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September 28, 2017 – With the 2017 – 2018 NHL season beginning in six days, NHL Network today announced the return of its weekday studio programming lineup for the regular season, as well as its ten-game schedule for October, three new season preview and NHL Network Countdown programs, and the NHL Network premiere of The Mighty Ducks on Monday, October 2.

New NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose will join hosts Jamison Coyle and Tony Luftman, and analysts Mike Johnson and Kevin Weekes for three season preview programs, beginning with NHL Tonight: Western Conference Preview this Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. ET. NHL Tonight: Eastern Conference Preview will debut on Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and NHL Tonight: 2017 – 2018 Predictions will debut on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Beginning on Opening Night, October 4, new NHL Network host and reporter Jackie Redmond will join E.J. Hradek as co-host on NHL Network’s NHL Now on weekdays at 4:00 p.m. ET. Throughout the season, Redmond and Hradek will be joined by a rotating group of NHL Network analysts, beginning with Mike Rupp. The fast-paced program will include interviews with players and team personnel, in-depth analysis from correspondents including Elliotte FriedmanChris Johnston and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, plus fantasy previews and signature show segments including “Light The Lamp.” Opening Night will also mark the regular season return of NHL Network’s flagship program NHL Tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET with game previews, look-ins of live games, highlights, and in-studio demonstrations by analysts Ken DaneykoBrian Lawton and Kevin Weekes. Following NHL TonightJamie Hersch will host NHL Network’s nightly highlights show On The Fly, recapping every game from across the leagueNew for this season, NHL Network’s daily studio programming will include interactive live commentary from on-air personalities stationed in NHL Network’s conference center known as the “Penalty Box,” where they prepare for the night’s studio shows and watch games in-progress. 

Timed to the 25-year anniversary of its release, NHL Network will celebrate #NHLMovieNight, with the premiere of The Mighty Ducks on Monday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Leading up to and immediately following the film, NHL Network will look back at how this iconic hockey film was created and the birth of the Anaheim Ducks organization in 1993. Included throughout are new interviews with former Walt Disney Company Chairman & CEO Michael Eisner and screenwriter Steven Brill, plus members of the original cast, including actor Matt Doherty, who played Lester Averman, and actor Vincent LaRusso, who played Adam Banks. A clip of Eisner and Doherty discussing the Ducks becoming an NHL franchise can be viewed here. Also featured are NHL stars Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Max Domi (Arizona Coyotes), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and T.J. Oshie (Washington Capitals), who each discuss the lasting legacy of the movie. Before and during the film’s airing, NHL Network, the NHL and its clubs will follow along and post about the movie on social media. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLMovieNight. 

Starting with a ten-game slate this October, NHL Network will feature live regular season games throughout the 2017 – 2018 season, beginning with the Vegas Golden Knights’ first-ever regular season game against the Dallas Stars on Friday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET, live from American Airlines Center. Sidney Crosby and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be featured twice on NHL Network this October, including a rematch of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET, live from PPG Paints Arena. NHL Network’s October game schedule is available here*. 

NHL Network will put famous goal scorers from Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky to 12-time All-Star Alex Ovechkin in the spotlight in three new countdown programs this October, beginning with NHL Network Countdown: Top Goal Scorers of the 1980’s, on Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET. NHL Network Countdown: Top Goal Scorers of the 1990’s will debut on Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET, and NHL Network Countdown: Top Goal Scorers of the 2000’s will premiere on Saturday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET. 

* Each 2017 NHL regular season game aired on NHL Network will be a carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers, and blacked out in each club’s home market unless otherwise noted.

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