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Ryerson University students to produce nationally televised CIS hockey game

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TORONTO - TSN, NHL Network and Dome Productions are giving Radio and Television Arts (RTA) students at Ryerson University - one of Canada's most highly regarded schools for television production - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to produce a nationally televised Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey game.

Fourteen third-year and fourth-year students from RTA's Sports Specialty course will produce, direct, edit, and perform play-by-play and colour commentary for the CIS game between Ryerson University and Royal Military College on February 20 at Lakeshore Lions Arena in Etobicoke, Ont. TSN's and NHL Network's production staff will be on-hand to provide guidance and leadership while Dome Productions will supply technical support. The game will air on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on NHL Network, a digital hockey
network within the TSN family.

This CIS game marks the first time students will produce a national sports telecast for TSN or its family of networks.

"TSN, NHL Network and Dome Productions are committed to providing leadership and support for Canada's next wave of television producers and technicians," said Phil King, president, TSN. "It's opportunities like this that benefit newcomers to the industry and Bell Globemedia, as we prepare for the
Olympics in 2010 and 2012. We're extremely eager to help students in this program develop their talents as they embark on their careers."

Nearly 40 per cent of the current production staff at TSN and NHL Network are graduates of Ryerson University. Their Sports Specialty course is 1 semester (13 weeks), where for three hours per week students study all aspects of sports production. The CIS hockey game is worth 50 per cent of the students' mark.

"Opportunities like this don't come along very often," said Liz Gesicki, student affairs and administration manager, School of Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University. "This is the perfect way for our students to learn from the experts, get hands-on experience and hone their skills with guidance and mentorship from the best in the business."

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