NHL Network and TSN Announces 2007/08 NHL Broadcast Campaign
Network’s 2007/08 NHL national broadcast campaign offers hockey fans more live than 40 live games, including six games with Pens’
superstar Sidney Crosby and exclusive live coverage in Canada of the second
game from London, England. TSN unveiled its 2007/08 NHL on TSN national
broadcast package, which features 70 regular season games highlighted by
increased coverage of the Canadian clubs, three all-Canadian match-ups, 38
games in High Definition, the weekly staple Wednesday Night Hockey, the
addition of analyst Mike Milbury, the return of Molson That’s Hockey, extensive
preview shows, five Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts, and the first
three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Network’s 40-game broadcast package kicks off with Game Two of the season –
Los Angeles vs.
on Sunday (September 30) at 12 noon ET, available exclusively in
Canada on NHL
Network. NHL Network will produce the game, which will also air live on
Versus in the
Paul Romanuk and NHL Network’s Gary Green will call the game, providing
play-by-play and analysis, respectively, while Dan Pollard hosts the studio
show alongside analyst Larry Murphy.
NHL Network’s 40-game schedule includes seven contests featuring the defending
Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks, six games featuring Sidney Crosby and the
Pittsburgh Penguins, 14 Monday night games and three doubleheaders. (See
broadcast schedule below.) NHL Network also features a month-long ‘Free
Preview’ of the network, beginning with the game from London, as well as an
exciting contest for a trip for 16 to the NHL All-Star Weekend, and all the
highlights, scores, stats and analysis any fan could want or need.
season also marks the return of Fan Favorite games, giving viewers the
opportunity to choose which game will be broadcast on NHL Network on five
separate occasions. In the days leading up to each game, viewers
can log onto www.nhlnetwork.ca to pick their Fan Favorite game, with results
announced on the network’s signature show, NHL On The Fly, the day before the
scheduled match-up (See Fan Favorite broadcast schedule below.)
Pollard and Brian Duff rotate as hosts of NHL Network’s flagship show, NHL On
The Fly, which airs nightly throughout the hockey season from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
ET, and features up-to-the minute hockey information, live look-ins, extended
highlights, overtime shootouts, real-time scores, interviews, pre- and
post-game reports and news conferences. Pollard and Duff will be joined
in studio for expert analysis from a variety of NHL veterans, including Gary
Green, Dave Reid and Bill Berg. Todd Lewis and Jim Van Horne will also
contribute to the show on a regular basis.
coming off one of its most successful NHL broadcast seasons ever last year, as
Playoff audiences increased 11 per cent throughout the first three rounds,
while the regular season was the network’s second-most watched NHL campaign in
11 years. In addition, two NHL on TSN broadcasts last year cracked the
network’s Top 10 list of most watched NHL games, including the season opener
@ Toronto with 1.33 million viewers.
TSN’s 70-game broadcast schedule features 40 match-ups involving Canadian
teams, up from 36 last season. Wednesdays continue to be appointment
television on TSN as Wednesday Night Hockey returns to the network with 30
games, 21 of which involve a Canadian team. (See broadcast schedule below.)
coverage gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 3 – first night of the season in
North America – with the battle of
@ Toronto, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with the pre-game show. Adding further
excitement to the evening, during the second intermission, NHL on TSN will
reveal the consensus choice of NHL GMs – determined by a special TSN pool – to
win the Stanley Cup this season.
increased Canadian team coverage includes an additional two all-Canadian
Edmonton @ Vancouver on November 14
Toronto on November 27.
Canadiens headline the NHL on TSN broadcast schedule with 13 games, followed by
Toronto with seven games, six match-ups for
Edmonton, and five games for
Vancouver. TSN will also televise an
additional five Maple Leafs regional games this season (see Leafs regional
broadcast schedule below).
highlights of the NHL on TSN broadcast schedule include eight doubleheaders,
six Original Six match-ups, and 13 games featuring last season’s
Hart-Ross-Pearson trophies winner Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh
NHL on TSN
welcomes a new face to its lineup with the addition of former NHL player, coach
and GM Mike Milbury as a studio analyst. Milbury will appear weekly on Wednesday
Night Hockey throughout the regular season and during the first two rounds of
the Stanley Cup Playoffs. James Duthie returns as host of the NHL on TSN,
alongside Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, commentator Dave
Hodge, analyst Milbury, as well as Darren Dutchyshen, who will provide SportsCentre
in-game updates and highlights from around the league. Pierre McGuire and
Glenn Healy will appear frequently in-studio as analysts when not providing
colour commentary for the games. McKenzie and Dreger will continue to
provide their exclusive Insider reports on SportsCentre through the 2007/08
use two broadcast teams for the network’s extensive NHL coverage: Gord Miller
and McGuire will share duties with Chris Cuthbert and Healy. Building on
their success from last season, TSN will once again use innovative techniques
during its hockey broadcasts, utilizing the 1-Up/1-Down approach for 35
broadcasts and additional games using Front Row Centre. The 1-Up/1-Down
technique has Miller/Cuthbert in the broadcast booth with McGuire/Healy
providing analysis from between the benches at ice level, while Front Row
Centre involves both the play-by-play announcer and game analyst calling the
game between the benches from ice level.
experts battle for bragging rights as they get viewers primed for their hockey
pools in the second annual NHL on TSN Fantasy Draft Special, this Friday (Sept.
