Blackhawks and NBC Sports Chicago Partner to Present First Local Animated Sports Telecast on April 6th

NBC Sports Chicago and Blackhawks Partner for Inaugural Local Animated Hockey Game: A New Way to Engage Fans and Introduce the Next Generation to the sport.

Chicago Blackhawks President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner is thrilled to announce the first-ever local animated game in partnership with NBC Sports Chicago and the NHL. The goal is to engage hockey fans every day, introduce Blackhawks fandom to the youngest generation, and connect with families in a meaningful way.

NBC Sports Chicago will produce an animated presentation on NBCSCH+ that features prominent broadcast talent such as Chris Vosters as play-by-play announcer, Dominic Moore providing in-game analysis, and Adam Burish and Tony Granato hosting studio coverage during intermissions. This innovative approach aims to create an interactive and entertaining experience for fans of all ages.

John Schippman, VP of Sports Content at NBCUniversal Local Chicago, expressed his excitement about producing this unique telecast. Utilizing NHL EDGE positional data and Hawk-Eye Innovations optical tracking, the local animated presentation will bring the action on the ice to life in real-time. Viewers can expect to see Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk and other characters interacting in a fun environment set against the backdrop of the United Center. The program will be produced in partnership with NHL innovation partner Beyond Sports.

In addition to the animated presentation, NBC Sports Chicago will also air the traditional game telecast with WGN Radio 720’s John Wiedeman on play-by-play duty and expert game analysis provided by Darren Pang. This dual approach will cater to a wide range of fans, ensuring an engaging and entertaining viewing experience for all.

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