CSN to look back on the history of the Bears Draft on the next installment of Bears Classics

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CSN to look back on the history of the Bears Draft on the next installment of Bears Classics

‘Bears Classics’ presented by Xfinity to debut Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on CSN

Narrated by Chicago Bears/Pro Football Hall of Fame legend DICK BUTKUS

Chicago, IL (April 24, 2017) – CSN Chicago and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Xfinity Emmy award-winning documentary series when the network will take a look back at the 81-year of the pro football draft and the Bears picks that turned out to be franchise-changers for the years that followed.     

Debuting Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 PM CT exclusively on CSN, Bears Classics will chronicle the most notable Bears draft picks in the team’s history.  It all started back in 1936, in Philadelphia.  That year, a group of executives from a young and prospering professional sports alliance gathered for a meeting.  Their mission was to conduct a fair and thoughtful process of choosing the best and brightest college players in the land to join the pro teams that represented the National Football League.

Now, 81 years later, The NFL Draft will return to where it all began in the “City of Brotherly Love.”  For 32 teams and for hundreds of young men, it's a life-changing time that can make or break careers. And for a nation of avid fans, the Draft has become a phenomenon of spring with all the drama of a Sunday Kickoff in the fall.

This hour-long installment of Bears Classics, subtitled The Chosen Ones, takes a look back at the top picks of the NFL's first franchise, highlighting the legendary players and executives who shaped the success of Chicago football.  Among the notable drafts highlighted include 1965, when future Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers were both chosen by the Bears in the 1st round, along with the 1983 Draft, which proved to be a day when the team acquired several impact players of their Super Bowl championship team just two years later. 

This edition of CSN’s Emmy-winning Bears Classics documentary series will once again be narrated by Chicago Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus.  Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-1973 and is credited for redefining the middle linebacker position.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.  CSN’s Sarah Lauch is the Executive Producer of Bears Classics, Willie Parker is the Producer, and Kevin Cross is the network’s Senior Director of News & Original Content.

In addition to the documentary narration by Butkus, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this edition of Bears Classics include exclusive interviews with the following individuals:

NEAL ANDERSON

Bears Running Back (1986 Draft, 1st round pick)

RICHARD DENT

Bears Defensive End (1983 Draft, 8th round pick)

MIKE DITKA

Bears Tight End (1961 Draft, 1st round pick)

GARY FENCIK

Bears Safety (1976 Draft, 10th round pick by Miami)

MATT FORTE

Bears Running Back (2008 Draft, 2nd round pick)

REX GROSSMAN

Bears Quarterback (2003 Draft, 1st round pick)

DAN HAMPTON

Bears Defensive End/Tackle (1979 Draft, 1st round pick)

TOMMIE HARRIS

Bears Defensive Tackle (2004 Draft, 1st round pick)

DEVIN HESTER

Bears Punt Returner/Wide Receiver (2006 Draft, 2nd round pick)

JIM MCMAHON

Bears Quarterback (1982 Draft, 1st round pick)

ED O’BRADOVICH

Bears Defensive End (1962 Draft, 7th round pick)

GALE SAYERS

Bears Running Back (1965 Draft, 1st round pick)

MIKE SINGLETARY

Bears Linebacker (1981 Draft, 2nd round pick)

BRIAN URLACHER

Bears Linebacker (2000 Draft, 1st round pick)

JERRY VAINISI

Bears General Manager (1983-86)

OTIS WILSON

Bears Linebacker (1980 Draft, 1st round pick)

Please note the following quotes from CSN’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: The Chosen Ones, debuting Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00 PM CT:

MIKE SINGLETARY (on not being drafted by any team in the first round): “I said ‘Lord, if you want me to play this game, let me get drafted by the Bears,’…and five seconds after I said that, my girlfriend came to the door and said ‘Mike, Mike, Mike, the Bears just drafted you’…it was like ‘Wow!  That was fast!"

MIKE DITKA (on making every play count): “You took the moment and you cherished it, and you played as hard as you could for as long as you could.  And that's the way I looked at football… I never took it for ‘oh boy, this is going to be here for a long time’ because you never really know.” 

