May 21, 2024 1:28 pm
Blackhawks and NBC Sports Chicago Partner to Present First Local Animated Sports Telecast on April 6th

“We are always on the lookout for new ways to keep hockey fans engaged every day, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our first-ever local animated game in partnership with NBC Sports Chicago and the NHL,” stated Jaime Faulkner, President of Business Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks. The main goal is to introduce Blackhawks fandom to the newest generation and connect with families in a meaningful way.

The animated presentation on NBCSCH+ will feature 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 collaboration between NBC Sports Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the NHL 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 the first-ever local animated pro game telecast. This innovative approach will provide families and younger fans with a unique way to enjoy the sport of hockey like never before.

By 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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