Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sunday is the second annual Hockey Day in America on NBC, part of USA Hockey's fifth annual Hockey Weekend in America.
Hockey Weekend in America began with "Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day" and continued Saturday with "Try Hockey Day" with Sunday being themed "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day".
NBC's coverage will begin at noon Eastern time Sunday with a series of regional games, Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings or St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks, followed by the national broadcast of the Boston Bruins visiting the Minnesota Wild, a game we at Third String Goalie will be in attendance for living up to our name by wearing a jersey while in the stands. If you can "Spot the Third String Goalie" in our 1960 gold medal winning USA Olympic Team jersey, we'll have a Third String Goalie hockey card for you!
Look for us on Sunday wearing a 1960 gold medal winning USA Olympic Team jersey...
...and receive a Third String Goalie hockey card!
Coverage then shifts to the NBC Sports Network for the New Jersey Devils at the Montreal Canadiens followed by NHL Live and NHL Overtime to wrap up nine hours of coverage.
Other stories to be covered as part of Hockey Day in America are a game between Roseau High School and Warroad High School from northern Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Lightning's Sled Hockey program and a look at USA Hockey's National Development Program, which runs the country's Under 18 and Under 20 junior programs.
There will also be a live event from the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink in downtown St. Paul starting at 10 AM, a block from the XCel Energy Center.
The picturesque Wells Fargo WinterSkate in downtown St. Paul,
home for NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage
Liam McHugh, Ed Olczyk, Mike Milbury and his close personal friend Pierre McGuire will broadcast from the WinterSkate during NBC's coverage, which will feature at times demonstrations of USA Hockey's Advance Development Model, the NBC Pre-Game Show, a Mascot Autograph session, live look-in's between periods of the early regional games, a local radio broadcast by KFAN, a Minnesota North Stars alumni autograph session, including 1980 USA Olympic gold medal winner Neal Broten, and a North Stars Alumni vs. Media All-Stars game prior to the Wild taking on the Bruins at 2:30.
It should be a great day for hockey fans, either watching on TV or for those of you able to take in a live event in your area, particularly if you are located in the Twin Cities and have the opportunity to come to downtown St. Paul where the Wild will host Hockey Day in America and the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins.