To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the St. Louis Blues will be broadcast and produced by an all-female crew.
In an announcement made by NBC Sports on Sunday, it was revealed Kate Scott will call the game for NBCSN whilst Kathryn Tappen will head the in-studio team for the contest.
The game will air on NBCSN as the network gears up with broadcast, production and studio crew comprised solely of women. Scott will serve as the play-by-play announcer alongside former U.S. defenseman A.J. Mleczko as the colour analyst.
According to NBC, current Team USA hockey star Kendall Coyne-Schofield will serve as the “Inside the Glass” announcer during the game which takes place on March 8 at Chicago’s United Center.
Tappen will serve as the anchor for in-studio coverage whilst former Canadian hockey star Jen Botterill takes charge of the in-studio analysis. Rene Hatlelid will produce the game, and Lisa Seltzer will direct the NBCSN coverage.
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“I’ve been broadcasting for 17 years and yet the very first broadcast I did with a female producer was just two years ago. The fact that we are celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-female broadcast and production team tells me how far we have come in a very short time. We hope our broadcast will help inspire young women watching to follow their dreams,” said Tappen.
Coverage for the evening’s game will start at 6 p.m. with “NHL Live,” then will conclude with “NHL Overtime” after the game ends at the United Center.