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Canucks release 2008-09 broadcast schedule

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks released their television schedule today and once again all 82 regular season games will be broadcast during the 2008-09 season. An additional four pre-season games will be televised with three games produced by Canucks TV to air on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific and one pre-season broadcast by TSN. The regular season schedule begins Thursday, October 9th, with the CBC’s broadcast of the Canucks season and home opener versus the Calgary Flames.

This year’s regular season TV schedule includes 45 broadcasts on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific, 25 games on national television and 12 games on Canucks TV Pay Per View. Canucks play-by-play broadcaster, John Shorthouse will make his Sportsnet debut on October 17th at Buffalo alongside analyst John Garrett and host Dan Murphy. A schedule of games available in High Definition will be announced at a later date.

Canucks fans can enjoy prime time viewing for the vast majority of games with 49 of 82 televised games beginning at 7:00 p.m. or later. An additional nine games beginning before 7:00 pm fall on weekends. Three weekend home games in the schedule feature family-friendly start times including a 4:00pm start on Saturday, November 15th vs Toronto, a 5:00 pm start on Sunday, January 18th vs Columbus and a 5:00pm start on Sunday, March 1st vs Columbus.

Vancouver’s broadcast schedule includes a number of marquee match-ups including the return of the home and road series versus Eastern Canadian teams starting with home dates versus Toronto on Saturday, November 15th, Ottawa on Sunday, December 28th and Montreal on Sunday, February 15th. The 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings host the Canucks during their first road trip of the season, on October 16th at Joe Louis Arena. Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning visit General Motors Place on Friday, February 27th

In addition to the 70 games on “conventional” TV, the Canucks are pleased to offer fans all remaining games on Canucks TV PPV. The format of Canucks TV allows for in-depth broadcast features and analysis throughout the course of the game. Canucks fans can look forward to a broadcast with, pre and post-game shows, complete game day coverage and no commercials. John Shorthouse and Tom Larscheid will call every game. Canucks TV Pay Per View games will be available in HD with further information regarding HD carriers available soon. Canucks TV carriers include, Shaw Digital Cable, Bell ExpressVu, Star Choice, & Telus TV.

Download the updated schedule: PDF, Excel, CSV, iCal (home games), iCal (road games)
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