Yes, the Bruins regular season schedule has already started when they traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic for two games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th.
Now that the team is back from Prague, and ready to take on the Devils in New Jersey on Saturday night, NESN will deliver live and exclusive high definition (HD) coverage of up to 72 Boston Bruins games during the 2010/11 season, the network’s 26th season covering Bruins hockey.
Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer sees that there is interest in the Bruins and top draft pick Tyler Seguin citing the fact that “over 25,000 Bruins fans showed up at TD Garden in September to get an early glimpse of Tyler Seguin and the Bruins rookies.” The network’s coverage will attempt to take advantage of that interest, starting with tonight’s season preview with Andy Brickley.
Here is an overview of what NESN has planned this season for Bruins coverage.
The Broadcast Team
Jack Edwards (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (color analyst) return for their sixth season together in the NESN broadcast booth. They will be joined by reporter Naoko Funayama who enters her third season with the network. Kathryn Tappen will once again lead NESN’s studio team as host of WB Mason Bruins Face-Off Live, NESN’s intermission coverage and Bruins Overtime Live presented by Ace Ticket. She will once again be joined by former Bruins favorites Mike Milbury, Barry Pederson, and Gord Kluzak.
The Bricks: 2010/11 Bruins Season Preview
Andy Brickley will set the stage for the regular season on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM with The Bricks: 2010/11 Bruins Season Preview; a half-hour special that will look ahead to the coming season and introduce Bruins fans to the team’s exciting off-season additions. Brickley will also make his pre-season predictions about the Bruins and the rest of the league and look back at the team’s season opening trip to Prague.
The Big Bad Bruins Show with Kathryn Tappen
NESN will launch a new weekly show called The Big Bad Bruins Showon Saturday, October 23 at 6:00 PM. Hosted by Kathryn Tappen, the Original NESN Entertainment production will feature in-depth one-on-one conversations with Bruins players, a regular segment with Bruins President Cam Neely, and weekly reports from reporter Naoko Funayama.
The Instigators with Mike Milbury
The Instigatorswith Mike Milbury will return for its third season on Thursday, October 28 at 10:30 PM. Milbury holds back nothing when sharing his opinions on the hottest issues and latest controversies in the NHL. Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will once again mix it up with Milbury on a regular basis along with other special guest commentators including another episode this winter featuring former Bruins coach and hockey icon Don Cherry.
NESN’s in-depth coverage of the Bruins also extends online with NESN.com’s Bruins beat writer Doug Flynn providing daily Bruins news and analysis along with a live blog during every game. Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Kathryn Tappen and Naoko Funayama will also contribute regularly over the course of the season. NESN.com offers the network’s best Bruins highlights and interviews in addition to interactive fan forums, polls, photo galleries, quizzes and Top 10 Bruins prospect lists.
NESN’s Bruins coverage also extends to fans outside New England who subscribe to a sports package that includes NESN National, the network’s national television service. NESN’s pre and post-game shows, Bruins in 2 replays, Bruins Classic games, The Bricks, The Big Bad Bruins Show and The Instigators are all available to NESN National subscribers throughout the season. NESN’s Bruins game broadcasts can also be enjoyed outside New England by purchasing the NHL Center Ice package.