From an NHL Press Release —

The NHL is opening Nashville’s All-Star weekend Friday with a primetime TV special hosted by The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry and NHL Broadcaster Kathryn Tappen.

This ceremonial puck drop on a weekend of hockey festivities will feature roundtable discussions with NHL All-Star players, country music star performances, and a few surprises.

Hosted by Grammy and CMA Award-winning The Band Perry member Kimberly Perry and NHL broadcaster Kathryn Tappen, the one-hour program will broadcast live from the Honda Stage at Bridgestone’s Winter Park in downtown Nashville at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Jan. 29 on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.

Aaron Lewis, Kristian Bush, Big & Rich, John Hiatt, and Lee Brice will join the NHL takeover of downtown Nashville while All-Stars Matt Duchene, Johnny Gaudreau, Roman Josi, Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, Brandon Saad, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and more offer celebrity interviews and celebrity coach/Predators season ticketholder and country music star Vince Gill joins Josi for a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory.

The program will be produced by IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, and media, under the direction of Steve Mayer, NHL executive vice president and executive producer of programming and creative development.

This is Nashville’s first major NHL event.

The 2016 Honda All-Star Skills Competition begins at 6 p.m. CT Saturday and the Honda NHL All-Star Game three-on-three tourney begins at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, with both televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports in Canada.

NHL Network and NHL.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the festivities. The NHL will also be active on social media platforms with #NHLAllStar and #NHLFanFair.

 

 

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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