This weekend is NHL All Star Weekend 2012 in Ottawa. While I don’t really enjoy watching much of it (except for the Skills Competition), the Canadian sports networks are giving it their full attention. CBC, TSN and Sportsnet have all issued press releases detailing their coverage of All Star Weekend. CBC has the Skills Competition and the game itself, TSN has the All Star Draft and Media Day. Sportsnet doesn’t have coverage of any events, but is broadcasting live from the Rideau Canal and has a junior hockey game featuring the 67s on Friday.
Continue after the break for all three press releases.
First up, CBC:
The biggest stars in hockey are coming this weekend to CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, home to the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ont. Features during the game include a special edition of Coach’s Corner with the legendary Don Cherry and Ron MacLean during the first intermission, and a live performance from Grammy-nominated Canadian superstar artist Drake during the second intermission.
Coverage begins Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. ET, with HNIC Game Day, hosted by PJ Stock and Andi Petrillo, followed at 6:30 p.m. ET by the pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight. The stars then hit the ice at 7 p.m. ET for the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition, with host Ron MacLean alongside Kelly Hrudey. Jim Hughson calls the action and Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman bring reports and interviews from ice level. The NHL’s top talents showcase their skills in six events, including the NHL Fastest Skater, NHL Breakaway Challenge, NHL Accuracy Shootout, NHL Skills Challenge Relay, NHL Hardest Shot and NHL Elimination Shootout.
Then on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. ET, the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game takes centre stage on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA with host Ron Maclean setting the stage for the marquee matchup. Jim Hughson will once again provide play-by-play with analysis from Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy at ice level. Rink side reporters Scott Oake and Elliotte Freidman bring viewers into the game with stories and interviews from your favourite NHL Stars.
During both the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game and Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition players will be wired for sound, allowing fans a first person insight into all the action as it occurs.
The weekend’s NHL festivities will also be streamed live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca, your online destination for exclusive blogs, content and live chats using the #NHLAllStar hashtag, photos, and Twitter-based polls. There will also be a dedicated page for the Skills Competition, including drills, official rules and competitors, and complete coverage of all the events surrounding the All-Star Game Weekend.
For the first time ever, fans attending the NHL All-Star weekend festivities will be able to enjoy the CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA experience at Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair from the Ottawa Convention Centre, beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. ET. Adults and children of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the stars of CBC and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, take pictures on the set, make the call on some of hockey’s most legendary plays, win prizes and much, much more. Photos and videos collected at the booth will be added to the live blog on CBCSports.ca NHL All-Star site and social networks.
Hockey’s brightest stars are aligned this week on TSN, as Canada’s Sports Leader heads to Ottawa and delivers comprehensive coverage of NHL All-Star Weekend across all of its industry-leading platforms: TSN, TSN.ca, TSN Radio and TSN Mobile TV.
For the second year in a row, TSN kicks off coverage with its highly-anticipated live broadcast of the MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET, featuring the league’s top 38 All-Star players and 12 rookies being selected playground style to two squads by All-Star captains Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara for Saturday’s skill competition and Sunday’s ultimate game of pick-up hockey – the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Last year, TSN’s broadcast of the first-ever NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT delivered an average audience of 1.5 million viewers* and a Gemini Award win for James Duthie in the Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast category.
Along with airing on TSN, the MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT is available live on TSN Mobile TV and on NBC Sports Network in the U.S. Fans can also catch the 19-round DRAFT on-demand on TSN.ca.
Fans are then well-served with two hours of hockey talk on Friday, as TSN goes inside the NHL players’ media availability during the 2012 NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY special beginning at 4 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN Mobile TV.
Throughout the weekend, TSN continues to celebrate Canada’s favourite pastime on all of the network’s programs including Canada’s most-watched sports news program SPORTSCENTRE, OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG, THAT’S HOCKEY and TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE. TSN.ca keeps fans up-to-date on the all the latest news and notes from the nation’s capital with All-Star columns, blogs, live chats and more.
