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Date of Release: Dec 30, 2008 
Type of Release: Corporate Comm. 
Category: NHL Enterprises 

NHL Network Blows Into The Windy City For The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2009 At Wrigley Field
Contact Information: Kerry McGovern, 212-789-2172, kmcgovern@nhl.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / DECEMBER 30, 2008
 
NHL NETWORK BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY
FOR THE BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC 2009
AT WRIGLEY FIELD
  
NEW YORK (December 30, 2008) – NHL Network has the bases covered with more than eight hours of exclusive live pre- and post-game coverage of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago beginning Wednesday, Dec. 31. NHL Network’s Brian Duff, Gary Green, Larry Murphy and Rob Simpson will be on-site with features and analysis to get viewers ready for the big game as the hometown Blackhawks take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on New Year’s Day, January 1.
 
On Wednesday, Dec. 31, NHL Network has live coverage of both the Red Wings’ and the Blackhawks’ practices as they prepare for this season’s only outdoor NHL game. Features will include player interviews, news conferences and weather reports from Wrigley Field. 
 
Coverage continues on gameday, January 1, with live pre- and post-game coverage on NHL Network. The pre-game show features interviews and analysis with a focus on how the players prepare for an outdoor game and how the weather will impact ice conditions throughout the game.
 
Following the game, NHL Network will have highlights and analysis of all of the best goals, saves and hits from the game. The panel also will break down the game including how the teams adjusted to the conditions from the opening faceoff to the final horn.
 
NHL Network’s live Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2009 broadcast schedule:
Wednesday, Dec. 31
·         Practice Coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET
 
Thursday, Jan. 1
·         Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. ET
·         Post-Game Show at 4:30 p.m. ET
 
About NHL Network
As the definitive hockey destination, NHL Network offers viewers a 24-hour all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games featuring stars such as Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. The network’s daily signature show – NHL On The Fly – offers fans exclusive live look-ins to each NHL game, including every goal from every game, complete shootouts, extended highlights, stellar saves, features, interviews, pre- and post-game reports, team press conferences, expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players, plus special event coverage from the NHL All-Star Game, NHL Stanley Cup Final and NHL Entry Draft. Additional NHL Network programming includes live NCAA hockey, action from the American Hockey League and ECHL, as well as international and amateur hockey, player profiles, interview shows and youth-oriented programs. NHL Network is available in the United States and Canada by contacting digital cable or satellite providers. The network’s website is located at www.nhlnetwork.com.
 
NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and NHL Network name and logo and the word mark Stanley Cup are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
 
For More Information:
Kerry McGovern
kmcgovern@nhl.com / 212-789-2172
 
### (12/30/08)

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