TSN releases hockey schedule as NHL season cancelled
TORONTO - Phil King, president of TSN, released this statement following today's announcement that the 2004-05 NHL season has been cancelled:
"We're hopeful the NHL and NHLPA will continue to negotiate and work towards getting back on the ice next season. In the meantime, hockey fans can look forward to a strong national and international hockey lineup on TSN. We recognize that Canadians have an insatiable appetite for hockey and we will continue to provide fans with coverage from world-class hockey events and tournaments over the next few months."
The following is a breakdown of TSN's hockey programming over the next few months:
· Saturday, Feb. 19 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET – Canada's Game: Hockey Lives Here – A six-hour celebration of the country's great frozen game. Coverage includes hockey clinics with coach Marc Habscheid from The Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, a hockey game on the Yukon River in Whitehorse, a celebrity 3-on-3 outdoor hockey game from Kingston, the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament from Quebec City, World Pond Hockey Championships from New Brunswick, CIS Men's Hockey from Thunder Bay featuring the University of Western Ontario vs. Lakehead University, a recap of the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, and various hockey features such as Wayne Gretzky's fantasy camp, home videos from hockey fans, and results of TSN.ca's online poll about the best hockey players by province
· March 13 – Esso Women's National Hockey Championship from Sarnia, Ont. – gold medal game. The annual tournament features 10 teams from nine provinces competing for the National Championship and the Abby Hoffman Cup
· March 26 – National Women's Hockey League from Brampton, Ont. – championship game. The NWHL is the elite women's Senior AAA hockey league in Canada and consists of seven semi-professional teams playing in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto
· March 27 and 29 – CIS Men's Hockey from Edmonton – semifinals and final. Taking place at the University of Alberta, the top Canadian university hockey teams face off for the coveted University Cup
· April 6 to 9 – IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship from Sweden – TSN will televise 5 games: 3 round robin, 1 semifinal and the gold medal game. The Canadian National Women's Team remains undefeated in World Championship play, having won all eight World Championships to-date
· April 14 to 24 – World Under-18 Hockey Championship from Czech Republic – TSN will televise 9 games: 4 round robin games featuring Team Canada plus the Playoffs. This marks the first time the event has been televised. The annual tournament features the best under-18 hockey players and future stars of the popular World Junior Hockey Championship. Notable NHLers who have played in the World Under-18 include Mike Peca, Joe Thornton, Paul Kariya and Jarome Iginla
· April 24 – TELUS Cup – National Midget Hockey Championship from Gatineau, Que. – championship game. Formerly known as the Air Canada Cup, the TELUS Cup is Canada's National Midget AAA Championship and is the only recognized national championship for minor hockey in Canada
· April 30 to May 15 – IIHF World Men's Hockey Championship from Austria – TSN has expanded coverage of this year's tournament with 17 games: 6 preliminary round games, three featuring Team Canada; 5 qualifying round games, three featuring Team Canada; and the Playoffs – 2 quarter-finals, 2 semifinals, bronze medal game, and gold medal game. Now in its 69th year, the World Men's Hockey Championship features 16 of the world's best hockey teams battling it out for international hockey supremacy. Team Canada will be vying for its third straight championship title
· May 15 – RBC Royal Bank Cup from Weyburn, Sask. – championship game. Considered the Stanley Cup of Canadian Junior 'A' hockey, the annual tournament features 138 teams from 10 leagues across the country
· Continuing coverage of Classic NHL Games
· TSN looks forward to televising the 2006 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from Vancouver in December. TSN's live coverage of last year's gold medal game attracted 3.2 million viewers, making it the second most-watched program in TSN history. Three games from last year's tournament cracked TSN's Top 15 most watched programs of all time. TSN's coverage of the gold medal game from the 2003 World Juniors in Halifax was the most watched program in TSN's 20-year history with 3.5 million viewers.
"The depth and breadth of TSN's live event programming schedule gives us the competitive advantage. TSN will continue to televise a wide variety of high-profile sports in 2005," said Phil King, President, TSN.
· NBA – TSN's most extensive national basketball schedule ever with 27 regular season Raptors games and expanded coverage of the Playoffs, including a minimum of 10 Playoff games (up to and including the Conference Finals) and exclusive Canadian coverage of the NBA Finals (which take place June 9 to 23). TSN will also televise the NBA Draft on June 26
· Golf – 500 hours of golf this season including continued weekly coverage of PGA TOUR events (42 in total), all four Majors, all four World Golf Championships, the Bell Canadian Open, TELUS Skins Game, Presidents Cup and BMO Canadian Women's Open
· Tennis – 540 hours of tennis in 2005 with all four Grand Slam tournaments, the Rogers Cup in Toronto (women's), Rogers Cup in Montreal (men's) and the remaining 9 Tennis Masters Series events. TSN enjoyed record ratings at the recent Australian Open with an eight per cent increase over last year's tournament
· Auto Racing – 2005 season began in early February. Coverage this year includes 21 NASCAR races including the most prestigious race of the season – the Daytona 500 – on Feb. 20, 19 Formula One races, 11 Champ Car World Series races and 12 IRL races
· Soccer – expanded coverage of the UEFA Champions League, with every game of every match day from today through the Final on May 25
· CFL – TSN will televise in excess of 50 games during the 2005 season, which gets underway mid-June. TSN will televise the pre-season exhibition game in Halifax between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 11
· Wrestling – continued coverage of WWE Raw Mondays at 9 p.m. ET
· Boxing – continued coverage of popular boxing shows ESPN Friday Night Fights, HBO Championship Boxing, HBO Boxing After Dark, ESPN Tuesday Night Fights, and In This Corner with Russ Anber
· Poker – continued coverage of the World Series of Poker, European Open Poker Championship and Poker Million
· NFL – TSN will televise the NFL Draft on April 23. The 2005-06 season gets underway in September. TSN will air 25 NFL games next year, including every Sunday night match-up throughout the regular season, the Pro Bowl and popular ESPN shows NFL Countdown, NFL Primetime and Monday Night Countdown. All games and NFL shows will be televised in High Definition
· Figure Skating – TSN looks forward to the 2005 MasterCard Skate Canada International in October and 2006 BMO Financial Group Canadian Figure Skating Championships in January
· NCAA Bowl Games – TSN rings in the holiday season with 12 NCAA Bowl Games from mid-December through mid-January
· SportsCentre – Canada's top-rated sports news and information show, with more than eight hours of SportsCentre daily
· Other key programming – Off the Record with Michael Landsberg, TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, Pardon the Interruption, I'd Do Anything and Jim Rome is Burning
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