Leafs TV announced Tuesday that it will air Game 1 of the 2002 Calder Cup Playoffs between the St. John's Maple Leafs and the Providence Bruins at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Brian Rogers will handle play-by-play duties with Rick Vaive providing colour commentary. The regular pre-game show Molson Game Face will preview the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers matchup at 6 p.m. (ET), followed by Rivals, then the Calder Cup playoff game and concluding with After the Horn immediately following the contest.
"Leafs TV has followed the exploits of the St. John's Maple Leafs throughout the AHL season," said John Shannon, executive producer, Leafs TV. "With the game moving right into our backyard, we know that Leafs fans of both the NHL and AHL will enjoy the live, exclusive coverage."
With the new Mile One Arena in St. John's hosting the 2002 Juno Awards on April 14, the playoff series has been moved to Southern Ontario. Game 2 will take place at the Brampton Sports Centre on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. (ET), followed by Game 3 on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., if necessary.
"Air Canada Centre is delighted to host this exciting hockey event for our minor league affiliate," said Bob Hunter, senior vice president & GM, Air Canada Centre. "With lower bowl tickets priced at $18.50 for exciting playoff hockey - it's a great way to spend a Wednesday night."
Leafs TV is available on Star Choice, Rogers, Cogeco and Look TV throughout Ontario, excluding Ottawa Valley. Daily programming schedules and information on how to order the channel is available at mapleleafs.com. Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment owns Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Air Canada Centre. The channel launched in September 2001 coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs.