NBC Welcomes the New Year with 2015 NHL Winter Classic

Stamford, CT

Some of the NHL’s biggest stars take center stage in our nation’s capital on New Year’s Day on NBC, when Alex Ovechkin (pictured) and the Washington Capitals host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic from Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, on Jan. 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET. (Photo: AP Images)

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the Winter Classic call from Washington, D.C.

NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Nationals Park alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow with a Central Division showdown between T.J. Oshieand the St. Louis Blues, and Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues Saturday, Dec. 27, with a doubleheader on NBCSN, as Sidney Crosbyand the Pittsburgh Penguins host Ovechkin and the Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by a visit byLogan Couture and the San Jose Sharks to Los Angeles to face Jonathan Quick and the Kings at 10 p.m. ET.

Tuesday’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Milbury and Jones. McHugh anchors NHL Live on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET with Roenick and Jones.


NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.