Sports broadcaster Kate Scott has a big night ahead of her in the booth at the United Center on Sunday. Not only will she play a vital role in the first ever all-female broadcast of an NHL game, but she’ll also be calling hockey for the first time when the Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues.
“I always said it was the hardest sport to call,” the Fresno, Calif. native said. “And I always said that I would never call it when people asked me if I would do it.”
The significance of the broadcast and the thrill of the challenge changed her mind.
Scott will be joined by U.S. Olympic gold medalists Kendall Coyne-Schofield and AJ Mleczko, who will serve as analysts on the NBC Sports broadcast of the contest. Sportscaster Kathryn Tappen and three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jen Botterill will anchor from the studio with producer Rene Hatlelid and director Lisa Seltzer leading the game production.
At first, Kate was concerned Sunday’s groundbreaking telecast would be perceived as a publicity stunt when she was asked to do it back in January. NBC presented the big picture to her and she was on board.
“We want to make a very visible statement that young girls can do whatever they want when it comes to the sport of hockey,” an NBC employee told her. “Because you all are already doing it. Continue reading here