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The Many Faces Behind an NHL Gameday

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It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to bring fans all the information and entertainment that they need for an NHL gameday. From details about line rushes, injury updates, player interviews, and just general fun, women are playing more roles than ever in bringing fans all they need to enjoy their day at the arena.

Social Media Coordinator

One of the main roles that most people are likely familiar with is the role of a social media manager. The social media manager works very closely with team photographers and graphic designers to upload photos and videos throughout a gameday. This content can range from fun practice videos to crazy goals or saves for the team. Fans who can’t attend the games in person usually look to the team’s official social media for information about what is happening on a gameday and to see highlights of their team playing.

The social media coordinator will also work closely with the reporters, writing staff, and communications staff to get information out to the fans. This information can range from injury updates, press releases about coaching staff or players, and any other general or specific information that the team wants to make fans aware of. It is the social media coordinator’s job to make sure that all of this information is shared in a quick and efficient manner, as fans are always expecting updates about their favorite teams.

Team Beat Reporter

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The team beat reporter and writers are vital to getting information out to the fans. They are the ones who usually interview players and coaching staff in the locker room before and after games, and later write articles about what they said and how it affects the team in general. They write articles about big events happening for the team, big landmarks for the players, game recaps, and anything else that they think fans should be made aware of. 

The team writers and reporters are usually very close with the players, as they want the players to feel like they are there to make their voices heard. Players will usually end up sharing more information about their lives and their game with the reporters who are employed by the team, rather than just any reporter from a sports news site, as they usually know more about them and tend to write more positive articles about the team they are employed by.

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In-Arena Host

Arena hosts have a very different job than the previous two. Their main job is to make sure crowds in the arenas are having fun and are entertained throughout their time at the game. They usually host games and fun activities during breaks in the game to make sure that the fans stay engaged and energetic enough to continue to cheer on their team. They let fans know of any promotions that are going on and let them know about other events that are happening with the team around the community.

Arena hosts can also occasionally be called to host and entertain for events around the team’s city. They are there to be a positive voice for their team throughout their community, and want to make sure that fans at the games and events have an enjoyable experience. 

TV Host

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The role of a TV host in the NHL is very broad and contains lots of different roles on and off camera. Overall, their main job is to inform people watching the game from home about what is going on in the arena and at the game. 

There are three main types of TV hosting jobs in the NHL. The first is a rinkside reporter, who will go to the bench during warm ups to interview players, get mid-game reactions from the coaching staff, and talk to a few players during the intermissions. Their main job is to get the voices of the players and coaching staff heard by the fans.

The next role is that of game commentator. There are usually two people behind the microphone who talk about what is going on in real time for fans who are watching on TV or listening on their radio. They essentially “call” the game while it is happening and might include other information that is relevant to the current game. 

The last role for the TV hosts are the game analysts. They usually start about half an hour before the game and talk about what the expectations are and let anyone know of any last minute line changes or injuries. During intermissions, they will analyze how the team is playing and talk about things that they need to adjust before going into the next period or two. Lastly, they usually host a post-game show where they get reactions from the team and talk about what went well and what might need work for their next game.

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