MSG Network Launches New Series with Rangers Coach
“The AV Squad” Featuring Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault to Debut
Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
New York, NY (November 4, 2013) - MSG Network announced today that its new original program “The AV Squad,” featuring New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, will debut on Thursday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. leading into MSG’s coverage of the Rangers-Blue Jackets game at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Pidto, the biweekly program will feature Vigneault and other coaches and players, as they take fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Rangers with special access to practice, film room sessions and in-depth player analysis.
In addition to candid conversation between Pidto and Vigneault, “The AV Squad” will include a number of running segments. In “You Asked For It,” Vigneault will answer questions from fans that were recorded at games or sent in via MSG.com and Twitter. “The Film Room” will feature Vigneault, or one of his coaches, as he breaks down film and discusses team strategy. In “Open Mic,” viewers get to listen in as a member of the coaching staff or a player is mic’ed up during a practice or game.
In this week’s episode, Vigneault talks about scoring one of his two NHL goals at Madison Square Garden, as he jokes with Pidto about his “fabulous 42 games as a pro.” Vigneault also talks about the incredible contribution of Goaltending Coach Benoit Allaire in the development of Cam Talbot and how special it was to be a part of opening night at Madison Square Garden.
MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Upstate New York only), New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 135 live college basketball games and over 35 live college football games from top national conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big East), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2013, MSG Networks received 18 New York Emmy Awards, including 16 for MSG and one each for MSG+ and MSG.com. MSG’s 85 Emmys over the past six years are more than any single network or station in the region during that time.
For more information, visit www.msg.com and www.facebook.com/MSGNetworks, and on Twitter follow @MSGNetworks and use #AVSquad to join the conversation.
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