28) at 7 p.m. ET.
James Duthie, the 90-minute Fantasy Draft Special involves four members of the NHL
on TSN team as they select their fantasy teams. Analyst Glenn Healy,
veteran hockey commentator Dave Hodge, studio analyst Mike Milbury, and
frequent contributor and former NHL forward Keith Jones will each draft teams
of four forwards, two defencemen, one goalie and one rookie. Skaters are
awarded one point for points scored while goalies collect two points per win
and one for a shutout. Joining the show will be TSN Hockey Insider and 2006/07
Fantasy champion Bob McKenzie to analyze selections, plus TSN Hockey Insider
Darren Dreger and TSN contributor and former goalie Darren Pang to offer
verdicts on projected individual player performances this season in a special
segment called ‘More or Less’.
will also feature an interview with New Jersey Devils’ goaltender Martin
Brodeur, the 2006/07 leader in TSN fantasy points.
Hosted by Gino Reda, Molson That’s Hockey returns for an 11th season on Monday,
Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The opening show gets hockey fans ready for a new
season by recapping all the roster moves made during the off-season, along with
features on the Anaheim Ducks’ summer with the Stanley Cup and a look at Sidney
Crosby’s busy off-season.
30-minute daily show airs nightly from Monday to Friday, and on each episode,
Reda will be joined by a TSN hockey analyst or Insider.
New to the
show this season is a daily feature called ‘One-Timers’, where Reda conducts
rapid-fire Q&As with each analyst.
include ‘Opening Face-off’, ‘Across Canada’, ‘Gino’s Plus/Minus’, and a nightly
look at the NHL schedule, including preview reports from SportsCentre
correspondents in the six Canadian NHL cities. Reda will also continue to
interview the NHL’s biggest stars, as well as Head Coaches and GMs from around
features on Molson That’s Hockey include the ‘Hockey Canada Report and
long-time fan favorite, ‘Top 10 Plays of the Week’. Gord Miller will
contribute weekly editorials ‘From the Booth’ and Damien Cox from the Toronto
Star/TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge returns with his Thursday staple, ‘Studs
TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge celebrates the start of the 2007/08 NHL
season with a 30-minute prime time NHL Season Preview Special on Tuesday, Oct.
2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Hodge will be joined in studio by his usual cohorts,
Sun Media’s Steve Simmons, Toronto Star’s Damien Cox and Sports Illustrated’s
Michael Farber. The four will debate and discuss all of the interesting
storylines leading into a new NHL season.
James Duthie hosts TSN’s two-hour NHL on TSN Season Preview Show, airing
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The program features an interview with
Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, a player panel featuring Edmonton Oilers
defenceman Sheldon Souray and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron, a Duthie
feature on Roberto Luongo, as well as reports from all six Canadian NHL
cities. In addition, the Season Preview Show will reveal the results of a
poll conducted with NHL GMs, asking them to choose a player – other than Sidney
Crosby – whom they would build their teams around for the next five years.
Duthie for the show will be NHL on TSN regulars McGuire, Healy, McKenzie,
Dreger, Milbury and Hodge.
TSN.ca has extensive coverage of the NHL once again this season with
up-to-the-minute news, scores and stats, and weekly columns by TSN Hockey
Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, as well as NHL Network’s Dan
Pollard. New this season, McKenzie and Dreger will write a hockey blog,
enabling fans to weigh in on each Insider’s opinions with comments of their
own. McKenzie and Dreger will write about the NHL as well as
international hockey events such as the World Juniors, World Hockey
Championships and the Olympics.
will also continue to provide ‘Ice Chips’, a daily roundup of hockey news,
including roster moves, lineup changes, injuries, with information coming
straight from the rinks from TSN’s reporters, analysts and Hockey Insiders.
will notice an increase in fantasy hockey information, as TSN.ca fantasy sports
expert Scott Cullen provides columns, feature articles, weekly player rankings,
weekly power rankings (teams), and a fantasy sports blog. Viewers will
also be privy to Cullen’s fantasy insights on Fantasy Hockey Report, a weekly
feature appearing only on TSN Broadband at www.TSN.ca.
Broadband will also have highlights of every game, plus various features and
exclusive interviews with players, coaches and GMs from around the league.