Your NHL Canadian TV Schedule: October 14–20

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

  • 7pm: Ottawa at Columbus — SN1, TVA Sports

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

  • 7pm: Ottawa at Pittsburgh — TSN5*, RDS2*
  • 7:30pm: NY Rangers at Montreal — SN360, RDS*
  • 7:30pm: Buffalo at Florida — Sabres TV*
  • 9pm: St. Louis at Edmonton — SN Oilers*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

  • 7pm: Toronto at Columbus — TSN4*
  • 8pm: Calgary at Winnipeg — SN Flames*, TSN3*
  • 10pm: St. Louis at Vancouver — SN Canucks*

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

  • 7pm: Detroit at Montreal — CBC, TVA Sports
    Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Jason York; Reporter: Christine Simpson
  • 7pm: Nashville at Ottawa — SN1
    Play-by-play: R.J. Broadhead; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: David Amber
  • 7pm: Toronto at Pittsburgh — City
    Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Glenn Healy and Craig Simpson; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • 7pm: Buffalo at Tampa Bay — Sabres TV*
  • 8:30pm: Columbus at Chicago — WGN
  • 10pm: Edmonton at Calgary — CBC
    Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analyst: Mike Johnson; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

  • 1pm: New Jersey at NY Rangers — SN
  • 3pm: St. Louis at Winnipeg — TSN3*
  • 9pm: Edmonton at Vancouver — SN
    Play-by-play: Romanuk; Game Analyst: Johnson; Reporter: Dan Murphy

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19

  • 7pm: San Jose at NY Rangers — SN1, TVA Sports

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

  • 7pm: Florida at Pittsburgh — TVA Sports
  • 7:30pm: St. Louis at Montreal — City Montreal*, RDS*
  • 9pm: Washington at Calgary — SN360

2015 Stanley Cup Final on CBC, NBC, TVA Sports, OMNI

Better late than never, here are all the deets for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

CBC (read: Sportsnet) will have comprehensive coverage of all seven games, TVA Sports will have full coverage for French-language viewers, and five of the seven games will be available on NBC for those who have had enough of Sportsnet and Rogers.

Here is the schedule. All times are Eastern.

Wed., June 3 — at Tampa Bay, 8pm
Sat., June 6 — at Tampa Bay, 7pm
Mon., June 8 — at Chicago, 8pm
Wed., June 10 — at Chicago, 8pm
Sat., June 13 — at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm
Mon., June 15 — at Chicago, 8pm
Wed., June 17 — at Tampa Bay, 8pm

Sportsnet will be making use of their multi-million dollar studio in Toronto instead of broadcasting from each arena as CBC has done in previous years. George Stroumboulopoulos hosts and is joined by analysts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Johnson and Nick Kypreos. The game crew has Jim Hughson on play-by-play, game analysts are Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy, and reporters Scott Oake and Christine Simpson. OMNI (Punjabi) play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh with game analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal. Games will be available on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and online for Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

For those of you who either despise Sportsnet’s coverage of the NHL in general or just want to hear better commentating/see better production, NBC will show games one, two and five to seven. Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk and Pierre McGuire will be in the booth with Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones handling studio duties.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round Broadcast Schedule

Second round schedule is below. Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada will provide coverage of all second round games, with all games available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. The first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs is currently averaging 1.3 million viewers, marking a 36% increase over last year’s round one average, while Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE usage is up four-times over last year.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (all games available in Punjabi on OMNI)

  • Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal

Fri May 1 @ Montreal — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Montreal — 6pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 6 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu May 7 @ Tampa Bay — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 9 @ Montreal — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue May 12 @ Tampa Bay — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu May 14 @ Montreal — TBD CBC, TVA Sports

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

  • Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Garry Galley; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Thu Apr 30 @ New York — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat May 2 @ New York — 12:30pm Sportsnet, NBC, TVA Sports
Mon May 4 @ Washington — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 6 @ Washington — 7:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Fri May 8 @ New York — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun May 10 @ Washington — 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed May 13 @ New York — 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

  • Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analyst: Mike Johnson; Reporter: Christine Simpson

Thu Apr 30 @ Anaheim — 10pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Anaheim — 10pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Tue May 5 @ Calgary — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Fri May 8 @ Calgary — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 10 @ Anaheim — TBD Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

  • Play-by-play: Bob Cole; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: David Amber

Fri May 1 @ Chicago — 9:30pm Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Sun May 3 @ Chicago — 8:30pm CBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Tue May 5 @ Minnesota — 8pm CBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Thu May 7 @ Minnesota — 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Broadcast Schedule

Below is all the info you need for the first round broadcast on Sportsnet, presented in no particular order.

A majority of first round games and all games involving Canadian teams will be on either CBC or Sportsnet, with the occasional U.S. vs. U.S. game being shown on SN360 or SN1. Rogers will produce five of the eight series: the three Canadian series plus Rangers-Penguins and Lightning-Red Wings.

TVA Sports will have three channels to cover every single playoff game, though specific channel designations haven’t been released as yet.

Of what has been announced, Canadians can view five games on NBC – one game of each series featuring a U.S. team.

Full schedule and commentating crews below. As always, all times are Eastern and channels/times subject to change.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 26: Montreal at Ottawa, 6pm CBC, TVA Sports

Thu Apr 16: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 8pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7pm SN, TVA Sports

Thu Apr 16: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 3pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 6pm CBC, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 27: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 29: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports

Wed Apr 15: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Washington at NY Islanders, 12pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Washington at NY Islanders, 7:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: NY Islanders at Washington, 7pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Washington at NY Islanders, 3pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 27: NY Islanders at Washington, 7:30pm SN, TVA Sports

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue Apr 21: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Vancouver at Calgary, 9pm CBC, TVA Sports
All games available in Punjabi on OMNI

Thu Apr 16: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 20: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9pm SN, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports

Wed Apr 15: Chicago at Nashville, 8:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Nashville at Chicago, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Nashville at Chicago, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Nashville at Chicago, 8pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2

Thu Apr 16: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Minnesota at St. Louis, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8pm SN1, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: St. Louis at Minnesota, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:45pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 26: St. Louis at Minnesota, 3pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports

Studio Crew

  • George Stroumboulopoulos will anchor the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Hockey Central studio, along with Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
  • Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will host Coach’s Corner
  • Sportsnet will also provide extensive pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs across all platforms and will include hosts Daren Millard ,Jeff Marek, Brad Fay and Leah Hextall, and analysts P.J. Stock, John Shannon, Damien Cox , Doug MacLean, Billy Jaffe and Scott Morrison

Game Crews

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analysts: Mike Johnson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: David Amber
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal
  • Calgary Radio: all games available on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Play-by-play: Derek Wills ; Analyst: Peter Loubardias
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Garry Galley; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Bob Cole; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: Christine Simpson

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Rick Ball; Game Analyst: John Garrett; Reporter: Dan Murphy

For the first time ever, all Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games will be available on NHL GameCentre Live.

GameCentre Live Includes New GamePlus Feature Only For Rogers Customers

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The new angles on offer with GamePlus.

If you’re a Rogers subscriber and plan on using GameCentre Live this season, you will have access to an exclusive experience dubbed GamePlus. It will offer new and innovative (to hockey broadcasts, that is) cameras to choose from as well as multiple replay angles, advanced stats, exclusive interviews and expert analysis not available elsewhere.

Here are the new cameras available for viewing:

  • Sky Cam sits at the 200 level in the Air Canada Centre and follows the puck red line to red line at six metres per second;
  • Ref Cam is on the referee’s helmet and puts fans on the ice to get in on face offs, breakaways and goals (the referee’s will not be mic’d up though, so don’t expect to hear player conversations);
  • POV Cam spotlights the hustle from inside the blue lines and for the first time inside the players’ benches;
  • Star Cam tracks a single player throughout the game no matter where the puck goes;
  • Goal Line Cam provides a top-down view of the ice, directly above the offensive action;
  • MyReplay lets fans select multiple replay angles to analyze key plays during the game, including goals, power plays, penalty kills, and the ref’s tough calls.

