Back on NBC: The NHL’s All-Star Game returns to network TV


On the heels of last year’s successful All-Star Game in Nashville, the NHL is getting wider exposure for this year’s installment in Los Angeles.

On Monday, the NBC Sports Group announced the 2017 NHL ASG would be aired on NBC, marking the first network-television broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game since 2004.

Previously, the game was set to be aired on NBC Sports Network.

“As the NHL celebrates its Centennial, we’re excited to bring the pace and energy of the NHL All-Star Game to a network-television audience for the first time in more than a decade,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “This move, combined with the addition of games featuring rising young stars like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, as well as our upcoming ‘Star Sunday’ matchups, continues to illustrate our commitment to showcase the best talent in the NHL and grow the game of hockey in America.”

This marks the first time NBC will televise the ASG since 1994, when the old Eastern vs. Western Conference matchup took place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Four years prior to that, NBC aired the 1990 ASG, which represented the first-ever U.S. national TV broadcast featuring both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

Like last year, the ’17 ASG will feature a 3-on-3 tournament with the top players from the Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions.

This will also mark the third time the NHL has played the game in Los Angeles.