournament with a Quarterfinal game on March 9, as well as both Semifinals and the Final on March 16 and 17, 2012, respectively, from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

“We are excited to be launching our first-ever college hockey package by building a destination on Friday nights on the NBC Sports Network with many of the preeminent brands in the sport,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports Group.

Additional regular-season highlights include No. 4 Notre Dame hosting No. 3 Michigan on Jan. 20; No. 9 Yale facing Harvard on Jan. 27; and a Feb. 10 doubleheader featuring No. 1 Boston College traveling to Vermont and No. 8 Denver hosting No. 5 Minnesota.

The college hockey telecasts will be produced by the same Emmy Award-winning team that oversees all of the NHL games for the NBC Sports Group, led by Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS.

The NBC Sports Group also recently announced a multi-year deal with Notre Dame to have their home games televised on the NBC Sports Network beginning with the 2013-14 season, when the school joins Hockey East.

NBC Sports Network’s College Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):


Saturday, Dec. 31 #12 Boston University at #4 Notre Dame 7:00 p.m. (VERSUS)

Jan. 6 Dartmouth at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 #14 Minnesota-Duluth at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20 #3 Michigan at #4 Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 #9 Yale at Harvard 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 Cornell at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 #1 Boston College at Vermont 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 #5 Minnesota at #8 Denver 10:00 p.m.

Feb. 17 Dartmouth at #9 Yale 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 #12 Boston University at Vermont 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24 #15 North Dakota at #8 Denver 10:00 p.m.

March 2 #8 Denver at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament

March 9 Quarterfinals 7:30 p.m.

March 16 Semifinals 5:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.

March 17 Finals 8:00 p.m.

All rankings based off USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine 2011-12 Men’s College Hockey Poll #5 (October 31, 2011).

Meaningless Wednesday Power Rankings: The Mike Keenan Interruption

Everyone hates power rankings. So why shouldn’t Puck the Media have them too? Seriously though, this is a chance for me to make jokes about various hockey and non-hockey issues from the past week. Enter at your own peril.

30. Columbus

29. Boston

I don’t think VERSUS gets enough credit for trying something new with the whole “studio desk” thing on NHL Live. Host Liam McHugh and analysts such as Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire get to be like coaches standing in front of the chalkboard, able to dissect plays on that funky big screen TV inside the desk. It’s a nice new change to what you typically see from these kinds of shows.

28. NY Islanders

27. Winnipeg

My favorite Halloween candy isn’t something that really counts, but have sort of been relegated to Halloween-only: Tootsie Roll pops. Particularly cherry Tootsie Roll pops. I don’t care about candy corn or anything else (but for the record, pumpkin candy > candy corn) just give me a bunch of those and I’m quite content to not steal from my brothers’ candy bags.

26. New Jersey

25. Calgary

TV! I went to Conan O’Brien’s taping in New York City at the lovely Beacon Theater on Monday. It was fantastic. In my opinion, Conan should have never left New York. He’s perfect for the city. He’s so odd, yet New York is a place where everyone is odd, so he fits in perfectly. He just sticks out like a sore thumb in Los Angeles … Misfits is a British series about criminal teenagers who have superpowers. It is one of the funniest shows ever, and if you haven’t found it yet, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. A definite recommend if you’ve become bored with action-comedy.

24. Montreal

23. St. Louis

Mike Milbury noted that the Ducks play during last night’s Anaheim-Washington game “doesn’t matter if [Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller] sucks.” Here’s the thing – when Mike Milbury isn’t talking about fighting and visors, he’s often the most honest analyst in the room, unafraid to say what he feels. Maybe calling out players dogging it like that is worth the crazy he dispenses every Saturday.

22. Detroit

I’m so sick of hearing Detroit fans and executives express this whole notion that the Red Wings are entitled to get put in the Eastern Conference. First of all, the whole travel excuse is mute in a world where these players are flying fairly luxuriously across the continent. Secondly, Columbus absolutely needs to be in the Eastern Conference more. They’ll start a natural, regional rivalry with the Penguins, it’ll get Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa (all close enough for a trip to Ohio) into the building three times a week, and they’re a new club, they could use fewer games that start after 9 p.m. more than Detroit, who tops the local ratings anyway. Besides, with the realignment CBC shed light on Saturday, no matter what conference you’re in, you’ll likely be taking the same number of trips out to the west coast. The Detroit entitlement needs to end. They’ve won four Stanley Cups since 1996, so the travel’s not exactly killing them.

21. Carolina

20. Anaheim

During the intermission of the Caps/Ducks game on Tuesday, Pierre McGuire said that, to rectify their woes, the Capitals need to “manage the puck. I know it’s just a bunch of words, but it’s important.” This is essentially the NHL version of the Blades of Glory line “no one knows what it means, but it’s provocative!”

