Hockey Weekend Across America, the nationwide program introduced by USA Hockey in 2007 to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels while exposing hockey to new audiences, returns this year Feb. 15-17. Sunday, Feb. 17, will serve as Hockey Day in America presented by Discover Card, highlighted by NBC Sports Group’s nine hours of hockey coverage, including an NHL triple-header and compelling features chronicling America’s passion for the game. Coverage begins at Noon ET with the pre-game show, NHL Live. NBC starts the game action with Pittsburgh at Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. ET followed immediately by Los Angeles at Chicago. The final game of the celebration is Washington at the New York Rangers at 6 p.m. ET and airs on NBC Sports Network.
Monday, Feb. 11
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey since 2005. He held the same position from 1993-99 and was USA Hockey's director of public relations from 1978-80, which included serving as the PR contact for the 1980 'Miracle on Ice' Team.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Jim Johannson, assistant executive director, hockey operations for USA Hockey. The U.S. National Junior Team has enjoyed unprecedented success during Johannson's four years as general manager, winning the gold medal in 2010 and 2013, as well as a bronze medal in 2011.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team since 2010-11 and the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Team. Stone is in her 19th season as the head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, where she is the active wins leader in NCAA Division I women's hockey.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Sauer was the men's ice hockey head coach at both Colorado College (1971-80) and the University of Wisconsin (1983-2002). At UW he won a pair of NCAA national championships (1983, 1990).
Friday, Feb. 15
Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey since 2003. He has been involved with USA Hockey since 1973 and is a recipient of the the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to hockey in the U.S.