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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals host Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks in NHL Winter Classic New Year's Day on NBC

by jmaloni


Tue, Dec 30th 2014 10:35 am

NBC's coverage begins at 1 p.m.

NBC presents one of the most iconic events in sport New Year's Day in the nation's capital when Alex Ovechkin 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. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.

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 pregame and postgame analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site providing updates from the stadium, as well as live reports from various national historical sites and monuments.

In addition, NBC's intermission coverage will include a feature on Blackhawks forwards Kane and Jonathan Toews, and a look back at some of the best moments in Winter Classic history.

NBC Sports Group begins its Winter Classic coverage this Wednesday 8 p.m. with a marathon of "EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic" on NBCSN, leading into NBC's game coverage New Year's Day.

NBCSN's coverage of the 2014-15 college hockey season continues Saturday at 7 p.m., when the No. 1 Boston University Terriers host the 2014 NCAA national champion Union College Dutchmen.

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