Hockey's greatest rivalry is back.
On the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, hockey's two leading superpowers face off in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge exclusively on TSN, TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV. You can also talk hockey and get game updates with TSN.ca's Live Game blog during each game.
Canada and Russia's top junior players compete in a four-game series - playing two games in Yaroslavl, Russia and two games in Halifax beginning on Thursday at 11am et/9am pt.
TSN's Dennis Beyak calls the play-by-play action for 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, alongside hockey analyst Mike Johnson. John Bartlett hosts TSN's studio coverage with TSN scout Craig Button throughout the series. Mark Masters is rinkside in Yaroslavl and Halifax for all four games filing reports for SportsCentre and That's Hockey.
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge replaces this season's Canada's National Junior Team Summer Development Camp and serves as part of player evaluations for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Team Canada's roster features 13 NHL first-round draft picks including Florida Panther Jonathan Huberdeau, the Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray, the Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly.
The Canadians will face Russia's three first-rounders, including the first overall draft pick in the 2012 NHL Draft Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers.
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge also pays tribute to the city of Yaroslavl and the Kontinental Hockey League's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, as the one year anniversary of the tragic Sept. 7 plane crash approaches.
TSN Radio 1050 will broadcast the entire series. TSN Radio 1290 will have Games 1 and 2 and TSN Radio 990, TEAM 1410 and TEAM 1200 will have Games 3 and 4.
TSN broadcast schedule for the Canada-Russia Challenge is as follows:
- Thursday: Game 1 at 11am et/8am pt on TSN2, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio 1050, TSN Radio 1290
- Friday: Game 2 at 10am et/7am pt on TSN2, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio 1050, TSN Radio 1290
- Monday: Game 3 at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt on TSN, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio 1050, TSN Radio 990, TEAM 1410, TEAM 1200
- Tuesday: Game 4 at at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt on TSN, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio 1050, TSN Radio 990, TEAM 1410, TEAM 1200