I remember having to set up for the 2003 draft at the Air Canada Centre(Scotiabank Arena now) and how much work that was. Hats off to the team at the NHL pulling this off virtually.
"NHL Network partnered with Bitfire, a company with an internet protocol video transport system and concierge-level support. In short, it allows two-way communication with little latency for as many people as needed. Teams received special servers. The prospects expected to be on the broadcast received a link; all they have to do is click on it on their smartphone or computer.
"Certainly, the pandemic has posed a lot of challenges for all broadcasters over the past couple of months," said Susan Stone, NHL Network senior vice president of operations and engineering. "But it's also given us the chance to pivot and adapt and sort of opened our eyes to new technologies that maybe six to eight months ago we wouldn't have tried.""