TSN Announces 2007/08 NHL National Broadcast Package

    - 70-game schedule includes increased coverage of Canadian clubs -
    - More than half of games to air in High Definition -
    - NHL Network to air 40 regular season and 12 pre-season games -

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Coming off one of its most successful NHL
campaigns last year, TSN today unveiled its 70-game NHL on TSN national
broadcast package for the 2007/08 regular season, highlighted by increased
coverage of the six Canadian clubs.
    TSN will televise 40 regular season games featuring Canadian teams, up
from 36 last season, while three-quarters of TSN's weekly Wednesday Night
Hockey games involve a Canadian club. The NHL on TSN schedule also includes
three all-Canadian match-ups, the North American opening night tilt between
two Canadian clubs, and a minimum of five games for each of the six Canadian
    With more than half the telecasts airing in High Definition, combined
with post-season coverage of the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup(R)
Playoffs, TSN's announcement today reinforces that Hockey Lives Here!
    NHL on TSN coverage gets underway on October 3 - first night of the
season in North America - with the battle of Ontario featuring Ottawa @
Toronto. TSN's additional two all-Canadian match-ups are Edmonton @ Vancouver
on November 14 and Montreal @ Toronto on November 27.
    TSN enjoyed one of its most successful NHL broadcast seasons ever last
year, which saw Playoff audiences increase 11 per cent throughout the first
three rounds, while the regular season was the network's second-most watched
NHL campaign in 11 years. In addition, two NHL on TSN broadcasts last year
cracked the network's Top 10 list of most watched NHL games, including the
season opener featuring Ottawa @ Toronto with 1.33 million viewers.

    Additional highlights of the 2007/08 NHL on TSN schedule include:
    -  8 doubleheaders
    -  6 Original Six match-ups
    -  4 'flexible schedule' games, allowing TSN to televise the best
       possible match-ups
    -  13 games featuring last season's Hart-Ross-Pearson trophies winner
       Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Montreal Canadiens headline the NHL on TSN Canadian broadcast
schedule with 13 games, followed by seven Toronto games, six match-ups each
for Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, and five games for Vancouver. TSN will also
televise additional Maple Leafs regional games this season, with the schedule
to be announced in the coming weeks.
    Augmenting TSN's coverage, NHL Network will air 40 live NHL games during
the 2007/08 regular season, including a 'Game-of-the-Week' match-up and the
popular 'Fan Favourite' game, giving viewers the opportunity to choose which
games they want to watch. In addition, NHL Network will televise 12 pre-season
games, while the network's signature show, NHL On The Fly, returns nightly
from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, giving hockey fans live look-ins to NHL games all
across the league.
    For the 2007/08 NHL on TSN national broadcast schedule, visit www.TSN.ca

    TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the
Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program,
SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans
from across the country.(*) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also features
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple
Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior
Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night
Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all
four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona
500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy
500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all
four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer; and HBO
World Championship boxing. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and
more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing
TSN's position as Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available
in 9 million households. TSN's programming and news content is also available
online at TSN.ca.

    (*) 2005/2006 Roper Canada - Winter

    All audience figures courtesy BBM Nielsen Canada and exclude pre- and

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN Director of
Communications, (w) (416) 332-7575, (c) (647) 224-8800; Josh Cogan, TSN
Communications Officer, (w) (416) 332-7599, (c) (416) 859-4738

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