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The puck drops on a new era for the NHL as the league moves to ESPN and Turner Sports this season under a multi-year broadcast rights deal.

For Turner Sports, it represents a unique opportunity to bring TNT’s signature style and production values to the league, having not been a broadcast partner before.

A first-of-its-kind set has been built for the “NHL on TNT” coverage in Studio F at Turner Studios in Atlanta, which previously housed the “MLB on TBS” set before its move to Studio D.

“We really wanted to do something unprecedented and really make a splash with our broadcast,” said Steve Fiorello, VP, coordinating director, Turner Sports. “We wanted something that embodied the NHL but also has the Turner kind of feel to it as well.”

To create this unique feel, the set design channels the look of a modern stadium with larger-than-life display technology and streaks of light combined with the elements of hockey, such as ice, sweat and steam. This also ties into the larger branding theme of TNT’s design system, known as black ice.

Studio F for the “NHL on TNT.” Photos courtesy of Jeremy Freeman/Turner Sports.

Working with Jack Morton Worldwide, the set also has a few tricks that allow it to evolve with TNT’s coverage.

Projection mapping technology, often seen at events and in theatre, has been integrated inside the studio – along with a variety of lighting cues from The Lighting Design Group’s Niel Galen – to allow the set to quickly transform looks.

This system, which has not been seen on a sport set before, uses eight Barco projectors with angular lenses mounted in the lighting grid to create a 360-degree canvas across the set’s walls and floor with rendering from a Disguise server.

“The studio has nearly 28 million projected pixels to play with and 220,000 lumens of light output, along with really effective scenic elements to map,” said Joshua Weisberg, president of Navolo Audio-Video, who provided the projection layout and modeling.

The inspiration for this unique collaboration came from research in the event world, where an unveiling for a car caught Fiorello’s eye. This event paired display technology and projection mapping to create a variety of unique effects.

Fiorello noted how the car company was able to transform a small space through the projection mapping to make the car appear to be in motion, something they hope to also capture inside the studio.

“One of the unique things about the projection mapping is it’s tied to all of the LED (display technology) that we have on the set,” said Fiorello. “All the projection mapping and the LEDs speak to each other. So if there’s an effect in the LED wall, it’s going to affect the projection mapping as well and all the graphics that are being projected onto the wall.”

On the design side, nodes to hockey are worked into the studio space from subtle hockey-styled elements to the shape of the set itself, which mirrors that of an ice rink.

Rendering of Studio F, courtesy of Jack Morton Worldwide.

Studio F includes over 1,000 square feet of LED tiles with the two primary screens at 1.57mm pixel pitch. Fronting one of these displays is the main anchor desk, which utilizes custom LED titles and edge-lit “ice shards” with a hockey stick-shaped surround. 

The set’s walls feature varying shades of grey with subtle reveals to add light effects on texture micro-patterning.

Two tracking 86 inch monitors provide further flexibility for bump shots while a 45-degree “crack” reveals another LED display for standups.

“We really feel and hope that viewers at home view this set and the talent … as the new home of the NHL,” said Fiorello.

“I think what we’ve done in the design and the approach was very much collaborative. We really reached out to all different types of media to find that unique blend of what we do at Turner and something unique that represents the NHL.”

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Welsh, Guay among women to work as American Hockey League officials

NHL.com 13 October, 2021 - 12:13am

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When Kirsten Welsh graduated from Robert Morris University in 2019, after her four-year Division I hockey career, she had no real way to continue in the sport and remain in Pittsburgh. Playing overseas didn't work. The National Women's Hockey League didn't work.

And then an assistant coach at Robert Morris got a call from Stephen Walkom, NHL director of officiating, asking if any players might be interested in attending the 2019 Exposure Combine, a yearly event designed to introduce former players to officiating and identify potential officials for the NHL and other leagues.

Two years -- and two trips to the Exposure Combine later -- Welsh is part of a group of 10 women breaking barriers, joining the AHL roster of officials for the 2021-22 season. Katie Guay will be the first woman to ever officiate an AHL game, when Lehigh Valley visits Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Oct. 16.

Referees Kelly Cooke, Jacqueline Zee Howard, Samantha Hiller, Laura White, Elizabeth Mantha -- the sister of Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha -- and Amanda Tassoni will all make their AHL debuts in October. Linespersons Alexandra Clarke, who will be working in the Western Hockey League, Kendall Hanley and Welsh will make their AHL debuts later.

It's a big moment for women in the sport.

"I think they've just earned the opportunity to work at the next level, to work at the professional level," Walkom said. "I think that Katie is a great example of that Division I athlete that got into officiating, became great at it, is great at it."

