Hockey fans lost the Winter Classic and the All-Star game this year but while we will have to go a year without those two events we still held on to Hockey Day in America. People discount hockey as a sport that doesn’t matter but to millions of American’s hockey is more than just a niche sport, it’s a way of life. From Boston to Minnesota, Chicago all the way down to Phoenix and Los Angeles, hockey may be better associated with Canada but it’s very much in the bloodline of America.
So the NHL celebrates this American love of hockey by setting aside one day a year to showcase it’s sport to the people who love it. This year we get a triple-header on the NBC family of network starting with daylong coverage live from Trump Rink in New York City beginning at 12:00pm EST. Two games will be nationally televised on NBC while the third game will switch over to NBC Sports Network where the coverage will continue into the late night hours.
This is the first year the NBC will be able to devote an entire day to the NHL unlike ever before. The NHL has never had an entire day of coverage on major cable as the network is devoting around 12 hours of coverage to the sport, something that is continuing to rehabilitate a sport that is itching to catch on in American households once again.
Hockey Day In America Schedule
All times Eastern
12:00pm – NBC Studio Coverage begins (Live from Trump Rink in NYC)
12:30pm – Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (NBC)
Announcers: Gord Miller, Joe Michelett
3:30pm - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings (NBC)
Announcers: Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
6:00pm - New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals (NBCSN)
Announcers: Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
The first two games of the day can be streamed for free on NBC Sports via NHL Extra.