REPORT: VERSUS Closing In On Deal For College Hockey, Juniors To Follow?

Via Skip Berry, who tweeted the info:

Major development in NCAA Hockey right now! Hearing from sources that Versus/NBC is close to a deal with College Hockey to air games soon.

Versus would air a game of the week on Friday night and each conference would be featured twice (minimum), which includes the AHA. Big News!

I’d expect that the WHL/OHL/QMJHL get more games on the NHL Network next season. Might see a similar deal in major junior w/ Versus/NBC

VERSUS May Land College Hockey

From Ken Schott of Parting Schotts:

There could be a national college hockey package coming to Versus this season.

Numerous sources have indicated that Versus is discussing the possibility of televising regular-season college hockey games, beginning in January. What conferences would be involved, or what night the games would be shown (either Friday or Saturday) is unclear right now. Versus, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the cable home of the NHL. A few months ago, the NBC Sports Group signed a 10-year deal to keep the NHL on NBC and Versus.

A Versus spokesman declined comment.

 

College Hockey Super-Conference to Head For VERSUS?

From Brad Schlossman of The Grand Forks Herald:

There have already been discussions with members of the new league and television executives about getting games nationally televised on Versus, which is expected to soon be re-branded as the NBC Sports Network.

This would give UND a greater range of exposure than the current deal with Fox College Sports and DirecTV.

Versus recently agreed to a 10-year contract extension to continue televising NHL games in the United States. The station typically broadcasts NHL games early in the week, which could leave the weekend open for college hockey.

Colorado College currently is a television partner with CBS College Sports. Denver has games on FSN Rocky Mountain.

College Hockey Sunday Open Thread

Northeast Regional Final, 5:30PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
Dan Parkhurst
Color: Damian DiGiulian

Midwest Regional Final, 8PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
Ben Holden
Color: Sean Ritchlin

College Hockey Saturday Open Thread

Northeast Regional: Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Boston College, 1:30PM, ESPN360.com/ESPN Regional TV
Play by Play:
Dan Parkhurst
Color: Damian DiGiulian

Midwest Regional: Miami (OH) vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
Ben Holden
Color: Sean Ritchlin

Northeast Regional: North Dakota vs. Yale, 5PM, ESPN360.com/ESPN Regional TV
Play by Play:
Dan Parkhurst
Color: Damian DiGiulian

East Regional Final, 6:30PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
John Buccigross
Color: Barry Melrose

West Regional Final, 9PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
Clay Matvick
Color: Jim Paradise

Have a Good Weekend, HNIC Open Thread Tomorrow, But Let’s Go Out With College Hockey Open Thread

East Regional: RIT vs. Denver, 3PM ET, ESPNU
Play by Play:
John Buccigross
Color: Barry Melrose

West Regional: St. Cloud State vs. Northern Michigan, 5:30PM, ESPN360.com/ESPN Regional TV
Play by Play: Clay Matvick
Color:
Jim Paradise

East Regional: Cornell vs. New Hampshire, 6:30PM, ESPNU
Play by Play:
John Buccigross
Color: Barry Melrose

West Regional: Wisconsin vs. Vermont, 9PM ET, ESPNU
Play by Play:
Clay Matvick
Color: Jim Paradise

Your College Hockey Schedule For the Weekend

HNIC Open Thread in a little bit, but here are the games you can check out on TV for the weekend.  Cheers to Nate Ewell for the tip:

Fri. March 19

WCHA Final Five: St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin

FSN North

3 p.m.

ECAC Hockey Tournament: Brown vs. Cornell

NHL Network

4 p.m.

CCHA Tournament: Northern Michigan vs. Ferris State FSN Detroit

4:30 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament: Vermont vs. Boston College NESN

5 p.m.

ECAC Hockey Tournament: St. Lawrence vs. Union

NHL Network

7 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament: Boston University vs. Maine

NESN

8 p.m.

CCHA Tournament: Michigan vs. Miami

Big Ten Network

8 p.m.

WCHA Final Five: Play-in Winner vs. Denver

FSN North

8 p.m.

Sat. March 20

WCHA Final Five: Third-Place Game

FSN North

3 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament: Championship NESN 7 p.m.

CCHA Tournament: Championship FSN Detroit

7 p.m.

WCHA Final Five: Championship

FSN North

8 p.m.

Sun. March 21

ECAC Hockey Tournament: Championship (tape delay) NHL Network

11 a.m.

NCAA Tournament Selection Show ESPN2

11:30 a.m.

NHL Network to Present Pre-Game, Post-Game, Movies, College Hockey as Part of Winter Classic Coverage

NEW YORK – NHL Network™ is providing hockey fans an unprecedented amount of exclusive programming surrounding the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the much-anticipated outdoor match-up between longtime rivals the Philadelphia Flyers® and Boston Bruins® at Fenway Park, on New Year’s Day.  NHL Network’s planned coverage of this one-of-a-kind event includes a variety of pre- and post-event programming, complete live coverage of the team practices, and special outdoor and pond hockey-themed shows.  For a complete program schedule, visit www.nhlnetwork.com.