19. Vancouver

How has no one done an “Occupy Roberto Luongo” sign at Rogers Arena? Something to go with his save percentage. “We are the 86.9%”. If you guys could rip off green man, you could certainly take that joke and run with it.

18. Minnesota

17. NY Rangers

New York is a very interesting city to be in on Halloween, but if you’re wearing a Rangers jersey – or any team jersey – for the day and claiming to be an athlete, you are absolutely cheating. If it is something that you would wear on a normal day, it does not count, and you should not get candy. I say this as someone who did this twice in a row during high school. Learn from my mistakes! For the record, past Lepore costumes have included George W. Bush, Howard Stern, cowboy, skeleton … eh, I don’t really do the Halloween thing. It just seems like a completely pointless holiday, since you don’t even have to really try that hard to get candy.

16. Nashville

15. Tampa Bay

14. Phoenix

BIASED DEVILS FAN MOMENT: During Thursday night’s Phoenix win over New Jersey, the first goal was scored on a clear kicking motion by Patrick O’Sullivan. Like, it was obvious via all camera angles shown that O’Sullivan had no choice but to kick the puck into the net. However, the goal still counted because it deflected slightly off a New Jersey player. Is it just me, or is that completely unfair and stupid? I mean, is the NHL rulebook essentially saying that I can kick the puck from anywhere I want from the ice, and as long as it grazes Bryce Salvador, it’s a good goal? In the very least, it should have to go off of your teammate’s stick, so it can appear as if it was just a regular deflection. I’m sure I’m just looking at it from Devils-colored glasses, but … it still seems completely unjust.

13. San Jose

12. Buffalo

MUSIC! Hey, do you like those hip hop songs Chris Martin awkwardly sings the chorus to? Well, if you’ve ever thought “I’d love to hear that for 45 minutes,” the new Coldplay album is for you! … I don’t even hate Coldplay, but I really hate how FOX baseball host Chris Rose ended Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. He closed the broadcast by saying “Appropriately, we leave you with Coldplay.” Explain to me, Mr. Rose, on what planet does the mopiest, falsetto-iest British rock band on earth serve as the apropos end to a baseball game?

11. Florida

10. Philadelphia

Has anyone noticed how often Mike Keenan interrupts people when he’s on the air? He made his season debut on NHL Overtime Monday night, and during the first segment alone I counted seven instances in which the Stanley Cup-winning bench boss broke in while host Bill Patrick or fellow analyst Chris Therien was saying something, and it didn’t even sound like they were wrapping up a couple of times. Someone has to have to have talked to him about this, right? I know Keenan seems like an intimidating guy, but you can tell the man to let up when somebody’s trying to finish up a point.

9. Ottawa

8. Colorado

Nobody Cares About Your Fantasy Team – Handsome B. Wonderful continued their dominance of the Kearny Elitserien last week, winning 9-1 on the strength of goaltending by Marc-Andre Fleury and Johan Hedberg in the absence of James Reimer. The club stands at 23-4-3 with 49 points, in first place in both Division II and the league, with an 11-point lead on the next closest competitor.

7. Los Angeles

6. Washington

Keith Jones was a solid addition to the “Inside the Glass” position on Tuesday night. Jones, who serves as a studio analyst for VERSUS and a color analyst for CSN Philadelphia, did a solid job chronicling how Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau sat Alexander Ovechkin late in the game, instead going with Nicklas Backstrom and some of the grinders on the club to tie the game late in the third against Anaheim. Jones, Brian Engblom and Pierre McGuire all do a pretty solid job in the position, but it’s always fun to see a new face in a new spot.

5. Toronto

4. Edmonton

One assumes that at least one of Toronto, Edmonton and Chicago won’t continue their excellent early season play, and one would have to bet that club is Edmonton. There’s no way Khabibulin continues playing this well, and their defense just doesn’t have the depth to make the post-season. That doesn’t mean they won’t be must-see TV on GameCenter every night, because the offensive talent is there already with Nugent-Hall, Hopkins and Eberle. You just get a sense, however, that these guys will hit a wall.

3. Dallas

2. Chicago

1. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s probably the only Eastern team with much beef as far as realignment goes, because they’d lose games against the Caps, Flyers, Rangers and other rivals. But hey, it’s not like they haven’t been in the same division with Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa before, as they were before realignment in 1998. The point of all this talk is that rivalries evolve with time, and all 30 teams will find and reignite rivalries both new and old, especially if the league returns to divisional playoffs, which is something that never should have left. The NHL’s playoffs should be as unique as they are intense. They already present an alternative to the NBA and MLB with the 2-2-1-1-1 series format, this would just make the Stanley Cup Playoffs even more exciting.