Hockey Week Across America begins Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America.
Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences.
This year's week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).
|Sunday, Feb. 19||NBC's Hockey Day in America|
|Monday, Feb. 20||Salute to Players|
|Tuesday, Feb. 21||Salute to Coaches|
|Wednesday, Feb. 22||Salute to Officials|
|Thursday, Feb. 23||Salute to Local Rinks|
|Friday, Feb. 24||Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day|
|Saturday, Feb. 25||Try Hockey Day|
|Sunday, Feb. 26||Celebrate Hockey Heroes|
NBC Sports' Hockey Day in America kicks off the festivities Sunday (Feb. 19), with live coverage of four NHL games and content showcasing hockey at all levels weaved in througout the day and night. Coverage begins at 12 noon ET with a half-hour pre-game show on NBC in advance of two games on the network -- Washington at New York Rangers followed by Detroit at Pittsburgh. NBCSN takes over duties for two evening games on Sunday, with the Boston at San Jose contest following Chicago at Buffalo.
On Sunday (Feb. 19), USA Hockey will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Global Girls Game, which is a worldwide initiative where 44 federations will host one-hour games in succession across the world. The "game" begins Feb. 17. The U.S. contest is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, at Baierl Ice Complex and will feature the 16U girls semifinal game of the Steel City Girls Invitational. USA Hockey is simultaneously highlighting girls games at varying age levels across the country during this same time period. A complete list can be found here.
On Saturday (Feb. 25), national Try Hockey for Free Day will provide children ages 4 to 9 that have never had the chance to try the sport to do just that at no cost. Over 350 rinks nationwide will be hosting a Try Hockey for Free event and those interested can find the location nearest them by visiting TryHockeyForFree.com. Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey are official sponsors of USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free days.
At 13 NHL games in American cities as part of Hockey Week Across America, two young officials will have the chance to meet with NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.
Both the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team will conduct training camps Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 23-25) at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. The camp is part of preparations for the 2017 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship that will take place April 11-20 in Gangneung, South Korea. Team USA, the defending gold medalist in the event and winner of six straight major international tournaments, will be among seven federations competing for gold in what will be doubled as a test event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
As part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration, Sirius/XM will feature interviews with prominent figures in American Hockey all week long. A full list of guests appears below (all guests subject to change).
9:30 a.m. ET
|Mon., Feb. 20||Dave Ogrean|
|Tues., Feb. 21||Jim Johannson|
|Wed., Feb. 22||Hilary Knight|
|Thurs., Feb. 23||Jeff Jackson|
|Fri., Feb. 24||Lou Vairo|
1:30 p.m. ET
|Mon., Feb. 20||Jim Smith|
|Tues., Feb. 21||Kevin Allen|
|Wed., Feb. 22||Don Granato|
|Thurs., Feb. 23||Joe Bertagna|
|Fri., Feb. 24||Jack McCartan|
5:17 p.m. ET
|Mon., Feb. 20||Steve Cash|
|Tues., Feb. 21||Pat Kelleher|
|Wed., Feb. 22||Angela Ruggiero|
|Thurs., Feb. 23||Ben Smith|
|Fri., Feb. 24||Lefty Curran
3:48 p.m. ET