COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NBC Sports Network will televise at least 13 games of the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, including all Team USA
games, all four quarterfinal games, a semifinal matchup and the gold-medal game. Team USA
opens play on Friday, May 4, with a preliminary-round game against France.
All Team USA
games will air live on NBC Sports Network, with the exception of its preliminary-round game on May 5, which will be aired later that night on delay, and a potential appearance in the gold-medal game (same-day delay).
NBC Sports Network will televise at least one semifinal game and the gold-medal game (same-day delay), regardless of whether or not Team USA
is playing in the contest.
"It's terrific to have the visibility for the Men's World Championship in the United States that comes with the games being televised on NBC Sports Network," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Their coverage last year was outstanding and we look forward to that continuing this year with expanded coverage."
Last year, NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) televised the IIHF Men's World Championship for the first time, and this year will air additional coverage, including all seven USA preliminary-round games and all four quarterfinal games live.
NBC Sports Network will also produce pre-game, intermission and post-game updates from the network's NHL studios in Stamford, Conn., providing viewers with expert analysis of the games before, during and after the action.
2012 IIHF World Men's Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 - Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden
Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EDT) Television
Fri., May 4 France Helsinki 12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 5 Canada Helsinki 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. NBC Sports Network
(Delay/10:30 p.m. ET)
Mon., May 7 Slovakia Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 10 Belarus Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Fri., May 11 Kazakhstan Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sun., May 13 Finland Helsinki 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Tues., May 15 Switzerland Helsinki 8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Thurs., May 17 Quarterfinals Helsinki TBD
NBC Sports Network (Live)
Sat., May 19 Semifinals Helsinki TBD
NBC Sports Network (TBD
Sun., May 20 Bronze-Medal Game Helsinki 4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m. NBC Sports Network (Live)
Gold-Medal Game Helsinki 8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network (Delay/9 p.m. ET)
Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)
Note: Broadcast schedule subject to change