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Hockey Week Across America Begins Sunday

By, 02/17/17, 11:00AM MST


Week-Long Celebration Commemorates 10th Anniversary of HWAA

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).

HWAA Daily Themes

Date Theme
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

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. 

Global Girls Game

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

Try Hockey For Free

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 Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey are official sponsors of USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free days. 

Try Hockey Day

Officials In Action

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.

USA Hockey Officiating

U.S. Sled Hockey Teams Training In North Carolina

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.

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Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio

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). 

Stellick & Simmer

9:30 a.m. ET

Date Guest
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

NHL Game Day

1:30 p.m. ET

Date Guest
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

The Power Play

5:17 p.m. ET

Date Guest
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

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