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NHL Network carries full free agent coverage

Wednesday, 07.1.2009 / 9:23 AM ET / News
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NHL Network in the U.S. will have six hours of live coverage to celebrate the opening of the NHL's free agency period at Noon ET on July 1.  The hockey experts from NHL Live! will get things started with two hours of news, analysis, interviews and viewer phone calls beginning at Noon ET.  Next, NHL Network for U.S. viewers is presenting a live airing of TSN’s third annual NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.  Hosted by James Duthie, the show features TSN's team of reporters and correspondents providing news of the day's transactions.

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will be at the ‘News Breakers' desk to bring viewers the most up-to-date information on NHL signings. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster on the Instant Analysis panel while Gino Reda will deliver an in-depth look at all of the Free Agents in play. Duthie will also conduct live interviews with players, coaches and GMs from around the League, providing viewers with comprehensive access to instant reaction from the deal-makers and players involved.  Dave Hodge is joined in-studio by a panel including Michael Farber, Dave Naylor and Chris Stevenson with additional opinions and analysis.  NHL Network will be the only place on television for U.S. NHL fans to keep updated on all of the transactions of the day.

Fourth of July programming

In celebration of Independence Day in the U.S., NHL Network is presenting 12 hours of programming dedicated to hockey in the United States.  The special programming block begins at Noon ET, and consists of all three games of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey USA vs. Canada final series; the 2008 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter; the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game and more.  The schedule for U.S. viewers on Saturday, July 4 is:

Noon ET 1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 1
2pm ET 1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 2
4pm ET 1996 World Cup of Hockey - USA vs. Canada, Game 3
6pm ET 2008 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
7:30pm ET The Hodge Stove League: Ron Wilson
8pm ET 2008 Lester Patrick Awards Ceremony
9:30pm ET The Hodge Stove League: Brian Burke
10pm ET 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game - USA vs. Canada