JIM MCMAHON (on leadership): “That's the nature of the position, you have to assume a leadership role.  If they're not going to listen to you, you're not going to be very successful.  But I was lucky enough to play with those guys…they listened to me. They figured I knew what I was doing."

BRIAN URLACHER (on how to play the middle linebacker position): “Just a guy who can cover…a guy who can play the run, play the pass, a guy who likes contact.  You’ve got to understand the defense, you’ve got to know where everyone’s supposed to fit, also I guess a decently smart guy, because he has to know where everybody else fits in."

RICHARD DENT (on playing on the defensive line with William “The Refrigerator” Perry, who was the Bears first round pick in the ’85 Draft): "He made my job easier, and I tried to make his job easy.  Meaning that ‘Look William, I’m not going to let anybody hook me, so you don’t have to run from that a-hole to the b-hole or c-hole…you can just sit here and anchor.  Because I’m not letting nothing around me…and you’re not letting nothing inside of me."

CSN will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 PM and again on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 PM.  In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics.  Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from CSN’s team of Bears experts. 

2017 CSN BEARS/NFL DRAFT COVERAGE PROGRAMMING NOTES:  In regards to coverage of this year’s NFL Draft, CSN will provide viewers with three upcoming special editions of In the Loop Prime presented by State Farm this week (featuring hosts Chris Boden, former Bears standpoint Alex Brown, and veteran Bears/NFL expert Hub Arkush). 

  • On Wednesday (Apr. 26) at 10:30 PM, fans can look forward to In the Loop Prime: Bears Draft Preview for a detailed overview of the entire draft field and thoughts on who the Bears will likely take with their first round (3rd overall) pick. 
  • On Draft Night (Thu, Apr. 27) at 10:30 PM, CSN will carry In the Loop Prime: Bears Draft Recap featuring live reports from Halas Hall, along with live reaction from Philadelphia from the Bears top pick and a number of additional key picks throughout the league. 
  • Then, on Sunday (Apr. 30) at 10:30 PM, CSN will carry In the Loop Prime: Bears Draft Review, which will assess the entire draft from both a Bears and overall league perspective, along with featured interview with Bears management with their reflections on the draft. 

In addition, CSNChicago.com will provide 24/7 Draft coverage throughout the week with numerous stories and featured interviewed from “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin and its team of NFL experts.  For a deeper dive into the roster of this year’s top draft choices, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “Road to the Draft” section: CSNChicago.com/2017-nfl-draft.

Bulls/NBA Playoffs action returns to CSN

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Bulls/NBA Playoffs action returns to CSN

First Round Coverage Begins this Sunday, April 16 at 4:30 PM CT

Network to carry exclusive Bulls vs. Celtics “Hometown Call” coverage featuring Neil Funk & Stacey King!

CSN to air Games 1-4 in the Chicago Market (and Games 5 & 6 if nec.; Game 7 TBD)

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Bulls NBA Playoffs First Round telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Bulls post-game press conference, plus exclusive coverage from team practices and pre/post-game reports from Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill

“Bulls Playoffs Preview presented by State Farm” special airs TOMORROW NIGHT (Fri, Apr. 14) at 11:00 PM!

Chicago, IL (April 13, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is ready to deliver electrifying 2017 NBA Playoffs “Hometown Call” coverage as the Bulls, led by three-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler & three-time NBA Champion/12-time NBA All-Star/Chicago native Dwyane Wade, look to further extend their season in Eastern Conference first round action against two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas (the NBA’s third-leading scorer this season) and the #1-seed Boston Celtics.  CSN will be the exclusive “local” coverage home in the Chicago market to see live coverage of Games 1-4 (and Games 5 & 6 if necessary, Game 7 is TBD), featuring the always-entertaining Bulls announcing tandem of Neil Funk & Stacey King.

In addition -- EVERY Bulls/NBA Playoffs first round telecast on CSN, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

CSN’s Bulls/NBA Playoffs first round coverage gets underway this Sunday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 PM CT with a special, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light, featuring hosts Mark Schanowski, former Bulls center/four-time NBA Champion Will Perdue, and former University of Illinois/Bulls standout Kendall GillBulls Pregame Live will provide a complete Game 1 preview, analysis, interviews, along with the latest team/player news and updates from Bulls beat reporter Chuck Garfien & CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill

Then, at 5:30 PM, fans can look forward to the exclusive “Hometown Call” coverage of Game 1 between the Bulls and Celtics live from TD Garden in Boston, featuring Neil & Stacey with the game call.  Immediately following Sunday’s playoff opener and after every Bulls playoff game, CSN will carry Kia Bulls Postgame Live (hosted by Schanowski, Perdue, and Gill), featuring live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews.  (CSN’s complete Bulls first round coverage schedule is included in this release.)

 TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday, Apr. 14) at 11:00 PM, Bulls fans can look forward to an NBA Playoffs primer with Bulls Playoff Preview presented by State Farm.  This half-hour special, hosted by Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue, and Kendall Gill will provide a detailed, inside look at the Bulls vs. Celtics first round match-up, a recap of every regular season battle against the Celtics, along with the very latest player status updates, a recap of the entire regular season featuring key highlights, plus - player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire NBA Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.

Throughout the playoffs, viewers are also urged to tune in nightly to In The Loop at 6:30 PM & In the Loop Prime (presented by GMC at 10:00 & State Farm at 10:30PM) for the latest Bulls playoffs news, social media highlights, viral videos and much more, along with CSN Fast Break nightly at 12 midnight for a full recap of every NBA Playoffs match-up, including game recaps, next game previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league.  Plus – host David Kaplan and a panel of Bulls/NBA experts will deliver the hottest NBA Playoffs discussion and game breakdowns every weeknight on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (check your channel guide for specific times or visit CSNChicago.com for detailed listings).

In addition to its live stream of every first round playoff telecast, CSNChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive Bulls/NBA Playoffs content including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by Xfinity) providing insider access to head coach Fred Hoiberg addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill will be on-site -- for EVERY Bulls playoff game -- filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Goodwill will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @vgoodwill throughout the playoffs.  In addition, Bulls digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman (@markstrot) will also provide Bulls opponent perspective/reports on days of home games, along with providing Bulls and NBA Playoffs reports/features on the beat with Goodwill.  Follow @CSNBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center. Fans are also urged to follow Stacey King (@Stacey21King), Mark Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski), Will Perdue (@Will_Perdue32), Kendall Gill (@KendallG13), and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) for even more Bulls/NBA insider coverage.
  • Video highlights include interviews from game day/off day practices, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis via “Kia Bulls Postgame Live”
  • “Bulls Talk PODCAST” – Featuring Bulls Pre/Postgame Live host Mark Schanowski, analyst Kendall Gill, “Insider” Vincent Goodwill, and an array of special guests, CSN’s “Bulls Talk” podcast features in-depth Bulls discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the NBA Playoffs. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Bulls push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BullsTalk (CSNChicago.com/bulls) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. BullsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #BullsTalk podcast.
  • Fans can also follow and connect with CSN’s extensive Bulls coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with CSN talent), Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNChicago
  • CSNChicago.com, NBC Sports and ProBasketballTalk.com will also produce Bulls and NBA content in tandem throughout the playoffs, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
  • Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage on CSNChicago.com is presented by Toyota.

Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on CSN/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app:

CHICAGO BULLS vs. BOSTON CELTICS on CSN CHICAGO

* Game 1: Sun, April 16, 5:30 PMBulls at Celtics (TD Garden)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage on CSN begins at 4:30 PM with a special, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game; In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM & Mon, Apr. 17 at 3:30 PM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox at Minnesota game will air in its entirety on CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app), but will also air on the main CSN channel location from 3:00-4:30 PM (White Sox Pregame Live coverage begins at 2:30 PM, first pitch at 3:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

* Game 2: Tue, April 18, 7:00 PMBulls at Celtics (TD Garden)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Special Bulls-focused edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan at 5:30 PM, which will be followed by In the Loop at 6:00 PM; Bulls Pregame Live airs at 6:30 PM with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game; In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM & Wed, Apr. 19 at 3:00 PM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox at NY Yankees game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app) (White Sox Pregame Live at 5:30 PM, first pitch at 6:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area).

