Sportsnet has finally announced their plans for CHL hockey coverage this season. Coverage begins on November 11. From the press release –
TORONTO (October 26, 2011) – Building on the network’s leading cross-platform efforts and fan engagement, Sportsnet today announced the creation of Friday Night Hockey, a regular weeknight destination for Canadian Hockey League games, plus integration across the multiple Sportsnet platforms – television, radio, digital and print.
Sportsnet will televise a CHL game in high definition every Friday night during the 2011-2012 regular season, plus the CHL’s Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The season begins on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT) when the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors host the Barrie Colts on Sportsnet ONE and the Sportsnet Ontario and Pacific channels. Sportsnet has been the exclusive media partner of the CHL since 1998.
“We wanted a home position for CHL hockey on Sportsnet and created destination viewing with Friday Night Hockey,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcasting, Rogers Media. “We recognize the hunger and passion for junior hockey across the country and now fans will have a consistent night each week to catch all the action.”
“The Canadian Hockey League is extremely excited to bring weekly Friday night CHL games to fans across the country,” said David Branch, President, CHL. “Through our expanded partnership with Sportsnet, we look forward to Friday Night Hockey showcasing the CHL’s next wave of talent to the NHL.”
On television, the Friday Night Hockey broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino, and host Rob Faulds. Each broadcast will feature a pre-game studio show with analysis, scores, interviews and features. Additionally, CHL coverage will extend to Sportsnet Connected and HOCKEY CENTRAL with all the latest news and highlights.
On sportsnet.ca, columnist Patrick King will take a deeper look each week at the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Cosentino will also appear on the website with a weekly blog and discuss CHL news on Skype chats with fans.
In Sportsnet magazine, there will be regular coverage of key CHL issues, topics and players. This week’s upcoming issue takes a fascinating look at 25-year-old rookie GM Kyle Dubas of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – the youngest GM in the league.
On Radio, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN will provide regular updates on game results and stats.
While Sportsnet didn’t release a full schedule yet, The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the schedule through Christmas.