Deal Includes 22 'Game Of The Week' Match-ups, All-Star Game And Kelly Cup Playoffs
– NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games of the ECHL, a league with affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL franchises and 26 of 29 American Hockey League (AHL) clubs. The broadcast package provides NHL Network in Canada and the U.S. with 22 'Game of the Week' match-ups throughout the remainder of the 2007-08 season, airing Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET. The deal also includes the Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Game and the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
This is the sixth consecutive year of ECHL action on NHL Network (see complete broadcast schedule below).
NHL Network's broadcast schedule gets underway on Saturday, Nov. 17 with Alaska @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET. Highlights of the network's schedule include nine games featuring the defending Kelly Cup champion Idaho Steelheads, live coverage of the 16th annual ECHL Chase Chevrolet All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 and the Kelly Cup Playoffs in Spring 2008. Over the years, 333 former ECHL players have suited up in the NHL.
This marks the second broadcast agreement this week for NHL Network, which previously unveiled a 20-game broadcast package with the AHL for the 2007-08 season.
NHL Network's 2007-08 ECHL broadcast schedule is as follows:
· Saturday, Nov. 17 - Alaska @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Nov. 24 - Utah @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Dec. 1 - Pensacola @ Florida at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Dec. 8 - TBA at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Dec. 22 - Wheeling @ Cincinnati at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Jan. 5 - Idaho @ Las Vegas at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Jan. 12 - South Carolina @ Florida at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Jan. 19 - Johnstown @ Elmira at 7 p.m. ET
· Wednesday, Jan. 23 - 2008 All-Star Game live at 10 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Jan. 26 - 2008 All-Star Game (encore) at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Feb. 2 - Alaska @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Feb. 9 - Bakersfield @ Stockton at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Feb. 16 - Augusta @ Florida at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Feb. 23 - Gwinnett @ Elmira at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Mar. 1 - Phoenix @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Mar 8 - Trenton @ Wheeling at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Mar. 15 - Idaho @ Bakersfield at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Mar. 22 - Reading @ Elmira at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Mar. 29 - Idaho @ Stockton at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Apr. 5 - Gwinnett @ Florida at 7 p.m. ET
· Saturday, Apr. 12 - Fresno @ Idaho at 7 p.m. ET
Schedule subject to change
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