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NHL 2019-20 Pause: Post to Post; Highlight Show, Finales of “Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 Season…So Far”, #HockeyAtHome, and 2020 NHL Draft Lottery Headline This Week’s National Hockey League Programming

Camille Kostek Hosts Half-Hour Showcase of Best User-Generated Content During Pause; Final #HockeyAtHome Spotlights Player, Team and League Community Work; Fans Determine Greatest Moment of the 2019-20 Season…So Far

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NEW YORK / TORONTO (June 22, 2020) – The “NHL Pause: Post to Post” highlight show, conclusion of the “Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 Season…So Far” fan initiative, the final #HockeyAtHome episode and Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery™ lead this week’s National Hockey League schedule of programming.

 

NHL Pause: Post to Post

As the NHL prepares to return to the ice, the League celebrates the originality and creativity fans and players have exhibited across social media during the pause in the season with “NHL Pause: Post to Post™,” a highlight show hosted by model and media personality Camille Kostek.

 

Produced and distributed by NHL Original Productions, the half-hour show will showcase the best of the user-generated content fans and players have shared on Instagram and TikTok during the pause. From fitness and dance challenges to hockey trick shots, fans and players have stayed connected to the game and each other through social media.

 

“NHL Pause: Post to Post” will premiere today, June 22, at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet; NHL.com; and the NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV platforms. The highlight show also will air on NBCSN and NHL Network™ today at 6:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, June 23, at 9 p.m. ET, respectively.

 

A preview is available for viewing here.

 

Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 NHL® Season…So Far

Throughout the pause in the NHL season, hockey fans have been casting their votes for the “Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 NHL Season…So Far.” This bracket-style, social media program has given fans the opportunity to choose from 64 of the season’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements to determine the fan-favorite moment of the 2019-20 NHL season to date.

 

Voting resumes today, June 22, at noon ET via the NHL’s Twitter and Instagram Stories channels with the first of two semifinals – Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s empty-net goal will face off against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s sprawling save. On Tuesday, June 23, at noon ET, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov’s lacrosse-style goal will attempt to surpass Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres’ star-making NHL debut.

 

The final two moments will meet on Wednesday, June 24, to battle for the top crown. The winning moment will be announced Thursday, June 25, at noon ET on NHL.com.

 

#HockeyAtHome: This is Hockey

The tenth and final edition of #HockeyAtHome will highlight the inspiring work the hockey community has spearheaded during the pause in the NHL season. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen and Sportsnet’s David Amber“#HockeyAtHome: This is Hockey” will explore the Anaheim Ducks’ work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith’s commitment to feed frontline workers and families in need; and the efforts of players J.T. Brown and Blake Wheeler in leading ongoing, meaningful discussions about the movement for racial justice.

 

The finale will premiere on Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN; NHL.com; and the NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV platforms. The episode also will air on NHL Network on Thursday, June 25, at 9:30 p.m. ET and on Sportsnet on Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. ET. Watch a preview here.

 

2020 NHL Draft Lottery

Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be broadcast live on Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S. as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Click here for more details.

 

NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban

A new episode of “NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban” – the weekly series hosted by New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and featuring fans answering hockey trivia questions to win NHL prizes – will air on Saturday, June 27, at Noon ET on Sportsnet and 12:30 p.m. ET on NHL.com and the NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV platforms.

 

Episode 11 will feature special appearances by writer/director Kevin Smith, three-time U.S. Olympic medalist Meghan Duggan, magician Justin Flom, WWE superstar Xavier Woods, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley.

 

Classic Stanley Cup® Final Games

The NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook platforms will continue simulcasting Stanley Cup® Final games every Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

 

This evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins capture the first of their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in Game 6 of the 2016 Final against the San Jose Sharks. On Wednesday, June 24, fans can rewatch the Chicago Blackhawks claim their sixth Stanley Cup win in Game 6 of the 2015 Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

NHL Programming Schedule for June 22-28 (all times are ET and subject to change):

 

Monday, June 22

12 p.m.

Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 Season…So Far: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne’s goal vs. Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury’s sprawling save (NHL’s Twitter & IGTV)

 

1 p.m.

NHL Fantasy™ On Ice podcast (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

4:30 p.m.

NHL Pause: Post to Post, hosted by Camille Kostek (Sportsnet; NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook & IGTV)

 

5:30 p.m.

Unveiled: Smashfest hosted by Dominic Moore and featuring Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (NHL’s Facebook & IGTV)

 

6 p.m.