On game day, NHL Network’s pre- and post-event coverage includes the NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Pregame Show presented by Vizio at 11:00 a.m. ET and the NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Postgame Show presented by Vizio immediately following the game.  Both programs will be presented in HD.  The live, 90-minute pregame show will preview the game and break down key match-ups.  The postgame show will feature highlights, interviews and press conferences with all the major players.  Also, U.S. Olympic Team General Manager Brian Burke will be on the NHL Network’s Fenway Park set minutes after the U.S. Olympic Team roster is announced.  NHL Network’s hockey experts follow with analysis and a breakdown of what to expect in Vancouver.

NHL Network’s on-site presence at Fenway Park begins on Thursday, December 31, when it televises NHL On The Fly: 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Practice Coverage presented by Vizio at 11:00 a.m. ET.  The network presents four-and-a-half hours of live coverage, all in HD, including both team practices in full, as the Flyers and Bruins hit the ice at Fenway for the first time.

As a special tribute to hockey played outdoors, on Wednesday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network televises Pond Hockey: A Documentary Film.  This celebration of outdoor hockey, lovingly crafted by filmmaker Tommy Haines, centers on the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship in Minneapolis.  The HD documentary features interviews with hockey luminaries like Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.

The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic programming begins Christmas Day when NHL Network televises an outdoor game marathon featuring re-broadcasts of the first two NHL Winter Classics in Buffalo and Chicago as well as outdoor events played in Las Vegas and Edmonton.  The marathon will include behind-the-scenes documentaries on the 2008 and 2009 NHL Winter Classic events.

The special programming on NHL Network continues well after New Year’s Day with special hockey events such as Sun Life Frozen Fenway – the outdoor games between the Northeastern and New Hampshire women’s teams and the Boston College and Boston University men’s teams Jan. 8 at Fenway Park for U.S. viewers.  Both games will be presented in HD.  Also, special encore presentations of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic are scheduled for Saturday, January 9 starting at noon ET, with the NBC telecast followed by the CBC telecast at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NHL Net College Hockey Schedule

NEW YORK (December 16, 2009) – NHL Network™ U.S. today announced the remaining games on the network’s 2009-10 college hockey schedule.  Included are special hockey events such as Sun Life Frozen Fenway – the outdoor games between the Northeastern and New Hampshire women’s teams and the Boston College and Boston University men’s teams Jan. 8 at Fenway Park, both in HD.  Other special events include the U.S. Under-20 National Team exhibition game against North Dakota on Sunday, Dec. 20, and the ECAC Semifinals March 19 and the ECAC Championship game March 21.

NHL Network’s slate of college games boasts appearances by top-ranked teams from the Hockey East Association, Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).  The package provides NHL Network with ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will be televised primarily on Friday nights through the remainder of the 2009-10 season.  In addition to the network’s previously announced 78-game package of live NHL® games, live college hockey games are an integral part of NHL Network’s portfolio of hockey programming providing viewers unmatched access to live hockey action.

The full NHL Network U.S. 2009-10 College Hockey live game schedule is as follows:

Date                        Game                                                        Time (ET)

Friday, Nov. 13 Ferris State at Miami                                         7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27 St. Cloud State at Denver                                 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11 North Dakota at Wisconsin                                 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 U.S. Under-20 National Team at North Dakota                  Noon*
Friday, Jan. 8 Northeastern vs. New Hampshire (women)                 4 p.m.**
Friday, Jan. 8 Boston College vs. Boston University                          7:30 p.m.**
Friday, Jan. 22 Denver at Wisconsin                                         8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 Denver at North Dakota                                         8:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5 Clarkson at Union                                         7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12 Minnesota State at Wisconsin                                 9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 Nebraska-Omaha at Miami                                 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26 RPI at Colgate                                                 7 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 5 Michigan Tech at North Dakota                                 8:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 19 ECAC Semifinal #1                                         4 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 19 ECAC Semifinal #2                                         7 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 21 ECAC Championship                                         11 a.m.*
*Tape Delay
**Sun Life Frozen Fenway Outdoors at Fenway Park

Your Belated College Hockey TV Schedule For 2009-10 Season

Let’s be honest here.  We weren’t aware college hockey season had started until noticing Ryan Lambert’s (Two-Line Pass) column on Notre Dame in Puck Daddy last week.

Inside College Hockey features regional TV games as well, but we’ll try to generalize it down to national networks (ESPNU, CBS College Sports, Fox College Sports, Big Ten, NHL Network) after the jump.  Enjoy.

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