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Maple Leafs announce 2002-03 TV broadcast schedule

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday their television broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2002-03 season. All 82 regular season games will be broadcast live among four networks: TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, the New VR and CBC. In addition, all nine preseason games will be shown exclusively on Leafs TV.

Jo-Ann McArthur, president, Molson Sports & Entertainment, stated, "We are proud to return once again as the broadcast producer of Molson Canadian Leaf Hockey. Molson Sports & Entertainment has produced more televised hockey than anyone else over the last 50 years, but what keeps our telecasts fresh is our innovative approach to bringing new experiences to the viewers."

"Toronto is a hockey town and Leaf fans are among the most passionate and loyal in the game today," says Keith Pelley, president, The Sports Network. "Our ongoing partnership with Molson and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment allows us to bring fans top-notch coverage and excitement of their favourite team." TSN will show a total of 30 Toronto games, including seven nationally.

"Rogers Sportsnet has a commitment to 'home team' coverage so we are extremely excited at the prospect of bringing 15 Maple Leafs games to our viewers on Sportsnet Ontario for the 2002-03 NHL season," says Dave Akande, vice president, programming, Rogers Sportsnet.

CBC will again have exclusive rights to Saturday night games involving the Maple Leafs and will broadcast 27 games, while the new VR will air 10 games.

"We look forward to another great season of Molson Canadian Leaf Hockey," says Tom Anselmi, senior vice-president of business and chief marketing officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. "With Rogers Sportsnet coming on board to join TSN and the new VR, Leafs fans can look forward to another year of exciting action presented by three outstanding broadcasters."
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