Episode 10 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, New York Rangers legend Mike Richter, Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NBCSN)

 

6:30 p.m.

NHL Pause: Post to Post, hosted by Camille Kostek (NBCSN)

 

8 p.m.

Classic Game Simulcast: 2016 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. San Jose Sharks (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook)

 

Tuesday, June 23

12 p.m.

Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 Season…So Far: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov’s lacrosse-style goal vs. Carolina Hurricanes emergency goalie David Ayres’ NHL debut (NHL’s Twitter & IGTV)

 

6 p.m.

#HockeyAtHome: This is Hockey featuring Duncan KeithJ.T. Brown and Blake Wheeler (NBCSN; NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook & IGTV)

 

9 p.m.

NHL Pause: Post to Post, hosted by Camille Kostek (NHL Network)

 

9:30 p.m.

Episode 10 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, New York Rangers legend Mike Richter, Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NHL Network)

 

Wednesday, June 24

12 p.m.

Final matchup: Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 Season…So Far (NHL’s Twitter & IGTV)

 

8 p.m.

Classic Game Simulcast: 2015 Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook)

 

Thursday, June 25

8 a.m.

NHL @TheRink with special guest Minnesota Wild forward Kevin Fiala (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

12 p.m.

Winner unveiled: Greatest Moment of the 2019-20 Season…So Far (NHL.com)

 

9:30 pm.

#HockeyAtHome: This is Hockey featuring Duncan KeithJ.T. Brown and Blake Wheeler (NHL Network)

 

Friday, June 26

1 p.m.

NHL Fantasy™ On Ice podcast (NHL.com/Podcasts)

 

5 p.m.

Series finale of NHL’s Who Wore It Best?™ (Episode 5, Nos. 10-1) featuring NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs, NBC Sports’ Keith Jones and Pierre McGuire, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke (NHL’s Facebook & IGTV)

 

8 p.m.

Phase 1 of 2020 NHL Draft Lottery (NBCSN; NHL Network; Sportsnet; TVA Sports)

 

Saturday, June 27

12 p.m.

Episode 11 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by writer/director Kevin Smith, three-time U.S. Olympic medalist Meghan Duggan, magician Justin Flom, WWE superstar Xavier Woods, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (SN)

 

12:30 p.m.

Episode 11 of NHL Hat Trick Trivia™ Hosted by P.K. Subban featuring special appearances by writer/director Kevin Smith, three-time U.S. Olympic medalist Meghan Duggan, magician Justin Flom, WWE superstar Xavier Woods, and series regular and NHL referee Wes McCauley (NHL.com; NHL’s YouTube, Facebook and IGTV)

 

Sunday, June 28

6 pm.

#HockeyAtHome: This is Hockey featuring Duncan KeithJ.T. Brown and Blake Wheeler (Sportsnet)

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Nirva Milord / NHL Public Relations; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL 2020 Draft Lottery Phase 1 set for Friday, June 26, 8 pm ET

 

 

Event Will Be Broadcast Live on NBCSN and NHL Network in U.S., Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada; Winning General Manager and Top-Ranked North American Skater Alexis Lafreniere Will Be Available to Media via Zoom After Broadcast

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NEW YORK (June 22, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be conducted at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio on Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

 

The event will be broadcast live on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S. as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

 

Following the conclusion of the program, the general manager of the winning team and top-ranked North American skater Alexis Lafreniere will be available to media via Zoom – only if a team from the #1-7 group, as outlined below, wins the top pick. Call details will be shared later this week.

 

Reminder: 2020 NHL Draft Lottery Format

* The top three picks in the 2020 NHL Draft will be awarded via the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the team selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the team selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the team selecting third overall.

 

* The 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be held in two phases, if necessary.

 

* Fifteen teams will be eligible in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery (which will be held June 26): the seven teams that already have not qualified for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs – ranked in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season – and eight “placeholders” that represent the to-be-determined Qualifying Round teams that do not advance, thus maintaining previously established odds for the Draft Lottery.

 

Team P% Odds
1. Detroit Red Wings .275 18.5%
2. Ottawa Senators .437 13.5%
3. Ottawa Senators* .437 11.5%
4. Los Angeles Kings .457 9.5%
5. Anaheim Ducks .472 8.5%
6. New Jersey Devils .493^ 7.5%
7. Buffalo Sabres .493^ 6.5%
8. Team A n/a 6.0%
9. Team B n/a 5.0%
10. Team C n/a 3.5%
11. Team D n/a 3.0%
12. Team E n/a 2.5%
13. Team F n/a 2.0%
14. Team G n/a 1.5%
15. Team H n/a 1.0%

Acquired in a trade with the San Jose Sharks (.450 P%)

The Buffalo Sabres (.406 ROW%) ranked higher than the New Jersey Devils (.348 ROW%) based on regulation/OT win percentage

 

1st Lottery Draw

* If the winning team of the 1st Lottery Draw is from the #1-7 group, that team wins the right to the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. If the winning team of the 1st Lottery Draw is from the #8-15 group, the right to the first overall pick will be determined in Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.

