2015 IIHF World Championship on TSN Begins Friday

With their additional channels feeds, TSN will be broadcasting more games than ever from the annual Ice Hockey World Championship which begins Friday. Canadians will see 58 games from the tournament, more than double from last year. The broadcast crew is as follows:

TSN’s acclaimed broadcast team of play-by-play commentator Gord Miller and analyst Ray Ferraro call all Team Canada and Group A games from Prague. They are joined by Bryan Mudryk, who delivers rink-side reporting throughout the tournament, and former Swiss Team National coach Sean Simpson, who will provide colour commentary for select Group A games. Play-by-play commentator Dennis Beyak and analyst Shane Hnidy call Group B games from the broadcast booth in Ostrava.

Hosting the network’s coverage from the TSN Studio is Rod Black. He is joined throughout the tournament by analysts Bob Errey and Dave Reid and TSN’s Director of Scouting Craig Button.

All Canada games will get a primetime encore presentation and TSN GO users can watch them live and/or on demand.

Schedule is as follows below. All times are Eastern. Continue reading

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World Juniors Begin Boxing Day

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:

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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.

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TSN to Re-broadcast 1987 Canada Cup Final Series

Lemieux and Gretzky celebrate the famous goal in the ’87 Canada Cup Final.

Those, like myself, who aren’t old enough to have lived the 1987 Canada Cup will get a second chance to see the series that many have dubbed the greatest hockey ever played. Those who were lucky enough to see it live will get a second chance. TSN is re-broadcasting each game of the 1987 Canada Cup Final between Canada and the Soviet Union this week.

Each broadcast will air in a three hour window, from 7:30pm until 10:30pm Eastern. Game 1 airs on Tuesday, September 11; Game 2 on Wednesday, September 12 and Game 3 on Thursday, September 14. For those who don’t know the results, I won’t spoil them. Game 1 was played at the Montreal Forum, with the 2nd and 3rd games at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.

Both teams were lined with stars. Canada included Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Doug Gilmour, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr. The Soviet team included future NHL stars (Soviets didn’t play in the NHL at the time) such as Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Kravchuk, Igor Larionov, Valeri Kamensky, Sergei Makarov, Anatoli Semenov and Vladimir Krutov.

The games were originally broadcast on CTV with commentators Dan Kelly and Ron Reusch. Of note, Kelly died only two years later due to lung cancer. He is considered one of the greatest hockey commentators in history. TSN will supplant CTV’s original coverage with their own studio segments hosted by Mike Johnson. Mike Keenan (Canadian head coach), Larry Murphy (Canadian player) and Igor Larionov (Soviet player) will join Johnson in studio for analysis.

The coverage will be shown in re-mastered 4:3, it’s original picture format. TSN will also add a scorebug to their coverage.

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.

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World U18 Hockey Championship Starts Tomorrow on TSN

The 2012 World Under-18 Hockey Championship starts tomorrow in the Czech Republic. TSN and RDS will broadcast it in Canada. Here is TSN’s press release.

As Canada’s next generation of hockey stars go for gold at the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP, TSN delivers live coverage of the tournament from the Czech Republic beginning Tuesday, April 17.

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP features at least four games, including Team Canada’s final preliminary round match-up against the United States along with one quarter-final and one semifinal game, and the Gold Medal final (see broadcast schedule below).

All games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at TSN.ca. French-language coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP is available on RDS, RDS2 and RDS INFO.

TSN’s Dave Randorf calls the action from the broadcast booth alongside game analyst Craig Button. Nabil Karim hosts the coverage and is joined in the TSN studio by analyst Dave Reid.

Team Canada is headlined by a host of elite 2012 NHL Draft prospects including defenceman Mathew Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels and forward Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls. Dumba serves as captain of this year’s squad as it looks to improve on its fourth place finish at last year’s tournament in Germany. Canada is a two-time gold medallist at World Under-18 Championship, winning in 2003 and 2008.

TSN is the official broadcaster of all Hockey Canada events.

Here is the broadcast schedule. All times ET. All games are on TSN. RDS will show every game except the final, as far as I can tell.

Tuesday 4/17, 2:00pm – Canada vs. United States
Thursday 4/19, 9:00am – Quarterfinal
Friday 4/20, 1:00pm – Semifinal
Sunday 4/22, 6:00am – Bronze Medal Game*
Sunday 4/22, 10:00am – Championship Game

*TSN will only show the bronze medal game is Canada is playing in it.

2012 World Women’s Hockey Championship: Starts Saturday on TSN

The World Women’s Hockey Championship is taking place in Burlington, VT beginning this weekend. TSN will show Canada’s group stage games, plus a quarterfinal, semifinal and the championship game.

Here is their press release.

With a roster led by veterans Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford, Team Canada is on the hunt for gold at the 2012 IIHF WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP taking place April 7-14 in Burlington, Vermont. TSN’s exclusive live coverage begins this Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET with Canada’s opening game against USA. Coverage includes all of Canada’s preliminary round games, plus semifinal #1 and the Gold Medal Game (see complete broadcast schedule below).

All games on TSN can be seen live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand on TSN.ca. French-language coverage of the tournament is available on RDS.

TSN’s Rod Black handles play-by-play duties alongside colour commentator Cheryl Pounder, a five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist, while TSN’s Kate Beirness is joined in studio by Jennifer Botterill, a five-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medallist.

Canada has appeared in every world championship final since the tournament’s inception, winning a total of nine world titles. Canada’s last world championship victory was in 2007 when the squad defeated USA to win the gold.

Continue after the break for the broadcast schedule.

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TSN Shuns the Hockey Worlds

The World Hockey Championships have always been overshadowed by the NHL playoffs in Canada. They have even been laughed at by the public. Now TSN is taking it to a new level as the Final of the World Hockey Championships between Finland and Sweden will be seen only on tape delay because of the NLL Championship game between the Toronto Rock and Washington Stealth. Meanwhile TSN2 will air a NASCAR race, one that is also available on Fox.

While I love that TSN aired 18 games from the Worlds, including all the quarterfinals and semifinals, live, it really bothers me that they aren’t airing the final live. The IIHF Final will be played live at 2:30pm ET, which means it will just be finishing as TSN comes on the air to show it.