2012 World Juniors on TSN Preview Show & By the Numbers

I have a couple TSN press releases to start off this Wednesday. Later today I’ll have full information on TSN’s coverage of the 2012 World Juniors, as well as coverage of the World Juniors on radio in Canada. For now here is TSN’s press release with information on their preview show on Christmas Eve, as well as TSN’s “By the Numbers” for their World Juniors coverage.

With only two sleeps to go until the puck drops on this year’s World Juniors, TSN sets the table for the tournament with the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW SHOW on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. ET on TSN. The show also airs live on TSN Mobile TV and is available on-demand at TSN.ca.

James Duthie hosts the 60-minute preview show alongside Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie from the TSN Studio. They will be breaking down Team Canada position by position with the help of play-by-play commentator Gord Miller and game analyst Ray Ferraro, who are calling all of Canada’s games at the World Juniors.

The 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW SHOW also features Miller sitting down with Team Canada head coach Don Hay, McKenzie counting down his top five non-Canadian players to watch in the tournament, the three most dramatic moments from the 30-year history of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, and the tragic story of the two members of the 2011 gold medal-winning Russian junior team who died in the Lokomotiv plane crash in September.

2012 World Juniors By the Numbers

6.1 million – Viewers for last year’s gold medal game broadcast on TSN – the network’s largest average audience ever

1 million – Dollars Campbell River, BC’s Barry Kazimer could win as part of the Chevrolet Volt Million Dollar Shootout during the Canada – USA game on Dec. 31 on TSN

887,000 – Viewers for 2010 USA- Sweden semifinal game on TSN2 – the largest average audience ever recorded for a digital channel

250,000 – # of followers who will receive Bob McKenzie’s World Juniors updates on Twitter – McKenzie has more followers on Twitter than any other media personality in Canada

1991 – Year TSN began broadcasting the World Juniors

218 – World Juniors games that have aired on TSN/TSN2 since 1991 (including 2011)

100 – TSN production and technical staff working on the New Year’s Eve World Juniors doubleheader games

98 – World Junior tournament games called by TSN’s Gord Miller – more than any other broadcaster

55 – Number of projected references to Dougie and Freddie Hamilton being the first brother tandem ever to play for Team Canada at the World Juniors in the past 30 years

26 – Games airing on TSN and TSN2 throughout the 2012 tournament

23 – World Junior tournaments covered by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie (including 2011)

22 – Number of player hometowns James Duthie acknowledges in trademark salute to Canadian gold medallists

13 – Projected number of James Duthie gratuitous references to the Evil Quizmaster during the World Juniors

7 – Ways to tune into the 2011 World Juniors – TSN, TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN Radio, TSN Mobile TV and in French on RDS and RDS2

2 – Number of times Team Canada has won 5 consecutive championships on TSN

1 – Great Canadian holiday tradition shared by hockey fans from coast to coast

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