The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 1/17/2014
January 17, 2014 09:26 AM
• THE NUMBERS
12 hours: That’s the length of time between the end of the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium next Saturday (Jan. 25) and the start of the Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium the following afternoon — yet Jeremy Roenick will be at both. The former NHL star will serve as an NBC Sports Network analyst for the Stadium Series game in Los Angeles and then will board a flight immediately after to work the game in the Bronx for NBC. The telecast from Dodger Stadium is expected to end at 12:30 a.m. ET; NBC’s pregame show from New York begins at 12:30 p.m. ET.
50 schools: That’s how many Southern California institutions were the beneficiaries of donations of street hockey equipment by the NHL, the Kings and Ducks, and NHL corporate partners earlier this week. The donation was made as part of the NHL’s Legacy Initiative, through which the league supports community organizations in the host city of an NHL event — in this case, the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium.
1,000 regular-season games: The Columbus Blue Jackets will reach that milestone when they host the Flyers on Thursday. As part of the celebration, all fans will receive a commemorative ticket. There also will be giveaways, including 1,000 pizzas from team sponsor Papa John’s. The Blue Jackets played their first game on Oct. 7, 2000, but reaching 1,000 took longer than hoped. The franchise has had the misfortune of having its game schedule halted by a pair of long lockouts. (Fellow 2000 expansion club Minnesota played its 1,000th game last night.)
1 million viewers: That was the mark hit by the Montreal Canadiens for the latest episode of the club’s weekly all-access show, “24CH.” The show is broadcast in English on CTV and TSN and in French on RDS. Excluding additional viewing on NHL Network and on-demand, the program is averaging 730,000 viewers per episode.
5 years: That’s the length of the endorsement deal that Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has signed with Sport Chek, a Canadian sporting goods retailer. Stamkos will appear in the company’s advertising campaigns, make in-store appearances and participate in a digital series documenting his life in the NHL.
44 years: That’s how long Baltimore-based company STX has been in the lacrosse business before now moving into the hockey market — something it will do this spring with a line of sticks, gloves and other equipment. The company has signed a four-year deal to become an official sponsor and equipment supplier of USA Hockey and also has entered into a multiyear endorsement deal with Sabres left wing Matt Moulson.
• Looking Ahead
Wednesday: “NHL Revealed,” the league’s seven-part documentary focusing on players in this season’s outdoor games, premieres on NBCSN, with a showing the next night in Canada on CBC. Among the stars expected to be highlighted are Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The series is produced by Toronto-based Bristow Global Media. Ross Greenburg is an executive producer on behalf of the NHL, and IMG Productions SVP Steve Mayer also is serving as an executive producer.