CBC Will Be All Over the All-Star Weekend

The biggest stars in hockey are coming this weekend to CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, home to the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ont. Features during the game include a special edition of Coach’s Corner with the legendary Don Cherry and Ron MacLean during the first intermission, and a live performance from Grammy-nominated Canadian superstar artist Drake during the second intermission.

Coverage begins Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. ET, with HNIC Game Day, hosted by PJ Stock and Andi Petrillo, followed at 6:30 p.m. ET by the pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight. The stars then hit the ice at 7 p.m. ET for the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition, with host Ron MacLean alongside Kelly Hrudey. Jim Hughson calls the action and Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman bring reports and interviews from ice level. The NHL’s top talents showcase their skills in six events, including the NHL Fastest Skater, NHL Breakaway Challenge, NHL Accuracy Shootout, NHL Skills Challenge Relay, NHL Hardest Shot and NHL Elimination Shootout.

Then on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. ET, the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game takes centre stage on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA with host Ron Maclean setting the stage for the marquee matchup. Jim Hughson will once again provide play-by-play with analysis from Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy at ice level. Rink side reporters Scott Oake and Elliotte Freidman bring viewers into the game with stories and interviews from your favourite NHL Stars.

During both the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game and Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition players will be wired for sound, allowing fans a first person insight into all the action as it occurs.

The weekend’s NHL festivities will also be streamed live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca, your online destination for exclusive blogs, content and live chats using the #NHLAllStar hashtag, photos, and Twitter-based polls. There will also be a dedicated page for the Skills Competition, including drills, official rules and competitors, and complete coverage of all the events surrounding the All-Star Game Weekend.

For the first time ever, fans attending the NHL All-Star weekend festivities will be able to enjoy the CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA experience at Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair from the Ottawa Convention Centre, beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. ET. Adults and children of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the stars of CBC and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, take pictures on the set, make the call on some of hockey’s most legendary plays, win prizes and much, much more. Photos and videos collected at the booth will be added to the live blog on CBCSports.ca NHL All-Star site and social networks.

Here’s Where and When the AHL All-Star Game Will Air in Each NHL Market

(NOTE: LIVE means that the Skills Competition will air Sunday at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. ET, and the game will air on Monday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Anaheim/Los Angeles
Time Warner Cable SoCal 101
Skills –  LIVE
Game – Monday, 8 p.m. PT (4-hour delay)

CSN New England
Skills & Game – LIVE

Time Warner Cable SportsNet
Skills & Game – LIVE

Comcast Sports Southeast
Game – Live

CSN Chicago
Skills – Monday, 1:30 p.m. CT
Game – Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. CT

Skills & Game – LIVE

FS Ohio
Skills – LIVE

FS Southwest Plus
Game – LIVE

FS Detroit
Skills & Game – LIVE

Florida/Tampa Bay
Sun Sports
Skills – Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. ET
Game – Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET

New Jersey/New York
MSG Plus
Skills – Monday, 3:00 p.m. ET
Game – LIVE

The Comcast Network
Skills & Game – LIVE

FS Arizona
Game –
Monday, 10:30 p.m. MT (5 1/2 hour delay)

ROOT Sports Pittsburgh
Skills – Monday, 5:00 p.m. ET
Game – LIVE

San Jose
CSN California
Skills – Monday, 2:00 p.m. PT
Game – LIVE

St. Louis
FS Midwest
Skills & Game – LIVE

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Skills & Game – LIVE

NHL Network will air the Skills & Game back-to-back from 1-5 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Spotsnet will air the game live in Canada. ESPN America will air the game live and the skills on delay in Europe. The entire AHL All-Star TV network is available here. If anyone can identify a network that would air the game in Minnesota, I’d appreciate it.

Last Week’s NBC Sports Net Numbers Led By Sabres-Blackhawks

Monday, January 16
Dallas vs. St. Louis – 238,000 viewers

Tuesday, January 17
Nashville vs. NY Rangers – 224,000 viewers

Wednesday, January 18
Buffalo vs. Chicago – 466,000 viewers 

Viewer Numbers to Date for the NHL on NBC Sports Network, 2011-12 Season

October 6
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

October 17
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 14
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 21
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

November 28
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota – 232,000

November 29
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers – 394,000

November 30
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit – 393,000

December 5
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

December 6
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

December 7
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

January 2
San Jose vs. Vancouver – 267,000

January 3
Detroit vs. Dallas – 188,000

January 4
Boston vs. New Jersey – 435,000

January 8
Detroit vs. Chicago – 587,000 

January 10
San Jose vs. Minnesota – 237,000 

January 11
Pittsburgh vs. Washington – 526,000

January 15
NY Rangers vs. Montreal – 202,000

January 16
Dallas vs. St. Louis – 238,000

January 17
Nashville vs. NY Rangers – 224,000

January 18
7:30 Buffalo vs. Chicago – 466,000 

(Source: John Ourand)