NHL Network Rolls Into Chicago for Two Days of NHL Draft Coverage
Main set, 11 cameras, shared resources with Rogers fill out the production from United Center
The NHL plots its future this weekend as the NHL Draft is set to take place inside Chicago’s United Center and the NHL Network is there with an impressive deployment of resources to cover the two-day event.
While NBC Sports Network has exclusive U.S. rights to the first round of the draft on Friday evening, NHL Network will provide pre- and post-event coverage of the first round and then offer exclusive live coverage of Round 2 to 7 on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
According to MLB Network and NHL Network’s VP of Remote Operations Tom Guidice, his team will have its main set on site (delivered via SOS Global Logistics from Filmwerks) along with a smaller secondary set and 11 of their own cameras on site. Three cameras will work the main set, two will be at the secondary set, three are high hard coverage cameras taking in the full arena and there’s a jib near the draft stage, a RF MOVI camera, and one locked-off beauty camera.
NHL Network is also planning to share resources with the Canadian broadcaster Rogers, including the jib, two coverage cameras, the RF MOVI, and the beauty.
Supporting the production in the compound will be Dome Productions’ Journey.
NHLN has six live hours of programming planned for the two days beginning with NHL Tonight: 2017 NHL Draft Preview kicking things off a 5 p.m. ET. Following NBCSN’s coverage of Round 1, NHLN returns to air with the NHL Tonight: 2017 NHL Draft Recap at 10:30 p.m. ET.