CBS Sports Network to Air Hockey East Games

College Hockey continues it’s quest for exposure. I’ve heard rumors that an NBCSN package will launch after the name change.

Wakefield, Mass. – Hockey East and CBS Sports Network announced on Wednesday the eight-game broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season.


The schedule opens with Boston College hosting WCHA foe Denver University on Friday, October 14 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The next two games will feature one of the fiercest rivalries in all of college sports, as Boston College faces off against Boston University on November 13 and December 2 at Conte Forum.


“We are pleased to join forces once more with CBS Sports Network,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. “The need to reach a national audience is greater than ever before and we are happy to continue this partnership.”


CBS Sports Network will televise from Maine’s Alfond Arena on December 10, as the Black Bears host the Boston University Terriers. The Network will also air the rematch on January 28 from Agganis Arena in Boston.


On February 3, the Network will air UNH entertaining Providence College from the Whittemore Center in Durham. The Network schedule concludes with Vermont at Boston College in the final two games of the regular season for each school.


“We’re excited for another season of Hockey East action on CBS Sports Network,” said Ross Molloy, Vice President, Remote Production, CBS Sports Network. “The schedule once again features top conference games and we look forward to providing fans comprehensive coverage throughout the season, including our pregame show which originates from the site of each game.”


The Hockey East Association is a 10-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eightteam Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won seven NCAA championships in the past 19 years.


Date Game Time

Friday, October 14 Denver at Boston College 7:30

Sunday, November 13 Boston University at Boston College 4:00

Friday, December 2 Boston University at Boston College 7:30

Saturday, December 10 Boston University at Maine 7:30

Saturday, January 28 Maine at Boston University 7:30

Friday, February 3 Providence at New Hampshire 7:30

Friday, March 2 Vermont at Boston College 7:30

Saturday, March 3 Vermont at Boston College 7:00




Number of Games Televised Locally By Team

This list includes all games that will be televised in local markets by either national networks (NBC, VERSUS/NBCSN, CBC/TSN) or regional sports networks. It will not include games televised by NHL Network unless explicitly stated by the team.

Anaheim (Prime Ticket/KDOC/FS West) – 82
Boston (NESN) – 82
Buffalo (MSG) – 82
Calgary (Sportsnet West/Sportsnet One) – 82
Carolina (FS Carolinas) – 71
Chicago (CSN Chicago/WGN) – 82
Colorado (Altitude) – 82
Columbus (FS Ohio) – 81
Dallas (FS Southwest/TXA 21) – 82
Detroit (FS Detroit) – 82
Edmonton (Sportsnet West/Sportsnet One) – 82
Florida (FS Florida) – 74
Los Angeles (FS West/Prime Ticket) – 81
Minnesota (FS North) – 82
Montreal (RDS/TSN) – 82 French/73 English
Nashville (FS Tennessee) – 70
New Jersey (MSG/MSG Plus) – 82
NY Islanders (MSG/MSG Plus) – 82
NY Rangers (MSG/MSG Plus) – 82
Ottawa (Sportsnet East/Sportsnet One/RDSTVA) – 81 English/65 French
Philadelphia (CSN Philadelphia/TCN) – 82
Phoenix (FS Arizona) – 69
Pittsburgh (ROOT Sports Pittsburgh) – 82
San Jose (CSN California) – 82
St. Louis (FS Midwest) – 82
Tampa Bay (SunSports) – 79
Toronto (LeafsTV/Sportsnet Ontario/TSN) – 82
Vancouver (Sportsnet Pacific/Sportsnet One) – 82
Washington (CSN Washington) – 82
Winnipeg (TSN) – 82

The NHL Goes Another Round with ’24/7′

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26, 2011 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, will join forces with the National Hockey League once again and take viewers inside one of the NHL’s great matchups, between Atlantic Division rivals Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, for 24/7 FLYERS/RANGERS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC, an innovative four-episode, all-access reality series, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports and John Collins, chief operating officer for the NHL.


The HBO Sports HD presentation debuts in prime time WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with an immediate encore at 11:00 p.m., and follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The build-up and excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when the two teams meet in the fifth edition of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.


Noted Bernstein, “Taking our reality series ‘24/7’ into the world of the National Hockey League proved to be a perfect fit. The ‘24/7’ franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines and unrestricted access. Clearly, we had all those ingredients last December and the New York-Philadelphia rivalry should spark another terrific series.”


