SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The American Hockey League and CBC today announced a one-year broadcast agreement that will see the Canadian network produce and broadcast 10 AHL games throughout the upcoming 2010-11 season.
"We're tremendously excited that CBC, with its distinguished excellence in hockey broadcasting, will be helping us celebrate our historic 75th anniversary this season," said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. "Viewers across Canada will be treated to the skill and excitement of the best young professionals in our sport."
"We're looking forward to featuring the stars of hockey's future with the AHL on CBC," said Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales & Marketing.
The AHL, this year marking its 75th anniversary, has been the home to future stars and legendary figures throughout its illustrious history including the likes of Don Cherry, Johnny Bower, Andy Bathgate, Gerry Cheevers, Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Miller, Michael Cammalleri, Eric Staal, Martin Brodeur and Duncan Keith, among countless others.
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Saturday broadcasts will be followed by an AHL on CBC game on 10 Sunday afternoons, giving fans across Canada a chance to cheer on the NHL stars of tomorrow. All games will also be available live and on-demand on CBCSports.ca.
All 10 games will feature AHL teams affiliated with one of the six Canadian NHL teams. The puck drops on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, with a 1 p.m. ET matchup between the Toronto Marlies and the visiting Binghamton Senators, the top affiliates of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. Other matchups this season will also include the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens), Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames), Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks) and Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers).