Lightning Share Iconic Night in Johnstown

By on September 29, 2015
(photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

(photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

 Old-time hockey heads “right back to where it started from” tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA from the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pa., the home arena featured in the classic hockey film Slap Shot. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with a special edition of NHL Live.

26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who began his professional broadcasting career at the iconic Johnstown arena, will try to capture the spirit of the thing alongside host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will illustrate the finer points of hockey, alongside Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuireand analyst Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN’s comprehensive Kraft Hockeyville USA coverage will celebrate hockey’s rich history in Johnstown, while weaving in elements of Slap Shot throughout the telecast.

Highlights will include:

Pittsburgh Penguins Host Tampa Bay Lightning in Kraft Hockeyville USA Matchup Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
At the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pa. – Home Arena Featured in Iconic Hockey Film Slap Shot
Bob Costas Anchors Coverage at Arena Where He Began His Professional Broadcasting Career
Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire and Jeremy Roenick to Call Lightning-Penguins; Bob Costas, Liam McHugh and Mike Milbury Also On-Site
NBCSN to Air Slap Shot Immediately Following Lightning-Penguins
  • The Hanson Brothers, featuring Johnstown’s own Jeff and Steve Carlson, will show us what they’ve got in a live interview with Costas, along with other unscheduled surprises;

  • Segments with Roenick featuring memorabilia from Slap Shot and the history of Johnstown hockey, as well as segments from the old organ loft (wear a helmet) and Charlestown Chiefs team manager Joe McGrath’s office;

  • Emrick will pay homage to legendary Charlestown Chiefs broadcaster Jim Carr;

  • Milbury, a man truly knows what it’s like to feel shame after two minutes in the penalty box, will describe what it was like to play in the era of old-time hockey;

  • Viewers will be able to listen to the song, as NBCSN will air the National Anthem in its entirety;

  • Current NHL players will discuss their favorite scenes and memories from Slap Shot;

  • Following the game, NBCSN will televise Slap Shot, starring Paul Newman, in its entirety.

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