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NHL National TV Schedule Released

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Frisco, Tex. -- The National Hockey League announced today the television schedules for national United States TV partners NBC and VERSUS for the 2009-10 NHL regular-season. The Dallas Stars will be seen nationally on VERSUS five times, and possibly once on NBC. Three of these contests include a slight time-change.

The rundown:

Dallas Stars Games on VERSUS (Central Time)
Wed., Nov. 25 – St. Louis at Dallas (game time changed to 7 pm)
Tues., Dec. 29 – Chicago at Dallas (game time changed to 7 pm)
Mon., Jan. 18 – Minnesota at Dallas (7 pm)
Tues., Feb. 2 – Minnesota at Dallas (game time changed to 7 pm)
Mon., Mar. 8 – Dallas at Washington (6 pm)

Dallas Stars Game Possible Flexible Game of the Week on NBC
Sun., Mar. 14 – Colorado at Dallas (2 pm)

The Dallas Stars’ complete local television schedule is expected to be released soon.

In the U.S., NBC and VERSUS return for a fifth consecutive season as national television partners.  In Canada, CBC begins its 57th regular-season of NHL broadcasts while TSN remains the national English-language cable partner as part of a multi-year deal. RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its seventh year of NHL coverage. All five national television partners recorded year-to-year ratings and viewership increases for the 2008-09 regular-season.

The NHL regular-season opens on Oct. 1 – just 43 days from today – with national doubleheaders in the U.S. and Canada. That night, VERSUS will present the Washington Capitals visiting the Boston Bruins at 6 pm, CT, followed by the San Jose Sharks in Colorado against the Avalanche at 9 pm, CT.

The next day, four teams will be overseas to play NHL regular-season games in Europe for the 2009 Compuware/NHL Premiere series. VERSUS will present a special Friday European doubleheader on Oct. 2. First, the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will face-off in Helsinki, Finland at 11 am, CT., followed by the Detroit Red Wings vs. the St. Louis Blues from Stockholm, Sweden. 

On Jan. 1, NBC will again televise what has become the signature event for hockey fans everywhere to celebrate the game they love – the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic. The game, which starts at Noon, CT, features Philadelphia and Boston squaring off outdoors at historic Fenway Park. With an average of over 4.4 million viewers, the 2009 NHL Winter Classic drew the largest American television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years.

After NBC launches its NHL coverage Jan. 1, the NBC NHL “Game of the Week” drops the puck on Sunday, Jan. 17th. The NHL and NBC will again collaborate on flexible scheduling for NBC's regular-season dates, providing fans the most exciting match-up available. Thirteen days prior to the scheduled game, a game will be selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC “Game of the Week” games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in High Definition. NBC will again broadcast games in the postseason, including Games 1, 2 and 5 through 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in prime time.

VERSUS will televise 54 regular season games, wall-to-wall Stanley Cup Playoff action and Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

NHL Network plans to televise up to 78 live games for its American audience, all in HD. More information on the dates and times of NHL Network’s 2009-10 schedules will be released in the near future. In addition, the network’s signature show, “NHL On The Fly,” returns nightly providing highlights and analysis of every NHL game.

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