Guay, a referee, and Welsh, a linesperson, are at the opposite ends of the officiating spectrum. Guay, who played at Brown, entered the officiating world in 2006 and has been working games for 15 years. She officiated at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, one of eight IIHF tournaments she's worked. She has refereed in both men's and women's Division I hockey, was part of the first-ever all-female officiating crew at the 2019 NCAA Women's Frozen Four and was the first woman to officiate the men's Beanpot Championship, in 2019.

Welsh, meanwhile, is just starting out. She became the first woman to officiate an Ontario Hockey League game Sept. 30.

"I just want to make the AHL proud," she said, noting how hard she and other women have worked to earn the promotion. "I want to deserve this spot. I don't want to just be put in here because I'm a girl. I want to deserve this spot."

Both Guay and Welsh have seen their careers and their prospects bolstered by attendance at the Exposure Combine in 2019 and 2021 -- the 2020 version was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- and by participating in the 2020 Mentorship Program, an NHL initiative to have NHL officials work with elite female officials to spur conversation on the profession, including tips, tricks and advice.

It's no surprise to those who have followed her career that Guay is among the group rising to this level. Two years ago, when she became the first woman to officiate in the Beanpot, longtime NHL referee Paul Stewart, who is the director of officiating for ECAC hockey, said, "If I had to pick from all the women that I've seen, at every level, that could break the glass ceiling in the NHL, she could," praising her skating in particular.

"My goal had always been the Olympics and so, when I had that opportunity in 2018, that's what I had been focused on for so long and that was a long-term dream and a long run to get there," Guay said. "I thought I made it to the top. It was around that time frame that the opportunity to attend the Exposure Combine came up, and so it was great to be able to then set my sights on a new goal and aim bigger."

It has allowed, as she said, for the women who have been working for years to see that recognized, to have it noticed. It has also allowed others, who, like Welsh, may never have known this was an option to remain in the game, and even reach the professional ranks.

"Any time people are given a chance and new paths are formed, it opens eyes for others to dream bigger," Guay said.

At this point, that's the AHL. But the NHL remains a realistic goal for the upcoming generation of women.

"I've said before we're going to see a day when we see women working professional hockey, and that day is coming real quick," Walkom said. "One day, we will see women in the NHL. It's just a matter of time."

The jump to the AHL is, as Walkom said, "a wicked test for any official," with the increased pace and difficulty of the professional ranks. But it's one that he believes these women are ready for. It's a chance they know they've earned, and they hope that not only can they continue to progress in their own careers, but that other women will see this as a legitimate path forward in hockey.

"All these women are working in the second-best league in the world," Walkom said. "They too can do it. There's a place for great officials in hockey, and they just need to get out and try it and stay with it to see if they love it."

It has become a viable career choice, and one they are so happy to have.

"You're serving the game," Welsh said. "That's all I really could ever ask for in alternative career in hockey is being able to still be inside the class, skate with the players. Doing what I love."

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VANCOUVER -- Travis Hamonic won't start the season with the Vancouver Canucks, but general manager Jim Benning said he expects the defenseman to join the team after reporting to their American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford after clearing waivers Monday.

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American Hockey League to have 10 female officials this year

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Ten female officials will work games in the American Hockey League this season, the highest level that women have reached in that position in professional hockey.

Katie Guay on Saturday will become the first woman to referee an AHL game. Guay, fellow referees Kelly Cooke, Jacqueline Zee Howard, Laura White, Samantha Hiller, Elizabeth Mantha and Amanda Tasson and linespeople Kendall Hanley, Kirsten Welsh and Alexandra Clarke are among 17 new AHL officials this season.

"It's been on our radar for a while now," AHL president and CEO Scott Howson told The Associated Press by phone Monday. "They've got good experience. Whether it's Olympics, college hockey — both men's and women's — they've done some NHL prospect tournaments. It's just time now for them to graduate into a higher level of pro hockey."

Many of the women participated in officiating combines run by the NHL and AHL in recent years. Guay, Cooke, Welsh and Hanley were also selected to work NHL prospect tournaments in 2019.

All 10 female officials went through a mentorship program last year run by the NHL and NHL Officiating Association, which supplemented the on- and off-ice training many got from combines.

Working in the AHL is another step toward the possibility of female officials in the NHL, much like the NFL and NBA already have. 

"This is a huge step, all of these women going into professional hockey," NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said. "They've all earned it and should be recognized for it."

The NHL and AHL have worked closely to develop a pipeline for officials, both men and women, to move through the pro ranks. The women's world hockey championship was another place for NHL scouting and development director Al Kimmel to unearth talent for the officiating side.

That scouting now moves to AHL rinks this season.

