NHL NETWORK TO PROVIDE LIVE COVERAGE OF MEMORIAL CUP IN U.S.
All Games Will Be Broadcast In High Definition
NEW YORK (May 14, 2009) ─ NHL Network today announced it is the U.S. national rightsholder for the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year, signaling the network’s commitment to showcasing premiere junior hockey events. NHL Network broadcasts of the storied championship of the Canadian Hockey League begin Friday, May 15.
The tournament features the champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), plus the host team Rimouski Oceanic.
All games will be shown in high definition and feature a number of NHL Central Scouting ranked players including:
· Dmitry Kulikov of Drummondville – #11-ranked North American skater in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
· Mikael Backlund of Kelowna – Calgary’s 1st-round pick (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
· Tyler Myers of Kelowna – Buffalo’s 1st-round pick (11th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
· Jordan Caron of Rimouski – #21-ranked North American skater in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
· Greg Nemisz of Windsor – Calgary’s 1st-round pick (25th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
· Taylor Hall of Windsor – A top prospect in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
A special Preview Show will air on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. ET directly before the opening game of the Round Robin featuring the Kelowna Rockets, champions of the WHL, against the host Rimouski Oceanic at 7 p.m. ET.
In the other Round Robin opener, Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET, the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) will face off against the Windsor Spitfires (OHL).
The complete live broadcast schedule of the Memorial Cup on NHL Network U.S. is as follows:
Friday, May 15, 2009
Memorial Cup Preview Show @ 6:00 pm ET
Kelowna Rockets vs. Rimouski Oceanic @ 7:00 pm ET
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Drummondville Voltigeurs vs. Windsor Spitfires @ 4:30 pm ET
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Rimouski Oceanic vs. Windsor Spitfires @ 4:30 pm ET
Monday, May 18, 2009
Drummondville Voltigeurs vs. Kelowna Rockets @ 7:00 pm ET
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Windsor Spitfires vs. Kelowna Rockets @ 7:00 pm ET
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Rimouski Oceanic vs. Drummondville Voltigeurs @ 7:00 pm ET
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tiebreaker Game (if necessary) @ 7:00 pm ET
Friday, May 22, 2009
Semi-final Game @ 7:00 pm ET
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Championship Game @ 4:30 pm ET
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