Next Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pa. as part of this year’s Kraft Hockeyville celebration.
If that rink sounds familiar, it’s with good reason — Cambria County War Memorial was the arena featured in the iconic hockey flick Slap Shot.
To celebrate both Hockeyville and the movie, NBCSN is rolling out a special “doubleheader” for the evening of Sept. 29 — pregame coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET, followed by puck drop at 7:30, followed by a special airing of Slap Shot in its entirety following the game.
Highlights will include:
- Coverage anchored by NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, who got his start in broadcasting in Johnstown in 1973. Costas, who began his career as the play-by-play voice of the Syracuse Blazers of the North American Hockey League, called his first-ever game at Cambria County War Memorial.
- An interview with the Hanson Brothers.
- Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick paying homage to legendary Charlestown Chiefs broadcaster Jim Carr.
- Current NHL players discussing their favorite scenes from Slap Shot.
Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury will also be part of the Hockeyville coverage, with Milbury providing special insight into “what it was like to play in the era of old-time hockey.” Better tie up your shoes.