TSN Promotes Draft Coverage, Which Will Be Simulcast on VERSUS Again

Toronto, ON (June 17, 2011) – With a bevy of future NHL stars in the stands led by No. 1-ranked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels, TSN is on the clock with each team as they make their First Round selections at the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT, live and in prime-time on Canada’s Sports Leader. Coverage begins on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN and continues through to the end of the First Round.

 

TSN’s live coverage of the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT is also being simulcast on VERSUS in the U.S.

 

James Duthie hosts TSN’s coverage directly from the DRAFT stage at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota, interviewing GMs and players following their selections. Duthie is joined by TSN’s Draft Panel with Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, analyst Pierre McGuire and commentator Gord Miller teeing up each selection and delivering instant analysis.

 

Hockey Insider Darren Dreger takes fans on to the DRAFT floor, providing the latest news on picks, trades and trade speculation, while reporter Ryan Rishaug is in the stands, conducting interviews with players and family members.

 

Fans can get in on all the action at the DRAFT by following TSN’s hockey experts on Twitter and joining the conversation on the social media website by using the Twitter hashtag #TSN. TSN’s Fan Page on Facebook will also be a key place for fans to interact and post comments during the DRAFT. The best tweets and comments from fans and from around the NHL will be featured during TSN’s live broadcast next Friday. (See below for a list of TSN personalities on Twitter.)

 

Fans can also get in on all the action and excitement behind-the-scenes at the DRAFT by following TSN’s hockey experts on Twitter (hashtag #TSN) and be a part of the conversation by visiting TSN’s Fan Page on Facebook. (See below for a list of TSN personalities on Twitter.)

 

Leading up to next Friday, TSN ranks the consensus Top 30 candidates in the BOB MCKENZIE’S NHL DRAFT RANKING SPECIAL on Monday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET; plays GM in the NHL MOCK DRAFT on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET; and gets fans primed for the First Round during the NHL COUNTDOWN TO THE DRAFT on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET. All shows are also available on-demand at TSN.ca.

 

TSN also sets the table for the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT with comprehensive coverage across all of the network’s properties and platforms next week, including SPORTSCENTRE, OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG, THAT’S HOCKEY and THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, plus online at TSN.ca and on the AM dial on TSN RADIO 1050.

 

Below is an overview of TSN’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT:

BOB MCKENZIE’S NHL DRAFT RANKING SPECIAL

Monday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

The 30-minute original TSN production has Hockey Insider and draft expert Bob McKenzie ranking the consensus Top 30 candidates, representing the DRAFT’s most likely First Round choices. McKenzie is joined in the TSN studio by NHL ON TSN host James Duthie. Over on TSN.ca, the website features McKenzie’s complete 60-player prospect list, including player bios and scouting reports from former NHL scout and McKeen’s Draft Guide director of scouting, Grant McCagg.

 

NHL MOCK DRAFT

Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

Host James Duthie is in studio for the 30-minute show as TSN’s Pierre McGuire and former NHL general manager Craig Button predict who they think would be the best fit for each NHL team picking in the First Round of the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT. The results of McGuire and Button’s mock draft will also be featured online at TSN.ca.

 

NHL COUNTDOWN TO THE DRAFT

Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN

Hosted by James Duthie, the 60-minute special live from Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota sets the stage for next Friday’s draft with insight from TSN’s hockey experts, including Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, analyst Pierre McGuire, commentator Gord Miller and draft analyst Craig Button.

 

The show includes features on George Pelawa, the Minnesota high school hockey standout who died tragically in a car accident 25 years ago after being drafted 16th-overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and on Niagara IceDogs forward Ryan Strome, whose spectacular goal this season against the Plymouth Whalers went viral on YouTube. Draft-eligible Strome joins Duthie for an interview during the COUNTDOWN special, along with top-rated prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels and Edmonton Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini, who is picking first overall at the draft for the second year in a row.

 

SPORTSCENTRE

Reporters Brent Wallace and Katherine Dolan are at the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT filing daily reports from Minnesota beginning Wednesday, June 22. Along with all the latest news and trade speculation from the DRAFT and around the NHL, SPORTSCENTRE features insight and analysis from TSN’s hockey experts, plus a special “Cabbie Presents” segment from SPORTSCENTRE correspondent Cabbie Richards in Minnesota.

 

OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG

Weekdays at 5 p.m. ET on TSN (6 p.m. ET on TSN2)

Host Michael Landsberg travels to Minnesota for two episodes on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24 as he debates all the hot-button issues surrounding this year’s DRAFT and gives fans a sense of what’s going on behind the scenes at the event.

 

THAT’S HOCKEY

Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN

Gino Reda hosts THAT’S HOCKEY from Xcel Energy Center for two days, bringing fans in-depth analysis from TSN’s hockey experts in Minnesota at the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT, plus interviews with draft-eligible players and NHL team representatives leading up to next Friday’s event.

 

THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE

Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN

In the first of two special 30-minute episodes of THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, host Steve Kouleas and analyst Craig Button examine the “next generation” of players in each Canadian NHL team’s farm system, as well as current players 21-and-under. The second episode features Kouleas and Button looking back at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and “re-drafting” the Top 30 picks based on one more year’s worth of player development. Results of the re-draft will also be available on TSN.ca.

 

TSN.ca

Along with all the latest news, analysis, blogs and exclusive web hits from the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT, TSN.ca features a live chat with former NHL GM Craig Button during the First Round and tracks each pick as it happens live in Minnesota. Fans can also join the by commenting on TSN.ca’s special series of DRAFT articles leading up to next Friday’s event.

 

For those fans on-the-go, TSN.ca keeps everyone up-to-date on the DRAFT with the TSN MOBILE app for iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry.

 

TSN RADIO 1050

TSN RADIO 1050 has its finger on the pulse of the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT with comprehensive coverage on all of its shows, including THE MIKE RICHARDS SHOW and CYBULSKI & COMPANY, which are broadcasting live from Minnesota on Thursday and Friday next week.

 

NHL NETWORK

NHL Network has live coverage of Rounds 2 through 7 from the 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Host Brian Duff is at Xcel Energy Center with analysts Craig Button and EJ Hradek and reporter Deb Placey, delivering in-depth analysis and interviews from the DRAFT.

 

NHL Network also readies fans for the DRAFT next Friday with a 60-minute PRE-DRAFT SHOW at 6 p.m. ET and wraps-up the First Round with a POST-DRAFT SHOW at 11 p.m. ET.

 

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