* Game 3: Fri, April 21, 6:00 PMBulls vs. Celtics (United Center)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: United Center remote edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan at 5:00 PM; Bulls Pregame Live at 5:30 PM/Bulls Postgame Live after the game, both shows from the UC; game replay at 12:30 AM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox vs. Cleveland game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app) (White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 PM, first pitch at 6:30 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area) (This game will ALSO be joined in progress on the main CSN channel location immediately following Bulls Postgame Live).

-- IMPORTANT FIRE NOTE:  The Fire at Toronto MLS game at 6:00 PM (currently scheduled to air on CSN+) will move to CSN+2 (Specific CSN+2 channel location details will be available here: csnchicago.com/channel-finder) (This Fire game will also re-air in its entirety on CSN+ at 11:00 PM). 

* Game 4: Sun, April 23, 5:30 PMBulls vs. Celtics (United Center)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Bulls Pregame Live begins at 5:00 PM with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game (both shows taking place at the United Center); In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage)

* Game 5:  Wed, Apr. 26 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls at Celtics (TD Garden) (if necessary)

* Game 6: Fri, Apr. 28 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls vs. Celtics (United Center) (if necessary)

* Game 7:  Sun, April 30 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls at Celtics (TD Garden) (if necessary)

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Blackhawks return to Stanley Cup Playoffs action this week on CSN!

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Blackhawks return to Stanley Cup Playoffs action this week on CSN!

Round 1 Coverage vs. Nashville Predators Begins THURSDAY NIGHT (Apr. 13) LIVE from the United Center beginning at 5:00 PM CT;

Face-off at 7:00 PM featuring Hall of Famers Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call!

CSN to Air Exclusive Local Coverage of Games 1, 3 & 4 in the Chicago Market (and Games 6-7 if nec.; Game 5 TBD)

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows –

to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Blackhawks post-game press conference, plus exclusive coverage from team practices and pre/post-game reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers;

“Blackhawks Playoff Preview presented by Chevy” special airs Wednesday Night at 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM!

Chicago, IL (April 10, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the 2016-17 National Hockey League Western Conference regular season champion Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans the thrilling excitement of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with exclusive, local Round 1 coverage of the Western Conference Playoffs as the Blackhawks take on the Central Division rival Nashville Predators.  CSN will be the exclusive local coverage home in the Chicago market to see Game 1 from the United Center and Games 3 & 4 from Bridgestone Arena (NOTE: If necessary, CSN will also carry Game 6 from Bridgestone Arena & Game 7 from the United Center; Game 5 is TBD).  Plus, every CSN Stanley Cup Playoff game telecast will once again be presented in a high-definition (HD) format.

In addition -- EVERY Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoff Round 1 telecast on CSN, including surrounding Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

CSN’s Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage gets underway with Game 1 Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 PM CT (or immediately following “Cubs Postgame Live”) with a special, Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado LIVE from the United Center, featuring a detailed Blackhawks-Predators Game 1 discussion with a Blackhawks experts and a number of special guests.  At 5:30 PM, CSN will present a Blackhawks/hockey-centric edition of In the Loop presented by Comcast Business (featuring hosts Luke Stuckmeyer and Leila Rahimi also LIVE from the United Center).  Then at 6:00 PM, fans can look forward to a special ONE-HOUR United Center edition of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers with a complete Game 1 and overall series preview, plus detailed analysis and a number of player/coaches interviews.  Opening face-off for Game 1 is set for 7:00 PM featuring CSN’s Hall of Fame Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the expert play-by-play and analysis, plus – CSN’s Blackhawks reporter Chris Boden and CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will provide in-stadium reports throughout the first round for all CSN telecasts.  Immediately following every playoff game, Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by HawkAuto.com will feature live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews (NOTE: CSN’s complete Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 coverage schedule is included in this release). 

