For the first time, hockey fans across North America will be able to watch the NHL Alumni Game in Philadelphia from their home televisions.
The game which will feature 59 former players and coaches will be aired live on Versus and CBC on December 31st, at 1PM(EST). It will also be televised locally for Flyers fans live on ComcastSportsNet Philadelphia. For Rangers fans, MSG Network will show the game on delay, at 4PM.
Those set to return for the Flyers include Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mark Howe, Jeremy Roenick, and Reggie Leach. Pat Quinn, whose tenure as Flyers head coach included an NHL-record, 35-game unbeaten streak in 1979-80, will direct the Philadelphia bench.
Mike Keenan, who coached both teams and guided the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years in 1993-94, will coach a Rangers alumni roster that is expected to include Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney and Mike Gartner.
For the highlight of the events, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Flyers and Rangers will be televised across the US on NBC live at 1:00PM (EST) on January 2nd. For Canadian viewers, it will be shown live on CBC and RDS. NHL Network will provide a comprehensive look of the event post-game across the US and Canada.
CSN Philadelphia’s Jim Jackson will be the play-by-play man alongside NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes, who will be serving as an analyst. MSG’s Al Trautwig will report on the Rangers’ bench, while CSN Philadelphia’s Steve Coates will do the same for the Flyers.