TSN’s Alyonka Larionov continues the conversation on TSN’s Fan Page on Facebook and on Twitter, taking fans behind-the-scenes at NHL All-Star Weekend with exclusive photos, videos and player interviews. Fans can join in by following Larionov and the rest of TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders on Twitter, and by tweeting using the hashtag #TSN and #AllStarDraft.
Below is an overview of NHL All-Star Weekend programming on TSN:
MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT – Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN Mobile TV
TSN’s James Duthie hosts the 19-round player draft from the Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, QC, as fans await the answers to two of the night’s most important questions: who will be the first player selected and who will be the last? Joining Duthie at the DRAFT is the NHL ON TSN panel with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analysts Marc Crawford and Aaron Ward. The trio will provide pre- and post-draft commentary.
The broadcast includes a feature on Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, along with select players wearing microphones during the draft and TSN’s Alyonka Larionov backstage in the players’ green room to give fans exclusive access inside the event. Among the 38 marquee NHLers up for grabs are Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla, Claude Giroux, Tim Thomas and Phil Kessel, who was the final pick in last year’s draft. Henrik Lundqvist joins Alfredsson on his team as an assistant captain, while Joffrey Lupul has assistant captain honours on Chara’s team.
2012 NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY – Friday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN and TSN Mobile TV
For the first time, TSN takes fans inside the NHL players’ media availability session at All-Star Weekend with the network’s 2012 NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY special live from the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. James Duthie hosts the two-hour original TSN production alongside a panel featuring Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun, plus analysts Marc Crawford, Aaron Ward and Pierre McGuire. The show includes player interviews, discussion and debate on all the hot-button issues surrounding the NHL, and social media monitoring by TSN’s Alyonka Larionov, who will have her finger on the pulse of what the players are saying online about the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.
TSN’s flagship sports news program is on site in Ottawa covering NHL All-Star Weekend from all angles. SPORTSCENTRE’s Brent Wallace, Ryan Rishaug and John Lu file stories from the nation’s capital beginning Thursday, while TSN’s roster of hockey experts and Insiders check in with All-Star news, notes and analysis of the big game. TSN’s Cabral Richards also gets in on the action on Friday with a CABBIE PRESENTS segment featuring Philadelphia Flyers forward and All-Star player Claude Giroux.
OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG
OFF THE RECORD touches down in Ottawa for two episodes on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27. Host Michael Landsberg is joined by an all-star roster of guests including Alyonka Larionov and The Sheepdogs on Thursday, as they tackle all the news coming out of NHL All-Star Weekend. OTR airs on Thursday in its regular timeslot at 5 p.m. ET and then moves to a special time on Friday at 7 p.m. ET to wrap up NHL All-Star Media Day.
Host Gino Reda is live from the nation’s capital on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27, bringing fans player interviews and all the latest news from NHL All-Star Weekend. Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joins Reda on Friday to look at which Canadian teams will be buying and selling come the NHL Trade Deadline on February 27. THAT’S HOCKEY airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on TSN.
TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE
Dave Hodge looks at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game and all other headline news from the world of sports with his esteemed panel of journalists including Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber, National Post’s Bruce Arthur and Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons. THE REPORTERS airs Sundays at 10 a.m. ET on TSN.
Along with having the MOLSON CANADIAN NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT and the 2012 NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY on-demand, Canada’s industry-leading sports website has live blogs during the DRAFT, skills competition and All-Star Game, plus news, notes, columns and analysis from TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders in Ottawa.
TSN Radio in Toronto (AM 1050), Montreal (AM 990) and Winnipeg (AM 1290), along with Bell Media sports radio stations Team 1040 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa, have end-to-end coverage of NHL All-Star Weekend featuring TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders.
TSN Radio 1050’s James Cybulski returns to his hometown to host his afternoon drive show, CYBULSKI & COMPANY, on Friday, Jan. 27 from the 2012 NHL ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY in Ottawa. Joining Cybulski on location is TSN Radio 1290’s afternoon drive show, HUSTLER & LAWLESS, as the show reports live from the nation’s capital throughout NHL All-Star Weekend. In addition, TSN Radio 1290 and TSN Radio 990 will have live coverage of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29.
