NBC Sports Group To Provide Unprecedented Coverage Of 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship

Taylor Lipsett, pictured at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, will join the commentary team for the 2014 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships

STAMFORD, Conn. – International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey and NBC Sports Group have announced an unprecedented 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., culminating with live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

As part of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide complete streaming coverage of all 20 games from the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship, beginning on Sunday, April 26.

“Following the unprecedented live coverage of the final between Russia and the USA during Sochi 2014, we are delighted to be working with NBC Sports Group again to bring ice sled hockey to fans in one of its most prolific territories,” said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer. “The sport has gained huge popularity in the U.S. and worldwide in the last 12 months, and this agreement shows that major broadcasters are continuing to recognise the value and demand for para-sport, as well as representing a fantastic opportunity for new partners for Buffalo 2015.”

“We are thrilled to continue to work closely with the IPC to bring Paralympic sport to the U.S. audience,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group. “Team USA’s victory over Russia in the gold-medal final was one of the great stories of the Sochi Paralympic Games, and we’re excited to showcase sled hockey to a national audience once again.”

NBCSN will telecast up to three games featuring the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, beginning on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Team USA faces Italy in preliminary-round action, followed by a semifinal match on Friday, May 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Both games will air following live Stanley Cup Playoff coverage on NBCSN as same-day delay presentations, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Games airing on NBCSN will feature the game commentary team of Marc Zumoff (play-by-play), 2014 Sochi Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Andy Yohe, and two-time Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey medalist AJ Mleczko (reporter).

The commentary team for games exclusively streaming on Live Extra will feature retired three-time U.S. Paralympian Taylor Lipsett, from the Sochi 2014 gold-medal winning squad, and former Canadian hockey player and coach Brent Pope, who voiced ice sled hockey at Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014.

Team USA looks to build off of its performance at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, highlighted by a 1-0 win over Russia in the gold medal final, which was broadcast live on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream the USA-Russia preliminary-round matchup on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship follows its unprecedented coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which featured 52 hours of coverage across all five Paralympic winter sports.

NBC Sports Live Extra Coverage

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship coverage schedule:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun., April 26 Preliminary Group A - Norway vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A - Japan vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B - Germany vs. Italy NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B - Russia vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.

Mon., April 27 Preliminary Group A - Japan vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A - Norway vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B - Italy vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B - Germany vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.

Wed., April 29 Preliminary Group B - Germany vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B - Italy vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A - Czech Republic vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A - Japan vs. Norway NBC Sports Live Extra 9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B - Italy vs. Team USA * NBCSN 10:30 p.m.

Thur., April 30 Qualifying Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.

Fri., May 1 Semifinal Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Semifinal Round - TBA* NBCSN 10:30 p.m.

Sat., May 2 Qualifying Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round - TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.

Sun., May 3 Bronze-Medal Game NBC Sports Live Extra 11 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game NBCSN 2:30 p.m.

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April 16, 2015
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