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Volume 25 No. 237
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"NHL Now" Featuring All-Female Crew For First Time

Coinciding with the NHL’s "Hockey is For Everyone" month, the NHL Network’s "NHL Now" program today will be an all-female production for the first time. The show, which will air at 4:00pm ET, will be co-hosted by NHL Network’s Jamie Hersch and Jackie Redmond. Joining the two will be local NHL correspondents Caley Chelios (Lightning), Lauren Gardner (Avalanche) and Shannon Hogan (Islanders), as well as NBC’s Kathryn Tappen and NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. In addition, the show will also feature Gold Medal-winning USWNT members Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson in-studio. The two will take part in a segment challenging them to do things in six seconds or less, referencing Lamoureux-Davidson setting an Olympic record by scoring two goals in that time frame in a game versus the Team OAR. Lamoureux-Davidson also scored the game-winning shootout goal versus Canada in the Gold Medal game. Manon Rheaume, the first female goaltender in NHL history, and Cassie Campbell, the two-time Gold Medal-winner for Canada, also are scheduled to join the show. While the show will feature these special guests, recap Team USA’s Gold Medal win and focus on the efforts of the "Hockey is For Everyone" initiative, it will still also offer analysis of NHL storylines and tonight’s game matchups as it typically does. "It’s going to be awesome to see all women putting on this two-hour show, having these guests and some really fun elements planned, but the coolest part is that it is not going to be radically different of a show than we usually have,” said Hersch, who appears nightly on the network’s "On The Fly" recap show. “We already have so many women established in so many roles, and it’s exciting to think that we’re going to be highlighting both women on the ice and those that cover the sport off the ice with this show -- there are young girls that hopefully can see this on their TV and say there are people who look like me playing and talking about hockey, and that’s exactly the kind of thing that grows the game.”