Stamford, CT (September 29, 2006) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will kick off the 2006-07 schedule on October 4 with an Opening Night double-header featuring a hi-def rematch of the nail-biting Eastern Conference Finals from last season when the Buffalo Sabres take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes. That game will be followed by Western conference rivals Dallas and Colorado taking to the ice. As always, the network will wrap up the evening with its stellar NHL studio show, hosted by veteran Bill Clement, with Keith Jones and Brian Engblom.
This season's schedule, featuring 54 regular-season games, includes a Game of the Week, wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to catch an NHL game in the U.S. at that time. With one exception, every Game of the Week will be produced in hi def. Additionally, the Young Stars NHL Skills game and the NHL All-Star game as well as select early-round playoff coverage, all of the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final games will be available in hi def.
The network's NHL schedule highlights some of the most exciting hockey games of the season such as Philadelphia vs. New York Rangers, Boston vs. Montreal, and Detroit vs. Colorado. Every U.S.-based team will be featured on VERSUS at least once during the regular season, with teams like the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings making seven appearances each. Mike "Doc" Emrick will return as the network's lead play-by-play announcer. He will be joined all season long by the best NHL announcers in the game today, including Eddie Olczyk, Joe Beninati, Bob Harwood and Darren Eliot.
Additions to the network's hockey commentating team will be released as details become available.
Colorado Avalanche games on Versus:
Wednesday, October 4, 8 p.m. Dallas at Colorado
Monday, November 20, 6 p.m. Colorado at Dallas
Tuesday, January 9, 7 p.m. Detroit at Colorado
Monday, January 15, 8 p.m. Colorado at San Jose
Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m. Nashville at Colorado
Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Colorado
Tuesday, March 6, 5 p.m. Colorado at Boston
VERSUS.com will continue to provide exhaustive information about the NHL and The Quest for the Cup, including editorial coverage from some of the most knowledgeable hockey sources. The web site will also include video highlights from all of the network's games as well as photos and exclusive insider video featuring the network's NHL talent.
VERSUS (VERSUS.com) celebrates competition in all its forms. The network is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as best-in-class events like The Tour de France, the America's Cup, the Dakar Rally, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Professional Boxing, the Boston Marathon, AMA Motocross and Davis Cup. Now in more than 70 million homes, the network features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events that audiences can't find elsewhere. The network offers unique, competition-themed original programming and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.