FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS PWHPA 2021 SECRET® DREAM GAP TOUR LIVE THIS SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Olympic Champions Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel Headline Rosters of World-Class Players
Billie Jean King Narrates Opening Tease – Kendall Coyne Schofield Mic’d Up During The Game; Jocelyne Lamoureux to Join as Second Intermission Guest
Kate Scott (play-by-play), Olympic Gold Medalist A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (host) Anchor Coverage
On Her Turf – NBC Sports’ Female Empowerment Brand – To Present Coverage on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 3, 2021 – Olympic champions Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel will headline a showcase of world-class women’s hockey players this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when NBC Sports and On Her Turf present the PWHPA 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour live from United Center in Chicago, Ill.
The 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour showcase on NBCSN takes place on the anniversary weekend of NBC Sports’ presentation of the first-ever all-women NHL broadcast, which featured the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on March 8, 2020 on NBCSN.
Kate Scott (play-by-play), A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (host) led last year’s broadcast and will anchor coverage of Saturday’s game. Kendall Coyne Schofield – who was also a member of last year’s NBCSN broadcast team – will play in the Chicago showcase and will be mic’d up for the game. Sports icon and social activist Billie Jean King will narrate the opening tease for Saturday’s coverage leading into the game.
Commemorating the anniversary of last year’s inaugural all-women NHL broadcast on NBCSN, NBC Sports and On Her Turf gathered the on-air commentary team of Scott, Mleczko and Coyne Schofield along with producers Rene Hatlelid and Kaitlin Urka and director Lisa Seltzer for a virtual roundtable to discuss the impact of the broadcast. Click here to watch the conversation.
On Her Turf, NBC Sports’ Female Empowerment brand, will present game coverage on NBCSN and will be integrated into the broadcast through graphics packages, as well as through cross-platform tactics including shoulder programming through social and digital and real-time coverage of the game.
The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) has partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks and Bauer Hockey to host a pair of 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour games in Chicago on March 6-7, with Saturday’s matchup at United Center live on NBCSN, followed by a game at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago.
Comprised of approximately 125 of the world’s best hockey players, the PWHPA was formed to advocate for and advance equity, fairness and opportunity in women’s professional hockey. Specifically, the group’s goal is to create a sustainable league that pays a living wage to players, provides appropriate elite-level resources (i.e. ice time, facilities, trainers, etc.) and invests in marketing that showcases the players and game. Supporting the series in Chicago, AT&T will serve as the local presenting sponsor.
ABOUT THE PWHPA
Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance and support a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women and future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Secret Dream Gap Tour, visit pwhpa.com.