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VERSUS scores with most-watched NHL opening night in network history

Friday, 10.02.2009 / 4:55 PM / News

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NEW YORK - VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL, dropped the puck on its fifth year of coverage with the most-watched NHL opening night in network history with a total of 832,781 viewers tuning in for the Bruins/Capitals and Avalanche/Sharks games.

Locally, VERSUS was one of the top-rated cable networks in all four markets (Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver and San Jose).

"Despite DirecTV shutting out millions of hockey fans from seeing last night's games, VERSUS still garnered its best NHL regular season opening night ever," said Jamie Davis, President of VERSUS. "The momentum of this network has not slowed down at all and we're doing everything we can to reach an agreement with DirecTV to ensure that hockey fans won't continue to miss the terrific match-ups we have on our schedule all season long."

VERSUS' coverage returns on Monday, October 5, at 7 p.m. ET with a cross-Hudson River battle between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers and then again on Tuesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. ET when the Washington Capitals head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.
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