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NBC Sports to air every IPC World Sled Hockey Championship game

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NBC Sports Live Extra will stream every game of the IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., from April 26-May 3.

The tournament final will also air live on NBCSN on May 3 at 2:30 p.m. ET, capping an unprecedented 40 hours of coverage across NBC Sports platforms.

The U.S. captured the Sochi Paralympic gold medal in a 1-0 win over host Russia in the final. The U.S. and Russia will face off in preliminary play on the first day of the tournament.

But the Americans will be out to reclaim the World title, having lost to Canada in the 2013 Worlds final.

This will mark the third time the U.S. hosts the World Championship in eight editions. The U.S. did not win gold on home ice the previous two times in 2000 and 2008, seeing rival Canada prevail.

“The sport has gained huge popularity in the U.S. and worldwide in the last 12 months, and this agreement shows that major broadcasters are continuing to recognize the value and demand for para-sport, as well as representing a fantastic opportunity for new partners for Buffalo 2015,” said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer.

NBCSN will broadcast up to three U.S. games, beginning April 29 against Italy at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will also broadcast a semifinal in addition to the live final.

The NBCSN commentary team will include Marc Zumoff on play-by-play, Sochi Paralympic gold medalist Andy Yohe and 1998 U.S. Olympic hockey gold medalist A.J. Mleczko.

The Live Extra commentary team will include three-time U.S. Paralympic hockey player Taylor Lipsett and former Canadian hockey player and coach Brent Pope.

“We are thrilled to continue to work closely with the IPC to bring Paralympic sport to the U.S. audience,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group. “Team USA’s victory over Russia in the gold-medal final was one of the great stories of the Sochi Paralympic Games, and we’re excited to showcase sled hockey to a national audience once again.”

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DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sun., April 26Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. ItalyNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Russia vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Mon., April 27Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Wed., April 29Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Czech Republic vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. NorwayNBC Sports Live Extra9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA *NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Thur., April 30Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Fri., May 1Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA*NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 2Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Sun., May 3Bronze Medal GameNBC Sports Live Extra11 a.m.
Gold Medal GameNBCSN2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay