'Tis the season for holiday traditions and TSN rolls out a doozy, as Canada's Sports Leader heads to Edmonton and Calgary to deliver live coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. With multi-platform coverage on TSN, TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN Mobile TV and TSN Radio, hockey fans from coast to coast can cheer on Team Canada every step of the way when it goes for gold at the World Juniors.
Comprehensive coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP airs nationally on TSN, TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with pre-competition games beginning on Monday, Dec. 19. Team Canada games are also available live online at TSN.ca, while the website has all World Juniors games on-demand.
Fans can also tune in to the tournament on Bell Media sports radio stations including TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.
In total, TSN will produce 26 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 26-game schedule also includes live coverage of three Team Canada pre-competition games and 13 round-robin games not involving Team Canada. Prior to every Team Canada tournament game, TSN broadcasts a 30-minute pre-game show (see 'Broadcast Schedule' below).
Throughout the tournament, fans can join the conversation on TSN's Fan Page on Facebook or follow TSN's World Juniors analysts and experts on Twitter. Fans can also tweet their comments or questions using the #TSN and #2012WJC hashtags, with select tweets being featured during the TSN broadcasts.
Team Canada's heartbreaking loss to Team Russia at last year's IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP delivered an average audience of 6.1 million viewers*, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on TSN. An astounding 12.2 million unique viewers tuned in to all or some of the entire broadcast. Currently, seven of the top 10 most-watched telecasts on TSN are World Juniors games.
TSN has been televising the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP since 1991.
TSN's coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP features James Duthie live on location in Edmonton and Calgary to host pre- and post-game shows – as well as intermissions – alongside Hockey Insider and leading junior hockey expert Bob McKenzie.
TSN game analyst Ray Ferraro makes his World Juniors debut this year calling all Team Canada games with play-by-play commentator Gord Miller. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Miller is in the broadcast booth for the event. Joining Miller and Ferraro is reporter Farhan Lalji, who is rinkside for Team Canada games.
Also featured in the booth are play-by-play commentator Dave Randorf and game analyst Craig Button, who call the action for other round-robin match-ups. New TSN recruit and former St. Louis Blues' head coach Davis Payne, a native of Port Alberni, BC, provides analysis for these games from the TSN studio.
Throughout the tournament, reporters Lalji, Jermain Franklin and John Lu file daily reports for SPORTSCENTRE. Canada's most-watched sports news program also features expert analysis, interviews, and in-depth reports from Duthie, McKenzie and Ferraro.
Canada's industry-leading sports website provides fans with extensive coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Along with games available live and on demand, TSN.ca has up-to-the-minute tournament news and reports, extended video highlights, player profiles and interviews, schedules, results, statistics, rosters and photo galleries.
TSN.ca also boasts a brand-new video player with PVR functionality so that fans can go back and catch any action they may have missed while watching Team Canada games live online. In addition, all of Canada's games feature a live blog and an integrated live chat, giving fans the opportunity to connect with each other throughout the tournament.
Hockey Insider McKenzie gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament with online columns and blogs. Fans can also keep up with TSN's World Juniors broadcast team on Twitter for breaking news.
Fans on the go can keep tabs on all the action in Edmonton and Calgary with the TSN Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, which delivers all the latest World Juniors news, plus in-progress scoring updates and stats.
TSN Radio in Montreal (AM 990) hits the ice along with Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa, as the stations have live coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Bell Media sports radio stations also regularly feature TSN's hockey experts and Insiders breaking down all the action leading up to and during the World Juniors.
TSN's 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP broadcast schedule is as follows:
• Monday, Dec. 19 – Canada vs. Finland at 9 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Thursday, Dec. 22 – Canada vs. Switzerland at 9 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Friday, Dec. 23 – Canada vs. Sweden at 9:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Monday, Dec. 26 – Canada vs. Finland at 3 p.m. ET on TSN
• Monday, Dec. 26 – Sweden vs. Latvia at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Monday, Dec. 26 – USA vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Monday, Dec. 26 – Switzerland vs. Russia at 10:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Czech Republic vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN
• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – USA vs. Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Sweden vs. Switzerland at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Canada vs. Czech Republic at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Russia vs. Slovakia at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Thursday, Dec. 29 – Denmark vs. Canada at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Thursday, Dec. 29 – Latvia vs. Russia at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Friday, Dec. 30 – USA vs. Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Friday, Dec. 30 – Sweden vs. Slovakia at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Friday, Dec. 30 – Finland vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2
• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Czech Republic vs. Finland at 4 p.m. ET on TSN
• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Canada vs. USA at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Russia vs. Sweden at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2
Playoffs and Medal Round
• Monday, Jan. 2 – Quarter-final #1 5 p.m. ET on TSN
• Monday, Jan. 2 – Quarter-final #2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Semifinal #1 at 5 p.m. ET on TSN
• Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Semifinal #2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Thursday, Jan. 5 – Bronze Medal Game at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN
• Thursday, Jan. 5 – Gold Medal Game at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN