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by Paul on 12/16/13 at 05:06 PM ET
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
NHL Network™ will begin its 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® live coverage on Dec. 18 with the Red Wings’ outdoor team practice at Comerica Park as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ in downtown Detroit. Exclusive live coverage will resume on Dec. 30 starting at 5:00 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen and EJ Hradek.
On New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, NHL Network’s four hours of live coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET with the Red Wings’ and Maple Leafs’ team practices at The Big House®, immediately following the live broadcast of the USA vs. Canada 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship game. Reporter Dave Strader will provide live updates from the Molson Hockey House inside the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ on both days.
On New Year’s Day, NHL Network’s game day live coverage will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET and continue through the 1:00 p.m. ET start of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. The live NHL Winter Classic Post-Game Show will air immediately following the game.
NHL Network’s live coverage will include the most up-to-date weather forecasts from The Weather Channel.
NHL Network’s talent team will feature hosts Hradek and Tappen; reporters Strader and Heidi Androl; and analysts Billy Jaffe, Mike Johnson, Paul Maurice, Barry Melrose, Greg Millen, Darren Pang and Kevin Weekes.
NHL.com, the ultimate online destination for hockey fans, will house its complete coverage of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on the microsite NHL.com/WinterClassic, including:
• A dedicated webcam at The Big House®, plus regular updates to time-lapse footage of outdoor rink construction;
• Full written, video and photo coverage of key moments of the rink build, from the truck arrival to the ice-making process to the painting of the logos and lines;
• Comprehensive coverage of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, including the 2013 Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown™ on New Year’s Eve;
• Features on Red Wings and Maple Leafs players;
• Recaps of the all-access reality series 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic;
• Full coverage of the Red Wings’ and Maple Leafs’ practices at The Big House®; and
• Video of all press conferences and events, including analysis, interviews, highlights and key moments.
Starting today through Jan. 5, NHL.com’s microsite, NHL.com/MyGoal, will accept fan #MyGoalNHL submissions of videos and photos.
While there’s no mystery in how hockey fans will spend their New Year’s Day, the NHL hopes to uncover hockey fans’ plans and goals for the new year. NHL Network has launched #MyGoalNHL, a digital marketing campaign inviting hockey fans to share their goals for their favorite hockey teams and players as well as themselves. Through Jan. 5, fans can post videos or photos on NHL.com (www.NHL.com/MyGoal) or via social platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #MyGoalNHL.
Fans who use the hashtag #MyGoalNHL or submit through NHL.com/MyGoal will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. For complete details and how to enter, please see official rules at nhl.com/mygoal.
Select #MyGoalNHL submissions also will be featured throughout NHL Network’s coverage of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Select #MyGoalNHL submissions also will be featured throughout NHL Network’s coverage of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
Fans who will be in Michigan are encouraged to visit NHL Network’s activation areas at the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ and the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza to record their #MyGoalNHL videos in person.
The NHL Social™ team will be on the ground for the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ and the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, including the Spectator Plaza fan festival, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage on Twitter, Vine, Facebook and Instagram. From an Instagram Countdown to field-level coverage of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Twitter, fans will receive instant updates of the historic outdoor game.
Fans can join the conversation by using the official 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic hashtag #WinterClassic. Follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (Instagram.com/NHL) for live, behind-the-scenes updates.
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