"Canadian fans are watching the NHL more than ever before. We have another strong schedule this year with a great balance of all the Canadian teams and the NHL's biggest starts. It should be another fantastic year of NHL hockey."
-- Stewart Johnston, President of TSN
With ratings up across the board last season, the networks responsible for bringing the excitement of the National Hockey League into every living room in North America are at it again trying to make a good thing even better.
The national network television schedules were revealed Wednesday, a sign that the upcoming hockey season is quickly approaching. Behind the scenes there's an abundance of excitement and anticipation that has network executives buzzing about what's in store for 2010-11.
For instance, Versus, now in its sixth season as a broadcast partner with the NHL, is gearing up for its most expanded coverage ever. It will broadcast a network record 78 games, including 53 exclusively, and added 30 pre-game Hockey Central broadcasts to its regular-season schedule.