2015 Canada Winter Games on TSN and RDS

I have no idea what the Canada Games are. I’m fairly positive I have never ever heard of the Canada Games. It seems a little weird for a country to have its own mini-Olympics. I’m also confused as to why sports such as archery, gymnastics, badminton, squash and judo are in the winter version.

Anywho, TSN and RDS will be covering the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Apparently they’ve been doing this for the past nine events. They will run from February 13 to March 1. All the details below.

TSN and RDS are once again bringing Canadians live coverage of the CANADA GAMES, delivering 40 hours of the action from Prince George, B.C. – host city of the 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES. Marking the ninth CANADA GAMES to air on TSN and RDS, the 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES officially get underway with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2 and RDS2 and culminate with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2 and RDS.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist and past CANADA GAMES participant Catriona Le May Doan will be in the TSN Studio to anchor TSN’s live coverage of the 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES. SPORTSCENTRE’s Paul Hollingsworth will provide play-by-play throughout the CANADA GAMES, including men’s hockey alongside analyst Dave Reid and women’s hockey alongside analyst Cheryl Pounder.

TSN’s broadcast team also features:
Speed Skating: Two-time Olympic silver medallist Susan Auch
Curling: Olympic bronze medallist Melissa Soligo
Badminton: London 2012 Team Canada badminton head coach Ram Nayyar

“We are proud to deliver comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” said Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. “Through our broadcast and webcast partnerships, the spirit of the 2015 Games and the northern story will be shared across the nation. From the excitement of the Opening Ceremony to the joy of winning a gold medal, Canadians will be able to journey with us to the 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES from the comfort of their homes.”

The 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES brings together more than 2,400 athletes, 1,000 coaches and officials, up to 4,500 volunteers, hundreds of media, and thousands of visitors in Prince George – the first city in British Columbia to host a winter edition of the games. The CANADA GAMES are held once every two years and alternate between winter and summer, representing the highest level of national competition for up-and-coming Canadian athletes.

TSN’s broadcast schedule for the 2015 CANADA WINTER GAMES is below (visit RDS.ca for RDS’s broadcast schedule):

Friday, Feb. 13: 10 p.m. ET – Opening Ceremony (TSN2)
Saturday, Feb. 14: 11 p.m. ET – Women’s Hockey – Quebec vs. BC (TSN2)
Sunday, Feb. 15: 11 p.m. ET – Men’s Curling – Alberta vs. BC (TSN2)
Monday, Feb. 16: 10:30 p.m. ET – Women’s Hockey – Ontario vs. Quebec (TSN2)
Tuesday, Feb. 17: 12:30 p.m. ET – Long Track Speed Skating (TSN2)
Wednesday, Feb. 18: 6 p.m. ET – Short Track Speed Skating – 500m (TSN2)
Thursday, Feb. 19: 11 p.m. ET – Men’s Curling Semifinal (TSN2)
Friday, Feb. 20: 10:30 p.m. ET – Women’s Hockey: Gold Medal Game (TSN2)
Monday, Feb. 23: 10:30 p.m. ET – Men’s Hockey – Manitoba vs. BC (TSN1)
Tuesday, Feb. 24: 1 p.m. ET – Women’s Curling – Ontario vs. Saskatchewan (TSN)
Wednesday, Feb. 25: 12 noon ET – Badminton Finals (TSN)
Thursday, Feb. 26: 4 p.m. ET – Recap Show (TSN)
Friday, Feb. 27: 7 p.m. ET – Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal #1 (TSN2)
Friday, Feb. 27: 10:30 p.m. ET – Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal #2 (TSN2)
Saturday, Feb. 28: 11:30 p.m. ET – Women’s Curling – Gold Medal Game (TSN2)
Sunday, March 1: 2:30 p.m. ET – Men’s Hockey – Gold Medal Game (TSN5)
Sunday, March 1: 7 p.m. ET – Closing Ceremony (TSN2)

11 thoughts on “2015 Canada Winter Games on TSN and RDS

  1. Wow, you should get out of your city more.

  2. I just cannot believe that a sports guy has no clue that there are a Canada winter and summer games. Or that every province have their own provincial games as well. How do you think athletes get to the Olympic level?
    As for gymnastics, squash, badminton et all in the winter games, these are indoor games which naturally (like Basketball) are played during wintertime.

  3. Are you serious that you have never heard of the Canada Games or was that a failed attempt at humour? Anyhow, the Canada Games are the precusor to the Olympics for most Canadian athletes and have been on since 1967. Many famous athletes have been involved in the Canada Games. Steve Nash compted in 1993, Nathan McKinnon (and the majority of the WJHC team) competed in Halifax in 2011, among many others. Top level developmental athletes compete for a chance to become national team members in their various sports. It is for athletes at the 5th and 6th stages of the LTAD (hopefully you know what an LTAD is – and it is not just a Canadian thing). But if you have never heard of it, then you have ever heard of it – which seems to be par for the course for most Canadians when it comes to Canadian amateur sports (such as the CIS), and that, in my opionion, is a little bit sad.

  4. Canada Games is not overly popular, I would think a lot of people haven’t heard of it

    • No, most probably don’t care about it or follow it but I suspect most have at least heard of it. For a person who supposedly follows sports closely it seems embarrassing to have never heard of it.

  5. The sports in question are in the winter because many of them are competed in the winter. It’s the Olympics that sometimes has skewed ideas about summer and winter sports. For example, basketball is played professionally in the fall/winter/spring in most nations yet it’s a summer Olympic sport. Canada’s wrestling competition calender at the senior level is mostly fall through March yet it’s another summer sport. The list goes on…

  6. To address your comments crushing me: Like a strong majority of sports fans, the only amateur sports I really watch are the Olympics every two years, just like most media outlets. I’ve lived in this country for five years so I haven’t heard about the Games over the many decades of my life. The two that have taken place in that time have been nowhere near me, so there has been little local media coverage. AFAIK, countries such as Australia, USA, England, etc. don’t hold Provincial Games or National Games events, just individual events for each sport, so it’s not like it is a well-known or popular concept.

    • Dan, FYI, all the countries you listed (except for the US), plus many more, do hold national multi-sport developmental games similar to the Canada Games. It is as you stated, they receive little media coverage and therefore are not on the public radar.
      That being said, the main goals of development multi-sport events is to identify potential national team athletes, especially in what might be called “fringe” sports, and are not really spectator events. As for the US, they did have a similar event until 1995 – the National Olympic Sport Festival (which became the US Olympic Sport Festival). Due to Title IX, though, the NCAA adopted the Olympic developmental role. According to the objectives of the NCAA, if a sport is in the Olympics, then the NCAA will add that sport to its championships. FOr instance, Women’s rugby and “Sand” (Beach) Volleyball are now recognized as NCAA sports.
      Anyhow, watch the Canada Games if you can. Sometimes you can see a great performance and the next star, like Steve Nash in 1993, who was an obvious star. Most of the time, though, you will be watching athletes who are at the peak of their athletic careers.

  7. I am not sure if this has anything to do with this article, but I think people should care more about Canadian sports. I am probably one of the few people who follows Canadian Volleyball team.

    Volleyball is quite popular in many countries and Canada is doing quit OK. I’m sure most people rather watch superbawl (or just the commercials) over Canadian National Volleyball team.

    Is it because we’re only good in Hockey? If we were really strong in Soccer, would more people watch it? Or is it just a culture thing to watch more American Sports rather than National games (except Hockey).

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