2012 World Hockey Championships: Begin This Morning on TSN

If anyone is looking for a Canadian team of NHL players to cheer for now that the Canucks and Senators are eliminated from the playoffs, here is your answer. The national men’s team at the World Championships in Finland and Sweden. TSN and RDS are showing the tournament.

Here is Bell’s press release.

Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Dion Phaneuf join Olympic gold medallists Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Duncan Keith as Team Canada hits the ice at the 2012 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP taking place in Finland and Sweden from May 4-20. TSN’s exclusive live coverage begins Friday, May 4 at 5 a.m. ET with U.S.A. vs. France followed by Canada’s opening game against Slovakia at 9 a.m. ET. Coverage includes all of Canada and U.S.A.’s preliminary round match-ups, plus the playoffs and Gold Medal Game (see complete broadcast schedule below).

The world rankings following the 2012 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will be used to determine groupings for Sochi 2014.

All 2012 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP games broadcast on TSN can also be seen live on TSN Mobile TV. In addition, Team Canada games are available on-demand on TSN.ca and live on TSN Radio in Toronto (AM 1050) and nationally online on TSN.ca/Radio. French-language coverage of the tournament is available on RDS.

TSN’s Dave Randorf handles play-by-play duties alongside colour commentator Mike Johnson, while TSN’s Rod Black is joined in studio by former NHL player Bob Errey, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and World Champion.

The 2012 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP features the top men’s hockey teams from 16 countries with players not participating in the NHL playoffs, including Team Russia’s Evgeni Malkin, Finland’s Jussi Jokinen and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg. Team Canada is led by a young roster of all-stars including Eberle, Kane, Nugent-Hopkins, and John Tavares, along with veterans Phaneuf, Getzlaf, Perry, Keith, and Patrick Sharp. Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter is joined by associate coaches Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes and Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Continue after the break for the broadcast schedule.

All times Eastern. Unless otherwise noted, all games are on TSN. RDS will show Canadian games in French.

Friday 5/4, 5:00am – United States vs. France
Friday 5/4, 9:00am – Canada vs. Slovakia
Saturday 5/5, 11:45am – Canada vs. United States
Monday 5/7, 9:00am – Canada vs. France
Monday 5/7, 1:00pm – United States vs. Slovakia
Wednesday 5/9, 1:00pm – Canada vs. Suisse
Thursday 5/10, 9:00am – United States vs. Belarus
Friday 5/11, 9:00am – United States vs. Kazakhstan
Friday 5/11, 1:00pm – Canada vs. Finland
Saturday 5/12, 1:00pm – Canada vs. Kazakhstan
Sunday 5/13, 2:30pm – United States vs. Finland (TSN2)
Tuesday 5/15, 5:00am – Canada vs. Belarus
Tuesday 5/15, 1:00pm – United States vs. Suisse

Thursday 5/17, 5:45am – Quarterfinal #1
Thursday 5/17, 8:30am – Quarterfinal #2
Thursday 5/17, 11:15am – Quarterfinal #3
Thursday 5/17, 2:00pm – Quarterfinal #4
Saturday 5/19, 7:15am – Semifinal #1
Saturday 5/19, 11:15am – Semifinal #2
Sunday 5/20, 8:45am – 3rd Place Game
Sunday 5/20, 1:15pm – Championship Game

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