NHL to Honor Tahoe Region Frontline Workers Before Feb. 20 Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights Game and Recognize South Lake Tahoe Olympic Stars Before Feb. 21 Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers Matchup
Avalanche Forward Nathan MacKinnon to Attempt $1 Million Hole-in-One
NBC Broadcast to Feature World Premiere of New Green Day Song
NBC Coverage to Include U.S. National Anthem Performance by Three-Time Grammy® Award-Winning Artist Pentatonix
NEW YORK (Feb. 17, 2021) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced its game day plans for NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™, the picturesque event featuring two regular-season outdoor games played at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, Nev., Feb. 20-21. With the Lake Tahoe shoreline as its backdrop, selfless members of the Tahoe Community will be honored before the Colorado Avalanche face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday™ on Feb. 20. On Feb. 21, South Lake Tahoe area Olympic Stars Hannah Teter and Maddie Bowman will be honored before the Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday™. Both games will be broadcast live at 3pm ET on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
In addition, the pair of outdoor games will feature the world premiere of a new song by five-time Grammy® Award-winning rock band Green Day, the performance of the U.S. national anthem by three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix and a special $1 million golf challenge by Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon.
Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday™ on Feb. 20 – Avalanche vs. Golden Knights
Saturday’s Opening Ceremony presented by Navy Federal Credit Union will begin with the on-ice arrival of the Avalanche and Golden Knights, followed by a performance of the U.S. national anthem by South Lake Tahoe native Aurora C. Gooch. The 21-year old singer is on the front lines of the pandemic, serving as a collection specialist for a Tahoe-based COVID testing company.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Elliott will arrive by boat, dock at the Edgewood pier and deliver the game puck to Daryl Braga, a charge nurse and Lead RN in the emergency department at Barton Memorial Hospital; Miranda Miller, an Activities Director at the Skilled Nursing Facility, a part of Barton Memorial Hospital; and Dusty R. Gooch, a firefighter and paramedic for the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the father of Saturday’s anthem singer. The trio of frontline workers will present the puck to game officials.
The pregame festivities will conclude with a flyover featuring one HC-130J and two HH-60G helicopters flown by members of the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Combined Test Force (CTF), stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
In the first intermission, the focus will move from the NHL-regulation size rink on the par-5 18th hole to the lakeside par-3 17th hole of the iconic Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The One Million Dollar Hole-in-One Challenge presented by Bridgestone will feature Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon’s attempt to relive a memorable moment from the same spot – Avalanche GM and Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Sakic’s hole-in-one in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in 2011. If MacKinnon makes an ace to match Sakic’s feat a decade ago, the NHL will donate $1 million to the NHL/NHLPA Learn to Play program.
During the second intermission, Saturday’s game broadcast on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA will feature the world premiere of Green Day’s newest song, “Here Comes the Shock.” The song will be featured in a highlight reel of the top plays of the first quarter of the 2020-21 NHL® season.
The debut of the song and highlight video are part of the NHL’s two-year, cross-platform and promotional partnership with the band. Immediately following its NHL debut, “Here Comes the Shock” will be available on Feb. 21 on all music services, including Apple Music and Spotify.
This marks the second year of the NHL’s collaboration with Green Day. Green Day’s music will be featured throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday™ on Feb. 21 – Flyers vs. Bruins
Following the on-ice arrival of the Bruins and Flyers, Sunday’s Opening Ceremony presented by Navy Federal Credit Union will feature a special performance of the U.S. national anthem by three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix.
Following the anthem, two T-38 Talon aircrafts, operated by the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron (1 RS) assigned to Beale Air Force Base in California, will fly over the venue. To close the pregame festivities, three-time Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter and two-time Olympic skier Maddie Bowman, both South Lake Tahoe area residents, will deliver the game puck.
NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will provide extensive coverage of the event. Fans can join the conversation via the official event hashtag #NHLOutdoors.
About Green Day:
Green Day released their thirteenth studio album Father of All… in 2020 via Reprise/Warner Records. It debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart while also hitting #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums and #4 on the Billboard 200, resulting in the band’s 11th US Top-10 album. It was met with widespread critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Noisey, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone who called it “one of their most fun ever.” They performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Good Morning America, and the American Music Awards. Green Day will embark on a global stadium tour, The Hella Mega Tour, with Fall Out Boy and Weezer kicking off June 9, 2021.
Three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts over 19 million subscribers, yielding more than 5 billion video views.
Pentatonix has had two #1 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart – 2015’s gold-certified self-titled album and the 2x platinum That’s Christmas To Me. The group has received multiple RIAA certifications for multi-platinum, platinum and gold-selling albums and singles, a Daytime Emmy nomination, starred in three holiday specials on NBC and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2.
Last summer, Pentatonix released their At Home EP, which featured new arrangements of “Blinding Lights” (The Weeknd), “when the party’s over” (Billie Eilish), “Break My Heart” (Dua Lipa) and “Dreams” (The Cranberries), before releasing two original songs, “Happy Now” and “Be My Eyes” (from their album, The Lucky Ones), as well as an arrangement and video for Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.” The quintet also celebrated the end of 2020 with a new holiday collection, We Need A Little Christmas, a performance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. Their new original album, “The Lucky Ones,” was released in February 2021.
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