"Everybody that works in the American Hockey League is a prospect from an officiating side because our scouting and development team is there and we get to see them to see how they manage professional hockey, how they call the game, can they keep up with the pace of professional hockey because it's the second best league in the world," Walkom said. "From our side, we want to support them in this next step, and, sure, we hope that one day we have both men and women conquering the American Hockey League so that we have a great supply of officials all in turn for the NHL."

Howson pointed to Kim Ng becoming the first female general manager in Major League Baseball and strides in hockey scouting and development, and hopes the AHL adding female officials shows how opportunities for women are growing in the sport. 

"It's opening up doors," Howson said. "We all play at the highest level we can, and then sometimes we're just not able to advance as far as we want, and this is another way where you can take a different path and get to a different level, a higher level."

Guay, who refereed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and has worked Division I games, feels ready for the next step in her career, which could eventually lead to the NHL.

"Everybody in the AHL arenas strives to get to that next point, and certainly for me this is my entry point to the AHL and now it's time to perform out there just like everybody else on the ice," said Guay, who will work the Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins game Saturday. "For them to be able to put myself and these other women into these games, it shows they have confidence in us. To know that certainly helps me as I'm ready to get out there to drop that first puck."

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TNT creates studio inspired by the environment for NHL coverage with unique projection mapping tech

NewscastStudio 11 October, 2021 - 02:31pm

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The puck drops on a new era for the NHL as the league moves to ESPN and Turner Sports this season under a multi-year broadcast rights deal.

For Turner Sports, it represents a unique opportunity to bring TNT’s signature style and production values to the league, having not been a broadcast partner before.

A first-of-its-kind set has been built for the “NHL on TNT” coverage in Studio F at Turner Studios in Atlanta, which previously housed the “MLB on TBS” set before its move to Studio D.

“We really wanted to do something unprecedented and really make a splash with our broadcast,” said Steve Fiorello, VP, coordinating director, Turner Sports. “We wanted something that embodied the NHL but also has the Turner kind of feel to it as well.”

To create this unique feel, the set design channels the look of a modern stadium with larger-than-life display technology and streaks of light combined with the elements of hockey, such as ice, sweat and steam. This also ties into the larger branding theme of TNT’s design system, known as black ice.

Studio F for the “NHL on TNT.” Photos courtesy of Jeremy Freeman/Turner Sports.

Working with Jack Morton Worldwide, the set also has a few tricks that allow it to evolve with TNT’s coverage.

Projection mapping technology, often seen at events and in theatre, has been integrated inside the studio – along with a variety of lighting cues from The Lighting Design Group’s Niel Galen – to allow the set to quickly transform looks.

This system, which has not been seen on a sport set before, uses eight Barco projectors with angular lenses mounted in the lighting grid to create a 360-degree canvas across the set’s walls and floor with rendering from a Disguise server.

“The studio has nearly 28 million projected pixels to play with and 220,000 lumens of light output, along with really effective scenic elements to map,” said Joshua Weisberg, president of Navolo Audio-Video, who provided the projection layout and modeling.

The inspiration for this unique collaboration came from research in the event world, where an unveiling for a car caught Fiorello’s eye. This event paired display technology and projection mapping to create a variety of unique effects.

Fiorello noted how the car company was able to transform a small space through the projection mapping to make the car appear to be in motion, something they hope to also capture inside the studio.

“One of the unique things about the projection mapping is it’s tied to all of the LED (display technology) that we have on the set,” said Fiorello. “All the projection mapping and the LEDs speak to each other. So if there’s an effect in the LED wall, it’s going to affect the projection mapping as well and all the graphics that are being projected onto the wall.”

On the design side, nodes to hockey are worked into the studio space from subtle hockey-styled elements to the shape of the set itself, which mirrors that of an ice rink.

Rendering of Studio F, courtesy of Jack Morton Worldwide.

Studio F includes over 1,000 square feet of LED tiles with the two primary screens at 1.57mm pixel pitch. Fronting one of these displays is the main anchor desk, which utilizes custom LED titles and edge-lit “ice shards” with a hockey stick-shaped surround. 

The set’s walls feature varying shades of grey with subtle reveals to add light effects on texture micro-patterning.

Two tracking 86 inch monitors provide further flexibility for bump shots while a 45-degree “crack” reveals another LED display for standups.

“We really feel and hope that viewers at home view this set and the talent … as the new home of the NHL,” said Fiorello.

“I think what we’ve done in the design and the approach was very much collaborative. We really reached out to all different types of media to find that unique blend of what we do at Turner and something unique that represents the NHL.”

ESPN, TNT take different approaches to promote upcoming NHL season

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