I probably don’t really need to tell anyone that the World Junior Hockey Championship starts in one week. Fans
who can’t make it out to their local rink have been waiting since June for meaningful hockey. Undoubtedly Canadians will wake up at 5:30am (that’s for those in the maritimes) and earlier to watch Canada obliterate Germany on Boxing Day. This is the first time since 2008 (no that is not a typo) that the tournament has taken place outside of North America. And it isn’t just in Europe, but its in Ufa, Russia; 11 hours ahead of Toronto. While that should result in lower ratings for TSN, I’m still betting they will do just fine.
TSN is producing the world feed for the 2013 World Juniors. That, in itself, is not odd. However, this is the first time ever that TSN has produced the world feed for an event taking place in Russia. You can see TSN producer Paul Graham talk more about this below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn2ulaqNxJc]
TSN will broadcast sixteen games from Russia, along with four pre-competition games this week from Finland. TSN will also have pre and post game shows for all Team Canada games. Encores will air later in the day as well. A sixty minute preview show will air on Christmas Eve. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will host TSN’s World Juniors coverage from Toronto, while Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro will provide play-by-play from Ufa.
TSN.ca is also offering live streaming; however, it is pay-per-view. I’m disappointed that TSN is doing this. For years they have offered free live streaming of the World Juniors. At the cost of $4 a game, or $20 for the entire tournament, paying for TSN itself is a cheaper option. With most of Canada’s games on before people go to work (and again at night), I have to wonder how many will be willing to pay the steep price.
Continue after the break for the complete schedule.
All times are Atlantic Standard Time. And all broadcasts are on TSN unless otherwise noted.
Thursday 12/20, 10:30am – Canada vs. Finland (encore: 8:30pm)
Thursday 12/20, 1:30pm – United States vs. Sweden
Saturday 12/22, 7:00am – Finland vs. United States (encore: 10:30pm on TSN2)
Saturday 12/12, 10:00am – Canada vs. Sweden (encore: 8pm on TSN)
Wednesday 12/26, 5:30am – Canada vs. Germany (encores: 1pm and 8:30pm)
Wednesday 12/26, 10:00am – Slovakia vs. Russia
Thursday 12/27, 10:00am – United States vs. Germany
Friday 12/28, 5:30am – Canada vs. Slovakia (encores: 1pm and 8:30pm)
Friday 12/28, 10:00am – Russia vs. United States
Saturday 12/29, 10:00am – Germany vs. Russia
Sunday 12/30, 5:30am – Canada vs. United States (encores: 1pm on TSN and 9pm on TSN2)
Sunday 12/30, 10:00am – Slovakia vs. Germany
Monday 12/31, 6:00am – United States vs. Slovakia
Monday 12/31, 10:00am – Canada vs. Russia (encores: 1pm and 8:30pm)
Wednesday 1/2, 5:00am – Quarterfinal #1
Wednesday 1/2, 9:00am – Quarterfinal #2
Thursday 1/3, 5:00am – Semifinal #1
Thursday 1/3, 9:00am – Semifinal #2
Saturday 1/5, 5:00am – Bronze Medal Game
Saturday 1/5, 9:00am – Gold Medal Final (encore: 8:30pm)
Encores of the quarterfinals and semi finals are still to-be-decided depending on where Canada finishes in the group phase.