Said Collins, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with HBO’s 24/7 again this year as last season’s ground-breaking series did a masterful job of changing the way people think about hockey and its players. The Emmy-award winning program managed to reveal a great deal of the mystery, nuance and passion in the game and helped create new NHL fans. This year’s NHL Winter Classic between two iconic organizations as well as bitter rivals in the Flyers and Rangers promises to give fans another unique look at the intense road to hockey’s greatest outdoor event as only HBO can deliver.”


“Our players are acutely aware of the tremendous marketing value derived from the HBO 24/7 series and we are excited, as are all hockey fans, to see this initiative return to the NHL,” said Mike Ouellet, Chief of Business Affairs, NHLPA. “The NHLPA is looking forward to once again having our players participate to provide viewers with an in-depth behind the scenes look at some of the greatest athletes in the world.”


Ensuing episodes of 24/7 FLYERS/RANGERS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC debut on subsequent Wednesdays – Dec. 21 and 28 and Jan. 4 – at 10:00 p.m., with an immediate encore play at 11:00 p.m. The Jan. 4 series finale debuts just two days after the Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama and excitement surrounding the Flyers and Rangers on game day. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.


In the same manner as last year’s acclaimed edition of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals, the series will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews of coaches, players and front-office personnel, as the two teams battle through their December schedules, face-off on Dec. 23 in New York, and meet in the first-ever NHL game at Citizens Bank Park.


24/7 FLYERS/RANGERS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is the second edition of HBO Sports’ breakthrough NHL reality foray. The acclaimed “24/7” franchise began in 2007 with “24/7 De La Hoya/Mayweather,” chronicling the two prizefighters in the lead-up to their mega-fight.


The St. Petersburg Times noted last January, “This easily goes down as the best portrait ever shown about hockey.”


Yahoo wrote after the third episode last December: “It was the most riveting, unflinching and hypnotic presentation of regular-season hockey to ever hit the airwaves.”


The Washington Post said, “…this show has it all.”


The Los Angeles Times observed, ‘This is great theater and you don’t have to know icing from offside to appreciate it.”


The New York Times wrote the series is a “superb, engrossing documentary.”


With 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, “24/7” is the most honored sports series of the past four years. At the 2011 Sports Emmy® Awards, the franchise took home two more trophies for production excellence, including the award for “Outstanding Edited Sports Special” for 24/7 Penguins/Capitals.


The executive producer of 24/7 FLYERS/RANGERS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; co-producer, Abtin Motia; Aaron Cohen is the writer; Liev Schreiber narrates.

The 2012 Winter Classic is Official

NEW YORK (September 26, 2011) – The Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park™, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Monday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today. The game will be broadcast live on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC and RDS in Canada. The League today also unveiled the official logo for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and the special team logos being used by the Flyers and Rangers.


The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues the tradition the NHL® has established of hosting a regular-season game outdoors at the onset of the new year to celebrate the origin and traditions of hockey.


“The Rangers-Flyers rivalry is one of our very best,” said Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner. “It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expectation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide more great moments to remember.”


Division rivals since the 1974–75 season, the Rangers® and Flyers® become the closest geographic rivals to compete in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Their on-ice familiarity is a result of the fact that the Rangers are the Flyers’ all-time most-common opponent in the regular-season (261 games) and Stanley Cup® playoffs series (10). While the teams last squared off in the playoffs in 1997, on the final day of the 2009-10 regular-season, the Flyers and Rangers played an historic “winner takes all” game to determine the lone remaining playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Tied 1-1 at the end of overtime, the Flyers prevailed in a shootout, starting their march to the conference championship.


“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is arguably the biggest game played during the NHL’s regular season and it is a wonderful platform to feature our great sport to millions of worldwide viewers,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman and Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider. “It’s an honor for the Philadelphia Flyers to serve as ambassadors for the NHL. We look forward to hosting the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia and showcasing our great city to hockey fans throughout North America.”


“The Rangers organization is honored and excited to take part in what has become one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year,” said Glen Sather, Rangers President and General Manager. “The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic represents the spirit and essence of the game of hockey, bringing the players back to their childhood days of playing outside on the pond, for the pure love of the game.”


The 43,500-seat ballpark in Philadelphia will be the setting for the fifth-ever Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which will feature several of the biggest names in hockey. The Flyers boast an All-Star roster that includes two Hart Trophy winners – Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr – and key members of the team that won the 2010 Eastern Conference championship, including Danny Briere, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. The Rangers counter with NHL All-Stars of their own in goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, forward Marian Gaborik, defenseman Marc Staal and 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards.


