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All-Female Broadcast for Hockey on International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, NBC Sports Network will use an all female crew to broadcast and produce the National Hockey League match-up game between the St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks. 

This event will mark the first time a game like this has been completely run by women. Among those participating in the broadcast are Olympic gold medalists Kendall Coyne Shofield, AJ Mleczko and Jenn Botterill, with sportscaster Katherine Tappen hosting.

“I’ve been broadcasting for 17 years, and yet, the very first broadcast I did with a female producer was two years ago,” said Tappen. “The fact that we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-female broadcast and production team tells me how far we’ve come in a very short time.”

Tappen went on to say she’s proud to be a part of this broadcast and hopes it inspires young women watching to follow their dreams because they’ve proven anything is possible.

Producer Kaitlin Urka, who pitched the idea, said this isn’t just any event. “These are professionals who are some of the best at what they do and do these jobs on a regular basis.” She added, “International Women’s Day just gives us a unique platform to celebrate their great work.”

The broadcast will honor women in hockey and female athletes all around. The game will air at 7p.m. eastern time, on International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th of this year.

The Realist Woman’s take:

So while I know very little about the NHL, I do know it is male-dominated and it’s usually men covering these games. You don’t have to know much about the sport to appreciate what they’re doing for International Women’s Day.

Female sports broadcasters tend to be dismissed with an assumption they lack expertise and are not considered an authority on sports in general. But this broadcast is an historic moment and a win for women. I hope this broadcast is the beginning of women running the show on a more consistent basis, outside of days commemorating women’s contributions.

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