Sportsnet Grabs Canadiens Regional English-Language Broadcasts

montreal-canadiensFans in Eastern Canada have been waiting patiently for TSN or Sportsnet to secure the English-language rights for the Montreal Canadiens and today their wishes were granted as Sportsnet announced they will broadcast 42 regional games this season in the first year of a three-year deal. As part of the deal, eight additional Montreal games will now be carried nationally for a total of 40 with all Habs games available in English for the first time.

The majority of games will air on the regionalized Sportsnet East. Surprisingly, three games (Oct 13, Nov 20, Dec 18) will be shown on City Montreal, which is not available for fans in Atlantic Canada, which is part of Montreal’s home viewing area. These three games conflict with NFL Thursday Night Football and MLB playoffs.

Rogers haven’t given any information as to who will be calling the action inside the booth, and whether they bring in two more people or they utilize their existing and long list of announcers already released.

UPDATE: The English broadcast team has been announced. John Bartlett will be leaving behind his gig calling Canadiens games on radio and move to television in the play-by-play role. Former NHL defenceman Jason York and previous analyst for Senators regional broadcasts will join him in the booth. Rinkside reporter and hosting duties will be shared between former CBC’er David Amber and and Montreal radio and television personality Chantal Desjardins.

PS: Habs fans outside of Quebec/Atlantic Canada, please don’t fill the comment section whining about how you no longer get all 82 games. You had a good ride while everyone else got shafted, now you get to join the slums of actually being blacked out.

Full schedule is below. All times are Eastern and schedule is subject to change.

Monday, Oct. 13, Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm City Montreal
Tuesday, Oct. 21, Detroit at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Oct. 28, Montreal at Calgary, 9pm Sportsnet East

Tuesday, Nov. 4, Chicago at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Nov. 11, Winnipeg at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Nov. 18, Pittsburgh at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Nov. 20, St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30pm City Montreal
Friday, Nov. 28, Montreal at Buffalo, 7pm Sportsnet East

Monday, Dec. 1, Montreal at Colorado, 9pm Sportsnet East
Friday, Dec. 5, Montreal at Chicago, 8:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Dec. 9, Vancouver at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Friday, Dec. 12, Los Angeles at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Dec. 16, Carolina at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Dec. 18, Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30pm City Montreal
Tuesday, Dec. 23, Montreal at New York Islanders, 7pm Sportsnet East
Monday, Dec. 29, Montreal at Carolina, 7pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Dec. 30, Montreal at Florida, 7:30pm Sportsnet East

Friday, Jan. 2, Montreal at New Jersey, 7pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Jan. 6, Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Jan. 15, Montreal at Ottawa, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Jan. 20, Nashville at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Jan. 27, Dallas at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Jan. 29, Montreal at New York Rangers, 7pm Sportsnet East

Tuesday, Feb. 3, Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Feb. 10, Philadelphia at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Feb. 12, Edmonton at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Monday, Feb. 16, Montreal at Detroit, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Feb. 19, Florida at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, Feb. 24, Montreal at St. Louis, 8pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, Feb. 26, Montreal at Columbus, 7pm Sportsnet East

Monday, March 2, Montreal at San Jose, 10pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, March 5, Montreal at Los Angeles, 10:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, March 10, Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, March 12, Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Monday, March 16, Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, March 17, Montreal at Florida, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, March 19, Carolina at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Tuesday, March 24, Montreal at Nashville, 8 p.m. ET Sportsnet East
Thursday, March 26, Montreal at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. ET Sportsnet East
Monday, March 30, Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East

Thursday, April 2, Washington at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East
Thursday, April 9, Detroit at Montreal, 7:30pm Sportsnet East

11 thoughts on “Sportsnet Grabs Canadiens Regional English-Language Broadcasts

  1. Those living in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario as well as all parts of Ontario located in shared Leafs, Senators & Canadiens territory will get the regional broadcasts as well.

    • Correct. I was just simplifying it as I quickly typed it up. Whomever gets SN East as their primary SN channel is in the Habs regional area.

  2. Are the games on TVA Sports national as they were on RDS?

  3. This is also huge news for those in the States that subscribe to NHL Center Ice and NHL GameCenter Live so they can get a Canadiens local feed. Those services in the States wouldn’t carry a French language feed unless the other team wouldn’t carry the game.

  4. For the 3 games on City Montreal, I am surprised that there is no secondary backup Sportsnet channel being made like Sportsnet Habs. The Senators had SN Sens and the other SN teams have that kind of channel (SN Flames, SN Oilers, and SN Vancouver).

    • Probably because there is no point setting up and paying for a brand new channel for only three games and that there are already seven different Sportsnet stations, plus City.

      • Okay, but the Canucks have released their SN schedule (just yesterday afternoon) and there will only be 4 games on SN Vancouver.

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