CSN’s “2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game” coverage – featuring Blackhawks legends Troy Murray, Eric Daze, and Murray Bannerman among others vs.
Blues legends Bernie Federko, Brett Hull AND “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky – takes place Saturday, December 31 at 1:30 PM CT LIVE from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO;
CSN & CSNChicago.com to also provide extensive coverage of the Monday, January 2 “2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic” Blackhawks vs. Blues battle
via detailed reports and analysis from Pat Boyle and Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers
Chicago, IL (December 22, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the current Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks, has announced it will televise the outdoor 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri LIVE on Saturday, December 31 at 1:30 PM CT. Legendary alumni from the Blackhawks (including a colorful roster featuring Troy Murray, Eric Daze, Murray Bannerman, Steve Konroyd, Jamal Mayers, Daniel Carcillo, Jack O’Callahan and “coaches” Tony Esposito & Cliff Koroll, among others) will team up to battle their yesteryear counterparts from the St. Louis Blues (including team legends Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Adam Oates, Chris Pronger, along with “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, and many more) in the opening game of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic weekend.
The 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game is an NHL production (airing live on both CSN Chicago and FOX Sports Midwest) that will feature FOX Sports Midwest’s Blues play-by-play announcer John Kelly and NHL Network game analyst Mike Rupp in the broadcast booth, along with CSN’s Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live host Pat Boyle providing in-game, rink side reports/player interviews from the Blackhawks bench.
Fans can look forward to a unique viewing experience with numerous players mic’d up during the game (including Blackhawks legend Darren Pang), as well as historical Blackhawks vs. Blues “flashbacks” integrated throughout the telecast. Intermission updates will be on site from Busch Stadium. NOTE: CSN will be re-airing the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game later the same evening at 7:00 PM on CSN+ (viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete CSN+ channel location details).
Throughout the “2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic” weekend, CSNChicago.com’s “BlackhawksTalk” section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks) will be presenting extensive coverage of all the surrounding festivities with up-to-the-minute reports from Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) and via CSNChicago.com’s Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN), along with comprehensive pre/post-game reports from Blackhawks digital reporter Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis). The “2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic” game between the Blackhawks and Blues will be carried live on NBC Sports on Monday, January 2 with live opening face-off coverage beginning at 12 NOON and CSN will provide complete post-game coverage details, highlights, interviews, and much more later that evening on SportsTalk Live at 5:30 PM and In the Loop at 6:00 PM.
From a social media standpoint, fans are urged to follow the network’s Blackhawks Twitter account (@CSNBlackhawks) and the network’s primary Twitter home (@CSNChicago) for up-to-the-second game details, clips, photos, and more. Plus, fans also get interactive during the game by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.