NHL Season Preview Shows take centre stage on TSN

TSN.ca Staff
9/30/2010 3:42:09 PM
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TSN gets fans ready for the return of the good ol' hockey game with comprehensive NHL season preview coverage, featuring two nights of preview shows.

TSN ensures hockey fans are set for the season beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 5 with TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE (7:30 p.m. ET), NHL ON TSN: TOP 50 NHL PLAYERS (8 p.m. ET), and the TSN FANTASY DRAFT SPECIAL (9 p.m. ET). 

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERG debuts its NHL SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL (7:30 p.m. ET), followed by the NHL ON TSN SEASON PREVIEW SHOW with host James Duthie (8 p.m. ET) on TSN.  All programs are available in High Definition and on-demand at TSN.ca.  Encore presentations of the programs are also available on TSN2.

In addition, the nightly staple THAT'S HOCKEY with Gino Reda returns for its 14th season on Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2, while TSN's flagship sports news program SPORTSCENTRE has daily NHL reports leading up to and during the regular season with highlights and insight and analysis of every game from TSN's hockey experts and correspondents across Canada.

Regular season coverage on TSN gets underway on opening day, Thursday, Oct. 7, with an NHL Premiere game from Europe, as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Minnesota Wild at 12 noon ET in Helsinki, Finland.  TSN has four NHL games from Europe to kick off the regular season.

TSN then hits the ice closer to home with its first WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY broadcast of the year featuring doubleheader action on October 13 with Toronto @ Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. ET immediately followed by Vancouver @ Anaheim at 10 p.m. ET.

TSN2 has live NHL action on Tuesday, Oct. 12 with Colorado @ Detroit at 7:30 p.m. ET.

TSN's Season Preview Broadcast Schedule:

Monday, Oct. 4

THAT'S HOCKEY - airs Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. ET on TSN

Hosted by Gino Reda, THAT'S HOCKEY returns for a 14th season, getting hockey fans prepped with Canadian team previews and interviews with NHL general managers and executives.  The 30-minute daily show premieres on October 4 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2 before moving to its regular 7 p.m. ET time slot on TSN the following evening.  During the NHL season, Reda interviews the NHL's biggest stars, head coaches and GMs from around the league, and is joined by TSN hockey analysts and Insiders to deliver in-depth insight and analysis on the league's hot button issues.

Tuesday, Oct. 5


Host Dave Hodge is joined by his regular roundtable of Canadian journalists – Damien Cox, Michael Farber and Steve Simmons – to look at some of the key topics and issues heading into the 2010-11 NHL campaign.  The panel also takes a closer look at the six Canadian teams as they prepare for the start of the regular season.

NHL ON TSN: TOP 50 NHL PLAYERS – 8 p.m. ET (10 p.m. ET on TSN2)

Who is the #1 player in the NHL today?  NHL ON TSN host James Duthie presents the first TSN ranking of the top 50 NHLers as determined by a vote of 25 TSN hockey experts.  The 60-minute original TSN production features Duthie joined in studio by Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and hockey analysts Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro as they count down the best current NHL players.  TOP 50 NHL PLAYERS also features interviews with NHL players.

TSN FANTASY DRAFT SPECIAL – 9 p.m. ET (11 p.m. ET on TSN2)

James Duthie hosts this annual battle for bragging rights as Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, analysts Pierre McGuire and Keith Jones, and veteran hockey commentator Dave Hodge each draft a fantasy hockey team of eight players.  The 60-minute program also includes analyst Darren Pang revealing his list of top breakout candidates for the upcoming fantasy hockey season.

Wednesday, Oct. 6


OTR's 30-minute NHL SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL includes host Michael Landsberg sitting down with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau for one-on-one interviews. 


Hosted by James Duthie, the two-hour program delivers everything a hockey fan needs to know about the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season.  The program has hardcore analysis of each Canadian team by the NHL ON TSN panel featuring Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and analysts Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro.  Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joins the panel in studio to reveal his lists of Top 10 NHL rookies and five NHL coaches on the Hot Seat, and former NHL head coach Craig MacTavish pre-scouts each Canadian club in the Video Room.  The SEASON PREVIEW SHOW also includes projected standings and playoff winners and losers.  Also featured is the return of Dave Hodge's popular Hodgemail segment and Canada's favourite game show, The Quiz.

As Canada's leading sports website, TSN.ca complements TSN's season preview coverage with its dedicated 2010-11 NHL Preview section, updated daily and featuring the website's 30 Teams in 30 Days look at each NHL club in reverse order of the website's pre-season power rankings.  In addition, TSN.ca has all the latest news, analysis, interviews, pre-season game highlights, re-vamped Ice Chips, and a look back at the top hockey plays of last season – and fans are encouraged to use the Your Call feature on the website to comment on each sensational play.

TSN.ca also continues to be the definitive destination for fantasy hockey fans with TSN FANTASY HOCKEY presented by Kia Motors, as fans can pick 'em and trade 'em with their friends using the free and fully-featured industry-leading online fantasy league manager powered by ESPN.  Fans can visit TSN.ca/Fantasy for all the tools to build their championship team, including insight and analysis from TSN's Fantasy Hockey guru, Scott Cullen.  Cullen appears weekly in the Fantasy Hockey Report and weekdays in the Fantasy Hockey Update available exclusively on TSN.ca.  Also online are Cullen's Fantasy Puck Previews featuring a breakdown of each NHL team from a fantasy hockey perspective, as well as Cullen's Draft Cheat Sheets with top 250 scorer projections and position-by-position player rankings.

TSN MOBILE delivers up-to-the minute news and scores to fans on-the-go directly to their wireless devices with Internet capabilities.  Fans can also sign up for TSN Text Alerts for breaking NHL news sent directly to their cell phones.


The Hurricanes and Wild are up forst on TSN (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)


(Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)
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