Toronto, ON (December 14, 2010) – The road to World Juniors supremacy runs through Buffalo and TSN is there every step of the way with live coverage of Canada's favourite hockey holiday tradition: the IIHF World Junior Championship. With multi-platform coverage on TSN, TSN2, TSN.ca and TSN Mobile apps for Blackberry and iPhone, Canadians from coast to coast will not miss any action as Team Canada looks to return to the top of the podium.
Comprehensive coverage of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship from Buffalo airs nationally on TSN and TSN2 from December 26 to January 5. Games are also available live online at TSN.ca and on TSN Mobile apps for Blackberry and iPhone. All games are available on-demand at TSN.ca.
Both networks also have live coverage of Team Canada's pre-competition games beginning on Monday, Dec. 20.
In total, TSN and TSN2 will produce 18 games with exclusive live coverage of every Team Canada round-robin game, the quarter-final and semifinal match-ups, and the Bronze and Gold Medal games. TSN's 18-game schedule also includes live coverage of three Team Canada pre-competition games and five round-robin games not involving Team Canada. Prior to every Team Canada tournament game, TSN will broadcast a 30-minute pre-game show.
New to TSN's IIHF World Junior Championship coverage this year are a brand-new animation package and a new sports graphics system that allows hockey analyst Pierre McGuire to break down key plays for fans during pre-game shows and on SPORTSCENTRE using enhanced images of the ice surface that cannot be captured by conventional cameras.
TSN also gets fans pumped for the tournament with the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Preview Show on Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, at 7pm et/4pm pt. James Duthie hosts the 60-minute show alongside Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie as they break down Team Canada by position and analyze its chances to win gold in Buffalo. The show includes reports from McGuire and Gord Miller, who also sits down with Team Canada head coach Dave Cameron. Finally, the Preview Show will answer the question: Who is the greatest Canadian ever at the World Juniors?
Last year's IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal game featuring Canada vs. USA delivered an average audience of 5.4 million viewers*, making it the most-watched TSN broadcast of all time. An astounding 12.3 million viewers – or more than one in three Canadians – tuned in to some of or the entire broadcast. Overall, the average audience for TSN's coverage of the six games featuring Team Canada at last year's tournament was 3.1 million viewers (includes four preliminary round games, one semifinal game and the Gold Medal final).
TSN has been televising the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1991.
TSN's Miller and McGuire are in the broadcast booth for the World Juniors, marking the ninth consecutive year the duo has provided play-by-play and analysis for the event. Joining Miller and McGuire is Ryan Rishaug, who reports from rinkside during Team Canada's games. Also featured in the booth are play-by-play announcer Dave Randorf and analyst Mike Johnson, who call the action for non-Team Canada round-robin games.
Duthie is live on location in Buffalo to host pre- and post-game shows, as well as intermissions, alongside Hockey Insider McKenzie.
In addition to reporting from rinkside, Rishaug, along with reporters John Lu and Katherine Dolan, file daily reports for SPORTSCENTRE from the tournament. TSN's flagship sports news program also features expert analysis, interviews and in-depth reports from Duthie, McKenzie and McGuire in Buffalo. SPORTSCENTRE also has complete coverage of the Team Canada selection camp and roster announcement tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 15).
Canada's leading sports website provides fans with extensive coverage of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. Along with games available live and on-demand, TSN.ca features up-to-the-minute tournament news and reports, extended video highlights and hits, player profiles and interviews, schedules, results, statistics, rosters and photo galleries. Fans also have access to an in-depth historical archive of results and records from past tournaments, as well as 'Before They Were Stars' video features that look at how some of today's top NHLers performed at the World Juniors.
Hockey Insider McKenzie gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament with online columns and blogs, and fans can keep up with McKenzie and Duthie on Twitter for breaking news. TSN.ca also features live blogs during Team Canada tournament games, plus a Facebook Connect chat as part of the website's live streaming of games.
Fans on the go can keep tabs on all the action in Buffalo by downloading TSN Mobile apps for Blackberry and iPhone to get live streaming of Canada's games, up-to-the-minute World Juniors news, and in-progress scoring updates and stats. Fans can also sign up for TSN text alerts for breaking news delivered directly to their wireless device.