Blackhawks and NBC Sports Chicago Collaborate on First Local Animated Sports Telecast, Set to Air on April 6
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Revolutionizing the Way We Watch Ice Hockey: Chicago Blackhawks Unveil First-Ever Animated Game with NBC Sports Chicago and NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks, in partnership with NBC Sports Chicago and the NHL, are set to produce a first-ever local animated game that aims to introduce the team’s fandom to a younger generation through engaging content. The animated presentation on NBCSCH+ will feature well-known broadcast talent such as Chris Vosters as play-by-play announcer, Dominic Moore providing in-game analysis, and Adam Burish and Tony Granato covering studio content for all ages during intermissions.

John Schippman, VP of Sports Content at NBCUniversal Local Chicago, expressed excitement about the opportunity to merge the talents of NBC Sports Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the NHL to create this unique viewing experience for families and younger fans. By leveraging NHL EDGE positional data and Hawk-Eye Innovations optical tracking, the presentation will bring the action on the ice to life in real-time, featuring Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk and other characters in a fun setting at the United Center.

In addition to the animated presentation, NBC Sports Chicago will also air the traditional game telecast with WGN Radio 720’s John Wiedeman handling play-by-play duties and Darren Pang providing expert game analysis. This dual broadcast approach allows fans of all ages to enjoy the game in different formats and adds another layer of excitement to the viewing experience.

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