The National Hockey League returns to NBC this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview special NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview. NBC's lead NHL broadcast team, Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter), joined by studio host Bill Clement, analyze the upcoming season focusing on key storylines and the new rule changes, designed to increase the speed and flow of the game.
Segments in NHL Fresh Ice: 2005-06 Season Preview, include:
* JD visits Mario Lemieux and rookie sensation Sidney Crosby at the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp to examine Crosby's adjustment to the NHL after a storied junior hockey career.
* Clement visits Philadelphia Flyers camp as netminder Robert Esche experiments with NBC's "goalie cam," a tiny camera embedded in goaltenders' masks, which will be unveiled exclusively on NBC in January.
* Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky previews his first year as an NHL coach with the Phoenix Coyotes.
* A look at the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and what it will take for them to repeat.
* McGuire visits "Hockeytown" with Detroit Red Wings star forward Brendan Shanahan.