TSN has acquired regional rights to 24 Montreal Canadiens games a season, beginning this Monday. The games will be seen in the shared Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens territory, which consists of Atlantic Canada, Quebec and parts of Ontario including Ottawa, Pembroke, Kingston and Belleville. Elsewhere you will be able to see these games on NHL Centre Ice. The games will air on an alternate feed that is included with a subscription to TSN.
Also beginning next season TSN will have 30 Canadiens regional games in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This is the first time that Canadiens fans in Quebec, Atlantic Canada and eastern Ontario have recieved regional games since 2001-02 when Rogers Sportsnet East carried a package of games. These 24 games are in addition to the 16 Canadiens games that TSN will air nationally. This means that 40 Canadiens games will air on TSN, with an additional 28 on CBC and one game on Rogers Sportsnet East (which will be a Senators broadcast). That means that 69 Canadiens games will be broadcast in English this season.
The games will be available in both High Definition and Standard Definition, with TSN’s Dave Randorf and Mike Johnson on the call. They will be TSN productions. Bell has already announced that the games will be available on 1402 in HD and 402 in SD. It is expected that Shaw Direct, Rogers, Eastlink and Videotron will make the games available too; however, you should contact your provider to make sure this happens.