During the NHL All-Star Break, I explained how MLB Advanced Media is changing the way how people look at hockey. Today, to help promote Saturday night’s Stadium Series game at Coors Field, NHL Network and MLB Network are cross-promoting by having some of each personalities appear on the other network. It all started yesterday when The Rink at Studio 42 was built:
Built in the same way the rinks were built at Wrigley Field for the 2009 Winter Classic, Fenway Park for the 2010 Winter Classic, Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Winter Classic, Dodger Stadium for the for the 2014 Stadium Series game in Los Angeles, Yankee Stadium for the for the 2014 Stadium Series games in New York, Nationals Park for the 2015 Winter Classic, and Coors Field for the for the 2016 Stadium Series game in Colorado, this 20′ x 40′ synthetic rink, built by xHockeyProducts (which was co-founded by former journeyman goaltender Peter Ing and 14-year NHL defenseman Bryce Salvador), will be used as a demonstration area like what the diamond in Studio 42 is used for on-field demos during MLB Tonight. This morning, NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes spoke with Hot Stove co-host and MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds and talked about how goaltenders prepare themselves to stop a shot in a similar fashion to a batter anticipating a pitch. After that, Reynolds tried his hand to put a puck past the former 11-year NHL goalie.
Tonight on MLB Tonight, NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp and MLB Network analyst “The Mayor” Sean Casey will participate in a shootout on The Rink at Studio 42. The rink will used all this week as NHL Network and MLB Network join forces to promote Saturday night’s Stadium Series game from Coors Field in Denver, so if you’re watching one, the other, or even both, you’ll get to see how baseball and hockey, two VERY different sports, are somehow connected.
UPDATE (2/24): This was the clip aired on MLB Tonight last night that featured Rupp and Casey:
UPDATE (2/26): Here’s all the full-length clip links from MLB Network’s NHL Week:
- Harold Reynolds and Kevin Weekes do a Hockey 101 Diamond Demo on Hot Stove: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544124283
- “Heidi’s Headlines” featuring Kevin Weekes on Intentional Talk: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544158083
- Sean Casey and Mike Rupp do a Goaltending 101 Diamond Demo on MLB Tonight: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544193283
- Matt Vasgersian and Ron Darling talk about growing up with 1970s Bruins on Hot Stove: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544260883
- Mike Rupp and Chris Rose play “How Well Do You Know Cleveland?” on Intentional Talk: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544296583
- Eric Byrnes and Mike Rupp do a Diamond Demo comparing running into outfield wall to running into the boards on MLB Tonight: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544309183
- E.J. Hradek, Chris Rose, and Kevin Millar play “Diamond vs. Rink” and “Pronounce That Name!” on Intentional Talk: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544456083
- Eric Byrnes and Kevin Weekes do a Diamond Demo comparing charging the mound to dropping the gloves on MLB Tonight: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/7417714/v544488583