WILL REEVE, ANSON CARTER, AND ARDA OCAL
SET FOR BRAND-NEW MSG NETWORK SERIES
“THE MSG HOCKEY SHOW”
“THE MSG HOCKEY SHOW” PREMIERES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 10:30PM
New York, NY (November 3, 2016) – MSG Networks announced today that the brand-new series “The MSG Hockey Show,” presented by Geico, a fun, fast-paced half-hour of opinion and conversation of all things hockey, is set to premiere on MSG Network on Friday, November 18th at 10:30pm. Young, quick-witted, and dynamic hosts Will Reeve, former NHL star Anson Carter, and Arda Ocal weigh in on the week’s hot topics in the National Hockey League. Segments will include: Short Shifts, where each panelist has 30 seconds to state his opinion on a current NHL topic; Line Change, NHL players talk about a non-hockey topic (what would they do if they didn’t play hockey?); and Market Watch, where the panel discusses players and teams trending up and down.
“MSG Networks covers more live hockey than anyone in the country,” said Jeff Filippi, senior vice president of production & programming and executive producer, MSG Networks. “We wanted to bring viewers a fun and unique look at the sport through the eyes of our distinctive and entertaining hosts. Fans see all the live action regularly on MSG Networks and this show will complement the robust hockey coverage in a way that’s different from anything that we’ve ever presented before.”
WILL REEVE is a reporter, correspondent and contributing anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter team. Will’s role with both ESPN and MSG Networks is to bring his perspective to potential stories and present them in his unique style, appealing to younger sports fans yet resonating with all viewers. Will is also an ambassador and Board Member for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which benefits those affected by spinal cord injuries. He is also leader of the Reeve Foundation Champions Committee, which is dedicated to fostering multi-generational involvement in the cause. A 2014 graduate of Middlebury (VT) College with a B.A in English and American Literatures, Will splits his time between Connecticut and New York City.
NHL veteran ANSON CARTER has worked with MSG Networks as a studio analyst for New York Rangers telecasts, including coverage of the regular season, Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final. Over the course of his 11 NHL seasons from 1996 through 2007, Carter played in 674 games, producing 202 goals and 219 assists with the New York Rangers and seven other teams. In 2005, Carter founded Big Up Entertainment, a production company that produces and develops film & TV shows as well as music. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Carter attended Michigan State University.
ARDA OCAL is a 16-year broadcaster having previously worked at The Score Television Network, The Weather Network as a national morning show reporter, and for several years on AHL and OHL hockey broadcasts as a host, analyst, and play-by-play announcer. Most recently he worked for WWE as an international host. Recently Arda created the website “Be A Superhero Today,” which is an inspirational website to promote acts of kindness around the world.
About MSG Networks Inc.
An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 145 New York Emmy Awards over the past nine years.
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