Chicago, IL (August 29, 2006) - Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, has announced its Blackhawks telecast schedule for the 2006-07 NHL season. The 2006-07 Blackhawks season on Comcast SportsNet includes a total of 39 live regular season games with the network's first Blackhawks telecast taking place on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM when the Blackhawks visit the division rival Nashville Predators. Comcast SportsNet has also announced it will televise five regular season home games in HDTV this season with the first home game airing on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 PM versus the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
In addition to the 39 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise three pre-season games with the first airing on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM on CSN+ when the Blackhawks travel to face the St. Louis Blues. The other pre-season match-ups will air on September 28 at Florida (6:30 PM) and September 30 at Minnesota (7:00 PM).
This season, Blackhawks fans will be able to watch a total of five home games from the United Center presented in HDTV. In addition to the first home game telecast on October 28, viewers will also be able to watch the Blackhawks host the archrival Detroit Red Wings on two occasions (Dec. 14 & Apr. 5), along with home games against division foe St. Louis (Nov. 10) and conference nemesis Vancouver (Feb. 16).
The 2006-07 Blackhawks season on Comcast SportsNet also marks the debut of its new announcing tandem featuring Dan Kelly on play-by-play and former Blackhawk star and Chicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk handling color analysis. Also, for the second-straight year, Jim Blaney and former Blackhawk defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured on-air talent on Verizon Wireless Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Blackhawks Post Game Live.
For the majority of Blackhawks games this season, Comcast SportsNet will provide viewers with Verizon Wireless Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evening's match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:30 PM or later, including weekend games on Dec. 16 & 31 at Columbus, Jan. 13 & Apr. 7 at Detroit and Feb. 3 at San Jose. (NOTE: For games beginning at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive pre-game coverage in either SportsNite or Chicago Tribune Live).
Following the game, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Blackhawks Post Game Live. Blackhawks Post Game Live will also feature coverage of head coach Trent Yawney's post-game press conference and interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of evening Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, Comcast SportsNet will air a one-hour version of SportsNite with the most complete recap of the day's top local and national sports news.
In addition to one pre-season telecast, two regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Comcast Cable subscribers can watch all CSN+ games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN+ telecasts on a to-be-determined channel (visit www.comcastsportsnet.com for more information).
Comcast SportsNet also features unique locally produced programming including Land Rover SportsNite at 6:30 pm, Jim Beam SportsNite at 10:00 pm and Midnight, McDonald's SportsRise (Monday-Friday, 5:00-10:00 am & Saturday-Sunday, 7:00-9:00 am) and Hyundai SportsDay (Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:00 pm), daily sports newscasts designed to inform and entertain the local sports fan with the latest news affecting their teams and the world of sports, plus, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Chicago and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers (Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30 pm), a weeknight talk show discussing the day's most pressing sports stories.
Comcast SportsNet currently consists of four regional sports networks servicing the Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, and Northern and Central California television markets. In addition, Comcast SportsNet manages SportsNet New York, which serves the greater New York region. Together, the five networks reach over 22 million households providing local sports coverage to each respective market, including live game action for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, and Chicago Blackhawks; the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, and Sacramento Kings; and MLB's Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and New York Mets.