As the game’s biggest stars assemble in Ottawa for 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, Sportsnet brings fans to the heart of the hockey celebrations with four days of comprehensive, multiplatform coverage from the nation’s capital beginning Thursday, Jan. 26.
HOCKEY CENTRAL, Canada’s premiere destination for NHL news, analysis and debate, headlines Sportsnet’s All-Star coverage and will be front and centre at the National Arts Centre on the Rideau Canal. From Jan. 26-29, hosts Daren Millard and Jeff Marek will be joined by analysts Nick Kypreos, Doug MacLean, Scott Morrison, Damien Cox, John Shannon and Denis Potvin, as well as reporter Christine Simpson. Hazel Mae also joins in the festivities, hosting Sportsnet Connected on Friday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. ET.
Following Hazel’s live broadcast from the Canal, Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey features the Ontario Hockey League’s top scorer Tyler Toffoli and the Ottawa 67’s hosting the Sarnia Sting on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT) on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
Below is a summary of Sportsnet’s complete NHL All-Star Weekend coverage:
Thursday, Jan. 26
Sportsnet Connected: 6 p.m. local on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Pre- and post-draft analysis from the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft with Kypreos, Morrison, Shannon, Potvin, Cox and Marek.
HOCKEY CENTRAL TONIGHT: 11 p.m. local on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and ONE
Kypreos, Morrison, Shannon, Potvin and Millard provide a full 30-minute recap of the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft while reporters Ian Mendes, Christine Simpson and Louis Jean bring all the player reaction.
Friday, Jan. 27
HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon: 12 noon ET on Sportsnet East and Ontario, and Sportsnet 590 The FAN
Kypreos, MacLean, Potvin and Millard live at the Rideau Canal.
Sportsnet Connected: 6 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East and Ontario
Live from the Rideau Canal, Sportsnet Connected host Hazel Mae and the HOCKEY CENTRAL crew will be joined by an exciting lineup of NHL All-Star players.
Friday Night Hockey: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino, and host Rob Faulds will be live at the J. Benson Cartage Centre for hard-hitting OHL action featuring Sarnia versus Ottawa. HOCKEY CENTRAL host Jeff Marek, along with analysts Damien Cox and Hockey Hall of Famer and former 67’s defenseman Denis Potvin, preview Friday’s game from the Canal. Another Hockey Hall of Fame legend, Brian Kilrea – former Coach and GM of the 67’s –makes a special guest appearance as part of the Friday Night Hockey broadcast.
Saturday, Jan. 28
HOCKEY CENTRAL SATURDAY: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
The one-hour edition features HOCKEY CENTRAL previewing the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Additionally, the panel debates the state of the game and examines teams at the All-Star break as they venture into the second half of the season. Trade speculation ahead of the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Day will also be featured.
Sportsnet Connected: 11 p.m. ET on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
HOCKEY CENTRAL files reports from Kypreos, MacLean, Cox and Millard as they discuss all the highlights from the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Sportsnet Connected: 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
The HOCKEY CENTRAL panel provides complete highlights from the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.
Jan. 26-29 Multiplatform Coverage:
Throughout NHL All-Star Weekend, sportsnet.ca NHL editor Luke Fox keeps fans up-to-date on all the action with recaps and breaking news. Plus, in advance of the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft, sportsnet.ca offers fans the opportunity to captain their own team for the fantasy draft and select the players they want for their line-up. The website will reveal the viewer-selected teams on Thursday, Jan. 26 before the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft begins. Fans can go to the following link at: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2012_nhl_all_star_fantasy_draft/.
Also on sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek and Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski from Yahoo! Sports go toe-to-toe in Ottawa for a special All-Star edition of the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27, live at 2 p.m. ET. The podcasts will also be available for download on iTunes.
Here is a photo of Sportsnet’s set on the Rideau Canal, which should look spectacular.