NBCSN will debut NHL Game Changers | All-Time Greats, a 30-minute roundtable discussion featuring Stanley Cup champions and NHL legends Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, this Wednesday, May 17, at midnight ET. Hosted by five-time Sports Emmy Award-winner, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member, and lead NHL play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick, NHL Game Changers will air following coverage of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators.
Filmed in Los Angeles, Calif., during NHL All-Star Weekend, Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux, Crosby, and Toews discuss a wide range of topics including the current state of the sport, playing in the Olympics, winning the Stanley Cup, Connor McDavid and other up-and-coming NHL stars, what it would have been like to play against each other, and Orr’s famous 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal.
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Emrick: “I thought it would take the mythological hockey gods and a handful of thunderbolts to get these five together in one room, and for me to have a seat among them. I was wrong about the gods and thunderbolts. We just needed our Executive Producer, the very much alive Sam Flood. As we walked onto the set, I mentioned to Bobby… ‘If I’d never done a Stanley Cup Final before, this would be it!’ This experience is one of my all-time hockey memories. I hope it is for the viewers as well.”
Gretzky: “I’m a big believer that winning and being a champion is important to a guy’s career. The great players win the Stanley Cup. So when you finally lift it for the first time, it’s so emotional and so overwhelming that you can’t believe it. It’s incredibly surreal and very special.”
Orr: “I didn’t feel shortchanged about anything. I was very lucky. I got to realize the dream of winning the Stanley Cup. I’m sitting with this group right now. I wish I had played longer, but I have nothing to complain about.”
Crosby: “I don’t know if I could handle playing against those guys (Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux). We’re a little softer (laughing). Watching the passion and comradery of them play was special.”
Lemieux: “There would be a few more 5 on 3s for Wayne and I. It’s a different game now. It’s a speed game, but probably every great player would adapt to the era they are playing in.”
Toews: “I’m pinching myself right now. It’s incredible to just be sitting here at this table.”
Encore presentations of NHL Game Changers | All-Time Greats will air throughout NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue this week with the Eastern and Western Conference Finals on NBC and NBCSN, as the Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, and defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup in June.
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final takes place tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins host Erik Karlsson and the Senators. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live. Wednesday’s coverage of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final begins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live.