TSN introduces fans to the next wave of young Canadian football stars with live coverage of the first two rounds of the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft on Wednesday, April 30 at 12 noon ET.
Produced by TSN from the CFL on TSN Studio, the Draft is available live online at TSN.ca and CFL.ca. The final four rounds of the Draft can be followed on CFL.ca through real-time updates.
This marks the first time TSN will produce and air the CFL Canadian Draft and the first time ever the Draft is being presented as a full-studio broadcast with in-depth coverage and analysis.
Host Rod Black welcomes CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon, who will be in-studio to announce each selection. They will be joined by the popular CFL on TSN panel, as they analyze the eight teams' needs and provide opinions on each pick.
New CFL on TSN game analyst Duane Forde, who has covered the Draft on three previous occasions, will be part of a panel of experts including University of Western Ontario head coach and former Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Greg Marshall, Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Brian Towriss, and TSN's Farhan Lalji, who in 20 years of coaching football at various youth levels has seen more than 35 of his players go on to play at the collegiate level.
The panel will assess each draft pick's strengths and weaknesses and analyze how they fit in with their new team. In addition, TSN's Draft coverage will feature reaction from CFL General Managers and interviews with newly-drafted players.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the first overall pick in this year's CFL Canadian Draft. The six-round Draft features 752 eligible Canadian players from the CIS and NCAA. Top prospects include: University of Saskatchewan defensive back Dylan Barker of Moose Jaw, SK, Weber State University offensive lineman Dmitri Tsoumpas of Edmonton, University of Idaho fullback Rolly Lumbala of Calgary, University of Sherbrooke hometown receiver Samuel Giguere, and University of Central Florida defensive lineman Keith Shologan of Edmonton.
Due to various trades, currently the B.C. Lions, Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts each have seven picks in this year's Draft. Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg each have the standard six picks, while Hamilton has five selections and Saskatchewan has four.
For the first time ever, all CFL games – including the post-season – can be seen on TSN. A vast majority of the games will also be available in High Definition on TSN HD. New to the CFL on TSN broadcast team this year are two-time Grey Cup champion Duane Forde, who joins the crew as a game analyst, and reporter Sara Orlesky, who will work the sidelines during Wendy's Friday Night Football.
Back for another season is the award-winning team of play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Glen Suitor. Rod Black will provide play-by-play alongside Forde. Brian Williams returns as on-site host, while Dave Randorf hosts the TSN Studio show alongside analysts Chris Schultz, Hall-of-Famer Matt Dunigan and Jock Climie.
The CFL on TSN season gets underway on June 26 with an opening night doubleheader featuring Montreal @ Hamilton at 7 p.m. ET, immediately followed by B.C. @ Calgary.