For the first time since his days on CRL, popular (and sometimes mean online) former Capital Alan May will host his very own show. On Ice With Alan May will debut Wednesday night at 8 PM on NBC Sports Washington. During May’s first episode, he will go over the strictly-enforced face-off rules and explain the difficulties defensemen face when playing on their weak side. He plans to explain advanced statistics in later episodes.
“I’m beyond excited and extremely grateful for this opportunity,” May said in an interview. “The network has been incredible to me from day one and this is another extension of their confidence and belief in my hard work over the years.”
Many of the topics May will explain will include him being out on the ice and giving real time example.
“My goal is to show the fans some things they may not pick up on in a game without being condescending,” May said. “Hopefully they’ll recognize and pick up on some of these situations while watching a game.”
The show also illustrates NBC Sports Washington’s dedication to bring even more original hockey content to their schedule, which already includes hours of analysis, fan interaction, and content before and after games. May’s intelligence and experience in the NHL should help teach new and old hockey fans alike a few new things so they can better understand the nuance of hockey.
CSN originally announced May’s new show in a press release on September 14.
Bethesda, Md. (Sept. 14, 2017) – CSN Mid-Atlantic, which will become NBC Sports Washington on Oct. 2, and the Washington Capitals have announced the team’s 77-game regional television schedule for the 2017-18 NHL season, which features 71 regular-season games and six preseason contests. As previously announced, NBCSN and NBC will combine to present exclusive national coverage of 11 Capitals games this season.
CSN’s live Capitals coverage, which will continue to be available to stream live on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app, will begin with the preseason opener at New Jersey on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and will include six of the team’s seven exhibition games. Monumental Sports Network will simulcast CSN’s live coverage of the Sept. 27 exhibition game against the Devils. CSN’s regular-season schedule will start with the Capitals’ season opener Oct. 5 at Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.
CSN’s live coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, game analyst Craig Laughlin and reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 21st consecutive season together. Analyst Alan May and Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir will again contribute regularly to game coverage.
This season, CSN will expand its gameday coverage to include 2.5 hours of live Capitals news, analysis, commentary and entertainment with a pair of new shows. Caps FaceOff will be presented for a half hour leading into pregame show Caps GameTime. After games, Caps Overtime will extend postgame coverage for up to an hour following Caps Extra. The new shows will be fan-focused, allowing Caps fans to participate in coverage of the day’s most compelling topics and storylines.
Caps FaceOff and Caps Overtime will be moderated by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen and will feature a panel of rotating contributors, including Courtney Laughlin. Led by host Rob Carlin, Caps GameTime and Caps Extra will include analyst May with contributions from Brent Johnson, Beninati, Laughlin, Koken and El-Bashir.
CSN’s coverage this season will be greatly expanded across every platform throughout the day. CSN’s website, mobile app and social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, will serve fan-focused video, audio, editorial and interactive content through every day-part. In the morning, the podcast Caps DriveTime will join Wake Up Call, a short-form interactive Caps experience delivered via alerts, social media and email that will provide “on-the-go” content on multiple platforms throughout the day.
CSN’s digital media properties, including CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, will also be rebranded under the NBC Sports Washington name on Oct. 2. Fans can follow Capitals coverage on Twitter at @CSNCapitals and can follow CSN on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNMA.
In addition to expanded game-day and multiplatform content, CSN will also deliver more Capitals-related feature programming this season. These specials, presented primarily on non-game days, aim to keep fans engaged with behind-the scenes coverage of the team and players with a focus on storytelling and will include programs like On Ice with Alan May.
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