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February 2018

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14 // 2018 OLYMPIC PREVIEW USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM C O U C H P O TAT O ' S G U I D E I f traveling to South Korea for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games isn't part of your Olympic plans, here are two pieces of advice that will serve you well: set your alarm clock and get that coffee brewing. Whether you're an early bird or a night owl, NBC has you covered with comprehensive live coverage of the men's and women's Olympic hockey tournaments. Games will air on NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network. All games will be broadcast in their entirety. NBCSN will serve as the cable home for the PyeongChang Winter Games with 368.5 hours of coverage, including 10 days of wall-to-wall 24-hour coverage. This will include the gold-medal games for both the men's and women's tournaments. The USA Network will present more than 40 hours of hockey coverage starting with the women's quali- fying round. USA Network will also air quarterfinal games for both the men and women, as well as the women's bronze-medal game on Feb. 21. If these channels aren't a part of your television package, coverage will be streamed live on the NBC Sports App and online at NBCOlympics.com. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that most hockey fans will have to wake up pretty early or delay their bed time if they want to follow the action live. Interested in staying up late to catch the U.S. Women's Team opener against Finland on Feb. 11? The puck will drop at 2:40 a.m. ET. The other two U.S. preliminary-round game against the Olympic Athletes of Russia airs at 7:10 a.m., while the clash with Canada starts at 10:10 p.m. Those tuning in for the U.S. men's prelimi- nary-round games against Slovenia and the Olympic Athletes of Russia will be watching at 7:10 a.m. ET. The other game against Slovakia takes place at 10:10 p.m. ET. Hockey fans will hear some familiar voices in the broadcast booth and in the studio. Serving as the lead play-by-play announcers for NBC in PyeongChang on the men's side will be Kenny Albert and Gord Miller. Joining them will be Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher and Pierre McGuire, with the latter two acting as 'Inside-the- Glass' analysts. The lead play-by-play role for the women's tournament will belong to John Walton, with A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Leila Rahimi (reporter) rounding out the team. Kathryn Tappen and Tessa Bonhomme will host the in-studio coverage, along- side studio analysts Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Erika Lawler. With the absence of NHL players competing at this year's Olympics, the broadcasters will be tasked with introducing viewers to players who are only known to the most diehard hockey fans. Still, that won't stop NBC from doing what it does best, telling the stories of America's best and brightest athletes. "The Olympics have long been the world's great- est international hockey tournament irrespective of whether professionals or amateurs are playing," said NBC spokesperson Jamie Palatini. "We're confident that hockey fans and Olympic viewers will tune in to watch the unique style of play that occurs at the Olympic Winter Games when ath- letes are competing for their country." So, set that alarm clock, crank up the coffee pot and settle in to watch some great hockey action. P RISE & SHINE A Couch Potato's Guide To Following The PyeongChang Olympic Games MUST SEE TV Here are a couple of games that we think you'll want to tune in to watch: Wednesday, Feb. 14 U.S. Men vs. Slovenia 7:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 U.S. Women vs. Canada 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 Women's Gold- Medal Game 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 Men's Gold-Medal Game 11:10 p.m. ILLUSTRATION BY Mike Curti *All times Eastern by Jason Kates

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