Comcast SportsNet to air three “Chicago Blackhawks Classics” telecasts in November

Tuesday, 11.13.2012 / 12:14 PM
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane this month as the network has announced it will replay three “Chicago Blackhawks Classics” telecasts beginning Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM CT.

“Chicago Blackhawks Classics” will be hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Pat Boyle, who will be joined in-studio on a rotating basis by Blackhawks game announcers Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk, along with Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard & Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi among other special guests.

Comcast SportsNet will televise its next “Chicago Blackhawks Classic” on Friday night, November 16 at 7:00 PM with a vintage 1971 re-air of a black and white “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast featuring Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and the Blackhawks taking on the rival Maple Leafs. In addition to former Blackhawks RW Cliff Koroll (who played in this game in ’71) joining Boyle on set, this special telecast will also include an original interview with Mikita, who discusses that unique time period in our history, along with the strengths of that particular Blackhawks team. Additional games on Comcast SportsNet’s “Chicago Blackhawks Classics” schedule in November include the memorable 1991 “NHL All-Star Game” from the old Chicago Stadium and the 2009 “NHL Winter Classic” featuring the Blackhawks hosting the Red Wings in a game for the ages at historic Wrigley Field. NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.com/Blackhawks) for the latest NHL news 24/7 from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers (via Twitter @TraMyersCSN), plus – fans can interact during the games via Twitter by utilizing the #HawksClassics hashtag.

“CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CLASSICS” on Comcast SportsNet

Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

December 11, 1971: Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

• This vintage black and white “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast from Maple Leaf Gardens features the on-ice brilliance of Blackhawks Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito. This special re-broadcast will include an original interview with Mikita from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers.

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM

January 19, 1991: 42nd NHL All-Star Game (from Chicago Stadium)

• Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War had officially begun just two days prior to the 42nd NHL All-Star Game in Chicago, but this memorable game in league history will always be known for the patriotism shown by every single fan in attendance at Chicago Stadium via numerous American flags hanging from every bannister at the old barn to an emotional singing of our national anthem. The All-Stars representing the Blackhawks in this game included Chris Chelios, Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick. Among the Hall of Famers playing in this game included Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Guy LaFleur and Denis Savard (as a member of the Canadiens).

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM

January 1, 2009: “NHL Winter Classic” - Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks (from Wrigley Field)

• In what will go down as one of the greatest events in Chicago sports history, the Blackhawks hosted the rival Red Wings at arguably the most iconic sports venue in the nation – Wrigley Field. The ecstatic sold out crowd endured freezing-level temperatures in a game that forever solidified the “Winter Classic” as an annual event for the league. This “NHL on NBC” re-broadcast was also the highest-rated hockey game shown in the U.S. in 33 years.

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