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Wednesday, February 15, 2012  

Additional Details Surrounding Hockey Weekend Across America

Event Feb. 17-19 to Celebrate, Promote Hockey Across the Nation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – More highlights of the fifth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, are included in this release. If you missed the initial release on Sunday, click here. The three-day celebration of the sport of hockey will take place Friday-Sunday (Feb. 17-19) nationwide.


Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America has a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by ShopUSAHockey.com on Friday; Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL on Saturday and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports on Sunday.

On Friday, Feb. 17, fans are encouraged to visit USA Hockey's Facebook 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 Saturday, Feb. 18, more than 200 rinks across the nation will host Try Hockey for Free Clinics, exposing more than 4,000 young kids to hockey for the very first time. A list of currently scheduled clinics as well as information on how local associations or rinks can host their own event can be found here.

In honor of "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, Feb. 19, USA Hockey is asking fans to post stories, photos or videos of their hockey heroes to its Facebook wall to share with the world. Local associations and/or fans will be honoring their local hockey heroes in various ways throughout the day.

Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, will be on NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday (Feb. 16) on NHL Network U.S., NHL.com and on Sirius XM Radio at 6 p.m. EST. Fans can submit questions during the program by calling 1-877-NHL-ON-XM (1-877-645-6696).

Ogrean will also be the featured guest during the second intermission of the Colorado College vs. University of Nebraska Omaha game aired live by CBS Sports Network on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. EST. Matt McConnell and Dave Starman will call the action from the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In addition, several college hockey games will be televised over the course of Hockey Weekend Across America. For a full listing, see below.

For the second straight year, NBC Sports will explore hockey's influence and impact in America with its Hockey Day in America coverage throughout the afternoon on Sunday. Along with three regional NHL games at noon EST, and the national game of the week (Boston Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild), NBC Sports will highlight USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and the success it has experienced since its inception in 1996.

The studio set for NBC's coverage will be located at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate outdoor rink in St. Paul, Minn. Young skaters from Minnesota will take to the rink throughout the day to showcase USA Hockey's American Development Model. In addition, a giant Team USA jersey, spanning 20 feet by 20 feet, will be on hand for fans to sign in support of the U.S. Women's National Team which will host the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt., from April 7-14. Amanda Kessel, a member of the U.S. Women's National Team, will be on hand to sign autographs near the giant jersey.

NHL Network U.S. will air special programming during Hockey Weekend Across America. A detailed NHL Network U.S. schedule can be found here.

HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com is the information hub for the event, with highlights of activities planned in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America from around the country, giveaway contests and downloadable promotional materials available. Associations or fans celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America are encouraged to submit their event plans to USA Hockey at the site.

USA Hockey and Reebok Hockey are teaming up to provide free head-to-toe equipment packages to three lucky winners with the Hockey Weekend Across America "Get Your Gear On Sweepstakes." For official rules and to enter, click here.

Throughout the weekend, fans are encouraged to upload photos of their experiences to Reebok Hockey’s Facebook page as part of Reebok’s “Faces of Hockey Weekend Across America” promotion. Select photos will be featured in an upcoming edition of USA Hockey Magazine, the world’s most widely distributed hockey magazine.

NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... Follow @USAHockey on Twitter for giveaways throughout the weekend and use the hashtag #HWAA to join the conversation ... "Like" USA Hockey's Facebook page for special news throughout Hockey Weekend Across America.

Televised College Hockey Schedule During Hockey Weekend Across America

Date Game Network

Time (EST)

Fri., Feb. 17 Dartmouth at Yale NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Notre Dame at Miami CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Northern Michigan at Michigan FSN Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Denver at Wisconsin FSN Wisconsin 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Bemidji State at Minnesota FSN North 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Michigan Tech at North Dakota Fox College Sports 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 17 Nebraska Omaha at Colorado College CBS Sports Network 9:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 UMass Lowell at Boston University NESN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 Bemidji State at Minnesota FSN North 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 Denver at Wisconsin FSN Wisconsin 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 Michigan Tech at North Dakota Fox College Sports 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 Northern Michigan at Michigan FSN Detroit 5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 Alaska at Michigan State FSN Detroit 8 p.m.


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