For the first time, NHL Network will produce a live season-long regular-season NHL game package using its own on-air talent roster and production facilities.
The NHL Network Showcase presented by SAP, which will be available in the United States and internationally as the NHL European Game of the Week presented by SAP, will feature 16 regular-season weekend afternoon games. The first matchup features the New York Rangers at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, February 6, at 2p.m. ET, called by NHL Network’s Stephen Nelson (play-by-play) and Mike Rupp (analyst). The NHL Network Showcase schedule, featuring 19 different teams and matchups within every division, is available here. In addition to Nelson and Rupp, NHL Network’s Brian Lawton, Dave Reid and Kevin Weekes, among others, will be part of a group of NHL Network on-air personalities who will call games this season. All 16 game telecasts will be produced in collaboration with NHL International from NHL Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J., including NHL Tonight intermission reports.
“Launching NHL Network Showcase is a significant step as it perfectly aligns with our continuous goal of creating new, different and appealing content for the hockey community,” said NHL Network Sr. Coordinating Producer Josh Bernstein. “As the intensity continues to pick up throughout the NHL, we’re excited to produce high-quality national game telecasts featuring great matchups on a regular basis.”
Other NHL Network Showcase matchups featured this month include the Carolina Hurricanes against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, February 7, at 3p.m. ET and the Devils hosting the Washington Capitals on Saturday, February 27, at 1p.m. ET. Every NHL Network Showcase game, which is subject to change, will be available in the U.S. except in the home markets of the two teams featured. In addition to its robust live game schedule, NHL Network continues to cover the latest NHL action with studio programs NHL Now™ (4p.m. ET), NHL Tonight™ (6p.m. ET) and On The Fly, which airs immediately following the night’s game action.
NHL Network most recently served as the exclusive U.S. television home of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which saw Team USA win the Gold Medal. NHL Network produced every Team USA game, with Stephen Nelson handling the play-by-play. In 2021, NHL Network is also scheduled to air the IIHF Women’s World Championship, IIHF Men’s U-18 World Championship and IIHF Men’s World Championship.