 

* After the 1st Lottery Draw, the winning team (from either the #1-7 group or the #8-15 group) no longer will be eligible for the 2nd or 3rd Lottery Draws. All number combinations originally assigned to this team will become “Re-Draw Combinations” for the 2nd and 3rd Lottery Draws. The remaining teams’ odds will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which team wins the 1st Lottery Draw.

 

2nd Lottery Draw

* If the winning team of the 2nd Lottery Draw is from the #1-7 group, that team wins the right to the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. If the winning team of the 2nd Lottery Draw is from the #8-15 group, the right to the second overall pick will be determined in Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.

 

* After the 2nd Lottery Draw, the winning team (from either the #1-7 group or the #8-15 group) no longer will be eligible for the 3rd Lottery Draw. All number combinations originally assigned to this team will become “Re-Draw Combinations” for the 3rd Lottery Draw. The remaining teams’ odds will increase on a proportionate basis for the 3rd Lottery Draw, based on which team wins the 2nd Lottery Draw.

 

3rd Lottery Draw

* If the winning team of the 3rd Lottery Draw is from the #1-7 group, that team wins the right to the third overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. If the winning team of the 3rd Lottery Draw is from the #8-15 group, the right to the third overall pick will be determined in Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.

 

What If All Three Draws Are Won by Teams in the #1-7 Group?

* The winning teams receive the respective top three selections in the 2020 NHL Draft. The remaining four teams in the #1-7 group are assigned 2020 NHL Draft positions 4 through 7, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season. The next eight 2020 NHL Draft positions (8 through 15) are assigned to the eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season. In these circumstances, Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will not be necessary.

 

What If Any of the Three Draws Are Won by Teams in the #8-15 Group?

* The draws for the corresponding selections will be conducted during Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery among only the eight Qualifying Round teams that fail to advance.

 

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Phase 2 of 2020 NHL Draft Lottery (If Necessary)

* Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, if necessary, will be conducted between the Qualifying Round and First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Exact date and time TBD.

 

* Phase 2 participants will include all eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round (or the teams that have acquired their first-round picks).

 

* In each Phase 2 draw, all participants will have the same odds.

 

* Following each Phase 2 draw, the winning team will be assigned the corresponding top three selection in the 2020 NHL Draft and, if another Phase 2 draw is necessary, that team’s numbered lottery ball will be removed.

 

* When all Phase 1 and Phase 2 draws are completed and the top three selections in the 2020 NHL Draft have been awarded, the remaining selections in the top 15 will be assigned to the 12 teams that did not win a draw, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

Twins DH Nelson Cruz named 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award winner

June 21, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – In recognition of his long-standing efforts to transform the safety and welfare of his hometown, along with his many other off-field and community endeavors, Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named the recipient of the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award during the 2020 ESPYS Sunday night.

“Over our sixty years in Minnesota, the Twins have been incredibly blessed to have had so many great players who happen to be even better people—Nelson Cruz is a shining example,” said club President & CEO Dave St. Peter. “Through his work in the Dominican Republic, Twins Territory and beyond, Nellie continues to touch countless lives. He lives our organizational pillars of passion, hustle, heart and fun each and every day, and we are incredibly proud to have Nelson Cruz as part of our Minnesota Twins family.”

Nelson Cruz

The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award is given to an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a measured positive impact on their community through sports. The candidate must embrace the core principles that Muhammad Ali embodied so well, including confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and respect. Cruz, who also received the 2019 Carl R. Pohlad Award for Twins Outstanding Community Service, has long worked to better lives in his native Dominican Republic, elsewhere in Latin America and in the communities in which he has played during his 15-year major league career. These efforts include:

  • Assisting his hometown of Las Matas De Santa Cruz by donating a fire engine and an ambulance to treat and transport people to the closest hospital, which is nearly one hour away. He also built a new police station and donated a motorcycle for the city’s police officers, who previously had to walk.
  • Annually bringing dentists and optometrists, along with donated equipment and medicine, to his hometown clinic, providing checkups, medicine and eyewear. His health event enabled more than 1,200 people to be evaluated and treated by volunteer doctors.
  • Purchasing wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes for elderly and disabled residents of his hometown.
  • Leading his Boomstick23 Foundation in establishing a new education and technical center to help the youth of Las Matas De Santa Cruz advance their employability by learning different trades such as carpentry/electrical, and how to better use farmland to produce crops.
  • Beginning the Healing Venezuela initiative, which helps 2,000 Venezuelan newborns annually receive life-sustaining nourishment during their first year (a 400% increase since Cruz’s involvement).
  • Raising funds through the Big League Impact ALL WIN campaign in 2019, impacting the Education Center in the Monte Cristi province, Dominican Republic.
  • Engaging with Twin Cities area youth, including hosting a vitilla clinic with Twins RBI All-Stars in 2019.

As the winner of the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, Cruz will be able to direct a $100,000 grant from ESPN to his Boomstick23 Foundation. Cruz, a six-time All-Star on the field, is the first MLB player to win the award and joins such past winners as the NFL’s Chris Long (2019), the NBA’s Kevin Durant (2018) and Chris Paul (2016), the NHL’s Mark Giordano (2017) and the WNBA’s Tamika Catchings (2015).

Cruz was honored Sunday night as part of The Sports Humanitarian Awards Presented by Bristol Myers Squibb, which was combined with The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capitol One on ESPN. Fellow finalists for the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award Presented by Dove Men+Care were Kevin Love of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, Devin and Jason McCourty of the NFL’s New England Patriots, Maya Moore of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and WWE fighter Titus O’Neil.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY TWINS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

LA Dodgers named 2020 Sports Team Humanitarian Award winner by ESPN

In recognition of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

$100,000 award celebrates its significant impact in the Los Angeles community

June 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES – ESPN announced on Sunday Night, during The 2020 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, that the Los Angeles Dodgers were named the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year in recognition of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). LADF was recognized for tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos. LADF will use the $100,000 award to continue to run and fund proven programs that help level the playing field and invest in on the ground solutions.

“Our goal is to achieve the same level of excellence off the field that our fans demand from us on the field,” said Dodger Owner & Chairman Mark Walter, who also is chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “This is much bigger than baseball. We want to tackle the city’s most significant challenges, such as unequal access to education, and we are striving to become the best philanthropic organization in the city working on these issues.”

The sixth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a celebration of the impact made by athletes, teams and sports industry professionals who are using sports to make a difference in their communities and throughout the world. The Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year honors a sports club/team that demonstrates how teamwork can create a significant impact on a community or cause.

LADF has invested more than $30 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, including $21 million in the last five years alone. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers and LADF are providing 279,280 meals and $659,227 in in-kind donations to support vulnerable populations who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, lack of basic needs and significant anxiety.

“LADF was built for this moment in time. The trauma of a pandemic and social justice events has exacerbated the significant disparities in our communities. We know that inequality can only be dismantled through proactive and strategic interventions, and we are starting with the root causes,” said Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “This award is a celebration of our organization’s accomplishments, but we are far from done. LADF will not waver. We will be part of the solution.”

LADF supports more than 100 nonprofits annually; has grown to serve over 10,000 youth annually through its sports-based youth development program, Dodgers RBI; provides 368,000 kids access to safe, playable spaces through its 51 Dodgers Dreamfields, including two universally-accessible adaptive fields; engages 16,000 youth in the LA Reads literacy initiative with more than 3.5 million minutes read to-date; and supports STEM curiosity in over 9,000 students through LADF’s Science of Baseball curriculum.

About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is bigger than baseball with ambitions to be the city’s premier charity. We want to impact Los Angeles’ most pressing problems: improving access to education, health care, affordable housing, youth programs and social justice. Since 1995, we have invested more than $30 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, and fundraising has increased by 1,000% since 2012. That growth has enabled us to do more.

Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn, Instagram, @dodgersfoundation, and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DODGERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

NY Yankees issue Statement of Yankee Stadium as potential Spring Training continuation site

 

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon, the New York Yankees will hold a potential spring training resumption at Yankee Stadium. We will continue to follow Major League Baseball’s guidelines and protocols, and we will vigilantly work with Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and their health authorities, as well as with federal officials and Major League Baseball’s own medical and infectious disease experts, to ensure our facility maintains the best possible safety standards.

The health and safety of our players, staff and employees, and of their respective families, will always be our top priority.

Yankee Stadium aerial view 2011 photo By Groupe Canam, QCQuébec, QC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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