The above features are only available for select games each week plus the Winter Classic, All-Star game and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rogers says they have invested $10 million to create this Rogers-only feature (no doubt hoping people will switch to Rogers and help pay off that investment). No word yet whether it will be offered in the future as a paid option to non-Rogers customers.

Seems as though a majority of the eight new angles will only be available for Toronto Maple Leafs games at the Air Canada Centre, though Rogers would like additional cameras such as the SkyCam to other Canadian arenas in the future. It will be interesting to see whether the new angles, especially SkyCam and RefCam will be used during live play on television or restricted solely to replays.

If you’re a Rogers customer with any internet or wireless data plan, you are eligible to access GamePlus with your free subscription until December 31, 2014. If you’re a Rogers customer who does not have any Rogers internet or wireless data plan, but have Rogers Home Phone or Rogers Digital TV (any package), and have subscribed to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, you are eligible to access GamePlus.


Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

Sportsnet Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Studio for NHL Broadcasts

SPORTSNET - Sportsnet Unveils State-of-the-Art, Multi-Million DoCosting $4.5 million, spanning 11,000 square-feet, and featuring seven different sets, Sportsnet has splashed out in the design and construction of the studio for their inaugural year of national NHL broadcasting. The feature of the studio is a massive 38-by-11-foot screen nicknamed ‘Goliath’, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever seen in a Canadian TV studio and is made up of 170 individual panels.

Leased from CBC in their downtown studio and paid for by Rogers, the studio is no doubt the biggest viewers have ever seen on a Canadian broadcast, though if you’ve seen an American NFL broadcast in the past few years, a studio this big and fancy probably won’t be a surprise to you.

Here are the highlights from today’s media showing:

  • The Hockey Night In Canada theme has been re-recorded with a 50-piece orchestra and will be similar to the previous CBC HNIC theme. Also listen for a new Hockey Central theme.
  • Musical montages, like those famously seen during CBC’s reign, will not feature as heavily in HNIC this season to the disappointment of basically everybody.
  • The main anchor desk has a 360-degree open area allowing for filming from any angle and the studio is capable of shooting three live broadcasts simultaneously, including two sets stacked on top of each other.
  • The set was designed by the same company that created the 2010 and 2012 Olympic sets and was created and designed in eight months.

And here is the new Hockey Central studio by the numbers:

  • 40,000 feet of electrical cable
  • 500 studio lights
  • 52 total screens
  • 14 cameras
  • 24 wireless microphones
  • 9 distinct sets including the main anchor desk, three regional sets, George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview set, and a LED video wall and floor area.

Finally, some pretty pictures:


Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

Bob Cole Will Return to HNIC Next Season

As was first reported by Damien Cox last Friday, Bob Cole has not called his last game for Hockey Night in Canada. HNIC host Ron MacLean confirmed the news just before game 7 of Kings vs. Blackhawks last night. Many fans thought Rogers might not retain Cole, who was the primary voice of HNIC through 2008 before taking a secondary role. Cole turns 81 later this month. Terms of the deal were not revealed, and Rogers has not made it official. In fact Rogers has yet to confirm any play-by-play announcers or colour commentators for their NHL coverage, which begins in the fall. They likely will not release these details until after the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday night in Los Angeles. However, I do expect Rogers might release this before July 1. However, some more details of Rogers’ NHL coverage, including the start time and details of Hometown Hockey, will likely be revealed at City’s upfront presentation in Toronto tomorrow afternoon, June 3.

EDIT: Steve Lepore is reporting that Dave Randorf is leaving TSN to join Sportsnet as a NHL play-by-play announcer. I’m not surprised Randorf is leaving TSN considering James Duthie will assume his role of CFL on TSN host, which was part of the new contract he signed with TSN last December. Randorf’s other main gig at TSN is calling regional NHL and IIHF games. Next season TSN’s main hockey commentators, Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert, will be available to call those games. Stay tuned for updates.