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NHL Announces Television Schedule for 2007-08 Season

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
NEW YORK (August 15, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, RDS, HDNet and NHL Network for the 2007-08 season.

**The Columbus Blue Jackets play four games on national television:
  • Saturday, December 1 at Calgary @ 10 p.m. on CBC
  • Monday, December 3 vs. Dallas @ 7 p.m. on VERSUS
  • Friday, February 15 at Detroit @ 7:30 p.m. on TSN
  • Sunday, March 16 vs. Detroit @ 3 p.m. on NBC (This is one of three games that is part of NBC's flex scheduling and may or may not be shown)

In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a third year as the NHL’s national television partners.  In Canada, CBC begins its 55th consecutive year of NHL broadcast coverage while TSN – which began covering the NHL in 1985 – is once again the national cable partner.  RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its fifth year televising regular-season Montreal Canadiens and other select games.  HDNet, a national High Definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its sixth year of NHL coverage, while NHL Network heads into its fourth year of televising live NHL regular season games.

The NHL’s 90th anniversary season begins 45 days from today when the Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings open the 2007-08 regular season with the two-game NHL Premiere series at London's O2 Arena on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 (both starts noon ET).  The season-opening game Saturday will be covered live by HDNet in the U.S. and by CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada.”  VERSUS begins its season with the live telecast of Sunday’s game.  The remainder of the regular season begins Wednesday, Oct. 3 and the 56th NHL All-Star Game will be played Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

On Oct. 3, VERSUS’ coverage features a doubleheader with Anaheim and the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. ET followed by the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET.  Every U.S.-based team will be featured at least once on VERSUS during the 2007-08 NHL season.  In total, VERSUS will present 57 regular-season games, All-Star weekend, extensive playoff action and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.  The network’s studio show, “Hockey Central,” features new host Bill Patrick and returning analysts Keith Jones and Brian Engblom.

The NBC NHL “Game of the Week” drops the puck on Sunday, Jan. 20 with an exciting new twist to ensure fans are provided with the most exciting match-up available: the NHL will offer flexible scheduling for NBC's nine regular-season dates.  NBC will select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. Thirteen days prior to the scheduled games a game will be selected for broadcast on NBC.  All NBC regular-season games will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time and all games will be presented in High Definition.  NBC will again broadcast the postseason, including Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in prime time.  

The “NHL on HDNet” this season will continue offering fans a flexible schedule of games airing on Thursday and Saturday nights.  HDNet will update its broadcast schedule bi-monthly so that it will be able to feature the hottest players, teams and match-ups.  All “NHL on HDNet” broadcasts are original HDNet productions broadcast in 1080i HD and 16x9 widescreen format.

In Canada, CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada” on Thursday, Oct. 4 presents a special mid-week doubleheader beginning at 7 p.m. ET with the Ottawa Senators hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers taking on the Flames in Calgary at 10 p.m. ET.  The remainder of CBC’s 85-game broadcast schedule includes 18 regional match-ups, 23 all-Canadian match-ups, 10 afternoon games, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, seven tripleheaders, the All-Star Game and more games than ever available in HD.

“NHL on TSN” this season features a 70-game national broadcast package with increased coverage of the six Canadian clubs.  Coverage gets underway Oct. 3 at 7:30pm ET with the battle of Ontario featuring the Senators facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto.  TSN will televise 40 regular-season games featuring Canadian teams, up from 36 last season, as well as three all-Canadian match-ups.  Additionally, three-quarters of TSN’s “Wednesday Night Hockey” games will involve a Canadian club and each of the six Canadian teams will make a minimum of five appearances.  More than half of the network’s telecasts will air in High Definition on TSN HD.

NHL Network will air 40 live NHL games during the 2007-08 regular season, including a “Game-of-the-Week” match-up and the popular “Fan Favorite” game, giving viewers a choice of which games they want to watch.  In addition, NHL Network will televise 12 pre-season games, while the network’s signature show, “NHL On The Fly,” returns nightly from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, giving hockey fans live look-ins on NHL games across the league.  

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About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America.  Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, NASN, NHL Network and HDNet) and radio (Westwood One and XM Radio).  Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey’s All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players.

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