2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship on TSN

The top sixteen NCAA ice hockey teams compete beginning today for the championship and all games will be broadcast by TSN. The regional semifinals run today until Sunday and then the Frozen Four semifinals plus championship takes place April 9–11.

ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross and lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose call the action from the Frozen Four, with reports from Quint Kessenich.

Here is the full schedule. All times are Eastern. Subject to change.

Friday, March 27

Yale vs. Boston University @ 2pm on TSN2
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech @ 4:30pm on TSN GO
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth @ 5:30pm on TSN3
Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota @ 8pm on TSN3

Saturday, March 28

Boston College vs. Denver @ 3pm on TSN2
RIT vs. Minnesota St. Mankato @4 pm on TSN1
Northeast Regional Final @ 5:30pm on TSN2
Harvard vs. Omaha @ 7:30pm on TSN GO
Providence vs. Miami (Ohio) @ 8pm on TSN2 (joined in progress)
West Regional Final @ 9pm on TSN2

Sunday, March 29

East Regional Final @ 5pm on TSN4
Midwest Regional Final @ 7:30pm on TSN2

Thursday, April 9

NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #1 @ 5pm on TSN2
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #2 @ 8:30pm on TSN2

Saturday, April 11

NCAA Frozen Four Championship @ 7:30pm on TSN2

2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Coverage on TSN Begins Tonight

The annual tournament that Canadians either love or hate is back for another year and is on home soil. Split between Toronto and Montreal (and again in 2017), TSN will cover every game of the tournament from December 26 to January 5. Coverage includes the pre-competition games which begin tonight with Canada playing Russia in Toronto. Canada’s three warm-up games will be on TSN and the games featuring other nations streamed on TSN GO.

James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will be in Montreal for the Canada round-robin games and in Toronto for the playoff and medal games. Calling the Montreal-based games and playoffs will be Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro and Ryan Rishaug. Bryan Mudryk and Craig Button with host in Toronto during the prelim round with Dennis Beyak, Dave Reid and Tessa Bonhomme on the call.

A 60-minute preview show will screen Christmas Eve at 7pm ET on TSN.

TSN Radio across the country will broadcast every pre and regular tournament game, select quarters and semi games and the gold medal game. Pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Jim Tatti and Todd Hlushko. Play-by-play commentator Elliott Price and analyst Jack Miller deliver the call for all games.

TSN.ca and TSN GO will feature a multi-angle option for Canada’s and the medal games allowing streamers to choose from four unique camera angles as well as a stack of other content and options online during the tournament.

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

— Dan, @SportsonCanadianTV

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TSN Broadcasting 37 NCAA Hockey Games This Season Including Frozen Four

ncaa-hockeyIn previous seasons, the only college hockey TSN has broadcast was the NCAA Frozen Four — and that was usually on tape delay. This year though, beginning this past weekend, TSN will broadcast 37 games in total which includes the eastern division playoffs and all the action of the Frozen Four championship. Details from the release follow.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

With live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union Dutchmen.

In addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.

The full schedule is below and subject to change. All times Eastern.

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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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Memorial Cup Audiences Up 28% from 2011

While NHL playoff ratings have mostly been down on CBC and TSN, the other major hockey event in Canada, the Memorial Cup, saw increases over last year. An average of 306, 000 viewers tuned in to the 9 games on Sportsnet, while I’m sure many others watched the local Shawinigan team play in TVA Sports in Quebec. The final, which went to OT, attracted an average audience of 575, 000 viewers.

Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which wrapped up last night with a riveting Championship Final decided in overtime, was one of the most-watched Memorial Cup tournaments in network history, featuring an average of 575,000 (2+) viewers tuning in to Sunday’s final and an average audience of 306,000 (2+) tuning into the full nine-game tournament broadcast on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The 575,000* average audience for the Championship Final marks a 7 per cent increase over the 2011 final, and is the second highest Memorial Cup Championship Final average audience in Sportsnet history. Audience levels peaked at 966,000* viewers at 11:01 p.m. ET during overtime. The largest Memorial Cup Championship Final audience was recorded in 2005 (806,000 viewers, 2+) during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout and featured Sidney Crosby’s Rimouski Oceanic.

Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Round Robin (six games) attracted an average audience of 265,000* viewers, marking a 32 per cent increase over the 2011 Round Robin average audience of 201,000*. This was also the second-highest Memorial Cup Round Robin average audience in network history, with the 2005 Memorial Cup recording the most-watched Round Robin with an average of 531,000 viewers (2+).

Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Alert

There will be a tiebreaker game at the Memorial Cup tomorrow night. The loser of tonight’s QMJHL showdown between Saint John and Shawinigan will play Edmonton for a spot in the semifinal. Sportsnet will broadcast it.

Sportsnet will provide live coverage of the pivotal Tie-Breaker game from the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup tomorrow (Thursday, May 24) at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The two scenarios for Thursday’s Tie-Breaker, pending the outcome of tonight’s final Round Robin game featuring Shawinigan vs. Saint John (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT; Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific) are as follows:

· If Saint John defeats Shawinigan, the Edmonton Oil Kings will face Shawinigan

· If Shawinigan defeats Saint John, the Edmonton Oil Kings will face Saint John

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analysts Nick Kypreos and John Garrett are live on location at the Centre Bionest in Shawinigan, providing pre-game, intermission and post-game analysis for all of Sportsnet’s broadcasts. Play-by-play commentator RJ Broadhead and analyst Sam Cosentino are calling all of the games, alongside host Rob Faulds.

Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup culminates on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT with live coverage of the highly-anticipated Championship Final.

2012 Memorial Cup: Starts Friday on Sportsnet

The NHL isn’t the only league with playoff hockey this may. The Canadian Hockey League postseason wraps up in the next week with the Memorial Cup. Sportsnet will show complete coverage of every game. Here are more details.

With the Canadian Hockey League Championship up for grabs, Sportsnet heads to Shawinigan, Que. for comprehensive coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Sportsnet is there every step of the way to the Championship Final with multiplatform coverage across television, radio, digital, mobile and print, kicking off on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific as the host team Shawinigan Cataractes battle the Edmonton Oil Kings.

From the first puck drop to the hoisting of the Memorial Cup, HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analysts Nick Kypreos and John Garrett will be live on location at the Centre Bionest in Shawinigan to provide pre-game, intermission and post-game analysis. Play-by-play commentator RJ Broadhead and analyst Sam Cosentino will call all of the games, alongside host Rob Faulds.

Sportsnet primes fans for the highly-anticipated CHL tournament with the MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview Show on Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET on Sportsnet ONE. The one-hour special, hosted by Millard, Kypreos and Garrett, will feature predictions from the panel, introduction to the stars playing the MasterCard Memorial Cup and the top plays of the year from Friday Night Hockey. Broadhead and Cosentino will also appear with analysis and Faulds will look back at the history of the tournament

Continue after the break for the complete schedule and the rest of the PR.

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