“The players on both the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers are looking forward to this event,” said NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr. “Playing outdoors in the elements will bring back many fond memories of their youth hockey days. It will be a great day for the fans in Philadelphia, for the Players, and for the game.”


“We are honored that the NHL has chosen Citizens Bank Park as the venue for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Phillies President David Montgomery. “We eagerly await January 2nd when our Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers. It will surely be a great experience for fans.”


The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Pittsburgh on NBC Sports aired in primetime and was the most-watched NHL regular season game in the U.S. in 36 years with an average of 4.5 million viewers. The event also drew the largest audience on CBC for any of the U.S.-based outdoor NHL games.


“NBC Sports is proud to have partnered with the NHL to grow the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic into a New Year’s tradition and one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “In addition to the intense rivalry between the Rangers and Flyers that will be played outdoors in one the nation’s most rabid sports cities, this year’s game has special meaning to us since the stature of this event makes it the perfect platform to launch the new NBC Sports Network that day.”


“CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada is excited to once again be the Canadian broadcast home of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Julie Bristow, Executive Director, Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC Television. “This annual outdoor game has become a New Year’s tradition and a must-watch game for Canadian hockey fans, and we can’t wait to bring the nation this year’s Classic from Philadelphia.”


Sirius XM Satellite Radio will provide radio coverage. will provide extensive digital video coverage and NHL Network™ will chronicle all of the excitement from Philadelphia leading up to and after the game.


The Bridgestone brand, the Official Tire of the NHL® and the NHLPA, returns for the fourth consecutive year as title sponsor of the event.


“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has become a tradition of excellence, passion and excitement in the sports world — it is the same tradition that the Bridgestone brand instills in its products every day,” said Phil Pacsi, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, U.S. & Canada Consumer Tire Sales Sales, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, (BATO). “Watching two of the NHL’s most storied rivals square off at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park is an event not to be missed, and will be talked about for years to come. We are excited and proud to be part of this New Year’s tradition.”


For the second consecutive year, the NHL will partner with HBO Sports and its groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise. As it did with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals last year, the four-episode, all-access series will again provide viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both teams, along with in-depth interviews of players, coaches and front-office personnel as the teams compete during the NHL regular-season, including a Dec. 23rd matchup between the teams at Madison Square Garden. The premiere episode debuts in prime time, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10 p.m. ET, with new episodes debuting each successive Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.


Select 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic merchandise will be available at retail immediately. Men’s, women’s and youth t-shirts, hats, pucks, mini sticks, and other novelties will be available at the Majestic Clubhouse Store inside Citizens Bank Park™, the Philadelphia Flyers team store at the Wells Fargo Center, the NHL Store Powered by Reebok in New York City, and at Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27, official merchandise will be available at participating Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, JC Penney and Sports Authority store locations throughout the greater Philadelphia and New York City areas.


The first-ever NHL regular-season game contested outdoors was played in 2003 when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium. Since 2008, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has been contested every year on New Year’s Day. The first contest featured the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In 2009, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field. In 2010, the Boston Bruins hosted the Flyers at Fenway Park and in 2011, the Penguins hosted the Capitals at Heinz Field. In February of 2011, the Calgary Flames hosted the Canadiens in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at McMahon Stadium.


Your Announcers and Open Thread For a Pre-Season HNIC

Toronto vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET, CBC/NHL Network
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Elliotte Friedman
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Anaheim vs. Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET, CBC/NHL Network
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

TSN Draws Great Regional Numbers For Return of the Jets

Winnipeg, MB (September 23, 2011) – The long awaited return of the Winnipeg Jets scored big for the new regional channel TSN Jets Tuesday night. Data from BBM Canada confirms that more than 490,000 viewers in the Jets broadcast region watched some or all of Tuesday’s pre-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


The audience Reach is especially impressive given that TSN Jets is available in approximately 500,000 homes throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and parts of Northwestern Ontario.


“This is an incredible debut for a new television service,” said Stewart Johnston, President, TSN. “I can’t ever remember this type of excitement for a pre-season game. We are looking forward to building on this momentum throughout the season.”


The average audience for the full broadcast on Tuesday was 148,000 total viewers. TSN Jets regional coverage continues tomorrow night with Winnipeg @ Nashville at 5:45 p.m. CT.

Modano Retirement Live on NHL Net

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2011) – As Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, announces his retirement from the National Hockey League today, NHL Network and will provide comprehensive coverage of the event and celebrate his stellar, 21-season career.


