NBC Sports Group will anchor nine hours of coverage on NBC and the NBC Sports Network this Sunday. NBC will provide regional coverage of three games at Noon ET, followed by the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins visiting the Minnesota Wild at 3 pm ET as part of Hockey Day in America Presented by McDonald's. At 6 pm, NBC Sports Network will then televise the New Jersey Devils game at Montreal.
NHL Social Media:
The NHL's social media platforms will be getting into the spirit and engaging fans throughout the weekend with U.S. hockey-related content. Fans are encouraged to follow @NHL and @USAHockey on Twitter for giveaways and use the hashtag #HWAA and #HockeyMeans to join the conversation. Those who "Like" the NHL® and USA Hockey's Facebook pages will be provided event-related updates throughout Hockey Weekend Across America.
On Friday, Feb. 17, fans are asked to visit the NHL's Facebook page and USA Hockey's page to submit photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues donning their favorite hockey jersey as part of "Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey" day. On Sunday, Feb. 19, @NHL will invite fans to tweet what hockey means to them and upload photos on Instagram using the #HockeyMeans hashtag. Prizes will be awarded randomly to those who participate. In honor of "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, USA Hockey is asking fans to post stories, photos or videos of their hockey heroes to its Facebook wall to share with the world.
One of the guests on this week's edition of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman will be USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean. Ogrean will join the Commissioner in a discussion about the state of hockey in the United States. The show, which encourages fans to call in with questions, airs Thursdays on NHL Network™, NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio from 6–7 pm ET. To submit questions to NHL Hour call 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696).
Also part of the U.S. hockey programming, Making of a Royal Presented by McDonalds, which will air Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 pm and 5:30 pm ET and Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon, provides an unprecedented look behind the scenes at the Long Island Royals - an Under-16 AAA hockey team that happens to be coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine. Episodes airing over the weekend will be narrated by actor/comedian/writer/director and passionate hockey fan, Dennis Leary.
On Sunday at 1 pm, NHL Network will re-air the special tribute to the life and career of the NHL's highest-scoring American-born player titled "Mike Modano: American Icon." It tells the story of Modano's emergence as the face of a franchise and chronicles his evolution as a player -- from childhood in Michigan through becoming the first overall draft pick in 1988 by Minnesota to the Stars' relocation in 1993 through his final game in a Dallas Stars uniform in 2010.
In addition, NHL Network shows NHL On the Fly™ and NHL Tonight™ also will have special guests throughout the weekend to share their stories and give their thoughts on hockey in the United States.