On Wednesday night (Apr. 12) at 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a Stanley Cup Playoffs primer with Blackhawks Playoff Preview presented by Chevy.  This half-hour special, hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will provide a detailed, inside look at the Blackhawks vs. Predators first round match-up, a recap of every regular season battle against the Predators, along with the very latest player status updates, a recap of the regular season featuring key highlights, plus - player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.

Throughout the playoffs, viewers are also urged to tune in nightly to In The Loop (presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, GMC at 10:00 & State Farm at 10:30PM) for the latest Blackhawks playoffs news, social media highlights, viral videos and much more, along with CSN Fast Break nightly at 12 midnight for a full recap of every Stanley Cup Playoffs match-up, including game recaps, next game previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league.  Plus – host David Kaplan and a panel of Blackhawks/NHL experts will deliver the hottest Stanley Cup discussion and game breakdowns every weeknight on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (check your channel guide for specific times or visit CSNChicago.com for detailed listings).

In addition to its live stream of every first round playoff telecast, CSNChicago.com will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs content including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by HawkAuto.com) providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will be on-site -- for EVERY Blackhawks playoff game -- filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TramyersCSN throughout the playoffs.  In addition, Blackhawks digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) will also provide Blackhawks opponent perspective/reports on days of home games, along with providing Blackhawks and Stanley Cup Playoffs reports/features on the beat with Myers.  Follow @CSNBlackhawks on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center. Fans are also urged to follow Eddie Olczyk (@EddieOlczyk), Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle), Steve Konroyd (@Stevekonroyd), Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers), and Chris Boden (@CSNBoden) for even more Blackhawks/NHL insider coverage.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks playoff game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by HawkAuto.com.
  • “Blackhawks Talk PODCAST” (presented by Vivid Seats) – Featuring Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live host Pat Boyle, “Insider” Tracey Myers, and an array of special guests, CSN’s “Blackhawks Talk” podcast features in-depth Blackhawks discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Blackhawks push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BlackhawksTalk (CSNChicago.com/blackhawks) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. BlackhawksTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #BlackhawksTalk podcast.
  • CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the playoffs to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization. 
  • Fans can also follow and connect with CSN’s extensive Blackhawks coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with CSN talent), Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNChicago
  • CSNChicago.com, NBC Sports and ProHockeyTalk.com will also produce Blackhawks and NHL content in tandem throughout the playoffs, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
  • Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage on CSNChicago.com is presented by Toyota.

Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on CSN/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS on CSN CHICAGO

* Game 1: Thu, April 13, 7:00 PMBlackhawks vs. Predators (United Center)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 coverage on CSN begins at 5:00 PM (or immediately following “Cubs Postgame Live”) with a special Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live from the United Center, which will be followed by UC Blackhawks-hockey centric edition of In the Loop at 5:30 PM; leading into a special ONE-HOUR edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:00 PM with Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game.  In the Loop Prime immediately follows Postgame Live with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM)

* Game 2: Sat, April 15 at approx. 9:30 PM – ‘Blackhawks Postgame Live’ on CSN & CSNChicago.com (LIVE from the United Center) (NOTE: CSN will replay Game 2 on Sunday, April 16 at NOON)

* Game 3: Mon, April 17, 8:30 PMBlackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 6:00 PM; In the Loop at 6:30 PM; Blackhawks All-Access playoffs special at 7:00 PM; One-hour edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:30 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game; followed by an expanded edition of CSN Fast Break with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM)

-- IMPORTANT CUBS NOTE:  The Cubs vs. Milwaukee game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app) (Cubs Pregame Live at 6:30 PM, first pitch at 7:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area).

* Game 4: Thu, April 20 (TIME TBD) Blackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 5:  Sat, April 22 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks vs. Predators (United Center Center) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 6:  Mon, April 24 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 7:  Wed, April 26 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks vs. Predators (United Center) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

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