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NHLPA'S "BE A PLAYER" TO DROP THE PUCK ON SECOND SEASON
Published January 5, 1996
"Be A Player! The Hockey Show" will kick off its second season when it premieres on ESPN2 on January 6. The 13 episodes of the 30-minute NHLPA-produced program will be hosted by Paul Romanuk of The Sports Network and co-hosted by former NHL player Craig Simpson. The show will air four times weekly on TSN and twice weekly on ESPN2. Electronic Arts and Upper Deck are title sponsors for the show, with Starter and Playoff Corp. as segment sponsors. Exec Producer Michael Merhab said it will "continue to feature the players in a relaxed atmosphere" along with new segments to "appeal to hockey fans of all ages." A new interactive element to the trivia segment allows viewers to respond through the Net at the NHLPA Web site, with the winner receiving a EA Video game and a Grand Prize of a game worn autographed NHLPA authentic jersey (NHLPA). In Toronto, Rob Longley writes the union-sponsored show "promises to be upbeat as well as informative." Merhab said he wanted the show to "be a lot like the game itself and have a lot of younger people watching the show" (TORONTO SUN, 1/5).