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NHL Network to air Blackhawks parade, AHL Finals; Wild draft party

Posted by: Michael Russo under Bears, Stanley Cup, Wild news Updated: June 11, 2010 - 2:22 PM

From the NHL's news release, on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, the NHL Network will broadcast WGN’s coverage in HD of today's Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory parade and rally from Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.

It had been nearly 50 years since the Stanley Cup last graced the streets of Chicago. After a grueling, 82-game regular season and 22 playoff games, the rejuvenated and revitalized Blackhawks, led by captain
Jonathan Toews, carry the Stanley Cup to meet their fans.

On traditional double-decker buses, Blackhawks players, coaches, team management and their families salute over 2 million fans lined along Washington Blvd. and Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago.

NHL Network also will broadcast live, the remaining games in the AHL Championship series -- the Calder Cup Finals -- between the Hershey Bears and the Texas Stars.

The AHL’s 74th championship series is currently tied at two wins apiece, with Game 5 set for tonight in Cedar Park, Texas. The Bears are the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals and the Stars are the top affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

NHL Network Schedule
Friday, June 11 Hershey at Texas, Game 5 8:30 pm ET (U.S.
only)
Saturday, June 12 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade noon ET
Monday, June 14 Texas at Hershey, Game 6 7:00 pm ET
Wednesday, June 16 Texas at Hershey, Game 7 (if necessary) 7:00 pm
ET
 

Also, from the Wild:

MINNESOTA WILD TO HOST DRAFT PART AT APERITIF RESTAURANT & BAR

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the team will hold a draft party in conjunction with the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Aperitif Restaurant & Bar in Woodbury on Friday, June 25 from 6-9 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will include interviews with Wild celebrities, prize giveaways, drink specials and phone interviews with members of the Wild organization at the Entry Draft, all while fans watch the VERSUS broadcast of the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wild radio host Kevin Falness and broadcaster Mike Greenlay will host the event and will be joined by Wild celebrities including former Wild player Wes Walz, Wild goalie coach Bob Mason and mascot Nordy. The WCCO Radio Promo Team will also be in attendance.

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