Coverage begins today with a live broadcast of Modano’s retirement press conference at 2 p.m. ET on NHL Network that also will be streamed live on and


Tomorrow, September 24, at 6 p.m. ET, NHL Network will air a special tribute to the life and career of the NHL’s most prolific American-born player titled “Mike Modano: American Icon.” It depicts Modano’s emergence as the face of a franchise and chronicles his evolution as a player — from childhood through becoming the first overall draft pick in 1988 by Minnesota to the Stars’ relocation in 1993 through his final game in a Dallas Stars uniform in 2010. Family, friends and former teammates share their thoughts about Modano, his contribution to the game and how he’ll be remembered.

Pre-Season Debut on VERSUS Draws Predictably Non-Blockbuster Numbers on VERSUS

VERSUS entered into the business of televising pre-season NHL games this year, and – considering the lack of promotion and that it didn’t air in the two teams’ home markets – I guess you could say it wasn’t bad. I mean, I really don’t know. This sort of thing has never happened before.

The network’s broadcast of Maple Leafs-Flyers at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday drew 68,000 viewers. Based on recent numbers from various events, it was about equal to what the WNBA playoffs have drawn on NBA TV, CFL Football on NFL Network, and non-Premiere League matches on FOX Soccer. The last major sporting events VERSUS televised were a Mountain West football game (Texas Tech vs. New Mexico: 130,000 viewers) and Professional Bull Riders (226,000 viewers) on Saturday. The game also built from it’s lead-in, NBC Sports Talk, which scored 17,000 viewers.

Pre-season hockey returns to VERSUS on Monday with a Rangers-Flyers match-up. That will be interesting to track for two reasons: it won’t air in either home market, and it will be on the heels of what is expected to be a Rangers-Flyers Winter Classic showdown that afternoon at Citizens’ Bank Park. I’ll be curious as to what that draws.

(Source: Son of the Bronx)

FCC Rules Rangers, Devils, Isles Games Must Be in HD on Verizon, AT&T; Cablevision to Appeal

From Deadline:

The FCC today has ruled that a pair of high-definition regional sports channels operated by Cablevision’s Madison Square Garden network must be offered to Verizon’s FiOS and AT&T’s U-Verse video services. The move comes after a complaint was filed in July that said MSG refused to sell the formats — which Cablevision carries in its stable of offerings — in the greater New York region, thereby hindering competition. “By directing Cablevision and MSG to make their high-definition programming available within 30 days, the decision promises to give consumers in New York and New Jersey a choice to obtain the sports programming they want,” Verizon SVP and deputy general counsel Mike Glover said in a statement from Verizon announcing the ruling. Verizon also had to petition the FCC to allow it access to standard-definition versions of the channels in 2006.

Cablevision will appeal the FCC decision. The cable company said in a statement that ”the data clearly demonstrates that there has been no competitive harm to the nation’s two largest phone companies as a result of not having two HD channels they already receive in SD….Instead of competing on the merits in the marketplace, Verizon and AT&T are manipulating federal law to gain an unfair advantage.”

Daryl Reaugh, David Amber, Gord Stellick Among New Additions to HNIC Crew

September 22, 2011 – With CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA pre-season action on air this weekend, the nation’s marquee hockey show announced today the addition of Gord Stellick, Andi Petrillo, David Amber, Daryl Reaugh and Rick Ball to its award winning team of journalists, analysts and broadcast personalities.

“We could not be happier with the addition of Gord, Andi, David, Daryl and Rick to our team,” said Julie Bristow, Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming for CBC Television. “They all bring a different experienced background and point of view about the game that we feel will really resonate with Canadian hockey fans.”

Gord Stellick, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs will join CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA RADIO on Sirius, while also writing a weekly column for He will begin his radio duties on Monday Sept. 26 with a special radio show on location from Kraft Hockeyville in St. John’s,Newfoundland.

Andi Petrillo, long standing host and reporter for Leafs TV joins CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA as co-host of GAME DAY, along with P.J Stock.

David Amber, a veteran anchor and reporter for the NHL Network and ESPN becomes CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S newest Eastern Conference rinkside reporter.

NHL goalie and veteran colour commentator for the Dallas Stars, Daryl Reaugh will join CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s west coast broadcast team covering the Jets, Flames, Oilers.

Rick Ball, host and Vancouver Canucks announcer on TEAM 1040 is set to join the west coast broadcast team handling play-by-play duties on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

The 59th season of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off on Saturday, September 24, with a pre-season double header between Toronto andBuffalo at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Anaheim battling Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET.