The Hamilton Bulldogs, American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, announced that the Club has reached an agreement with Montreal's TSN Radio 690 to simulcast all Hamilton Bulldogs home and away games during the month of October.
TSN Radio 690's coverage will commence with the Hamilton Bulldogs' 2012-2013 season-opener on Saturday versus the Grand Rapids Griffins. Coverage begins with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. TSN Radio 690's full schedule of games, which is subject to change, is below.
Calling Hamilton Bulldogs games on TSN Radio 690 will be the broadcast team of Derek Wills and Al Craig.
Currently in his 12th season as Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network Play-By Play Announcer, Wills will call all home and away games. Wills, 36, has called a number of historically significant games such as the AHL's Conference Finals on five occasions (2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2011) and the Calder Cup Finals twice (2003, 2007). Entering the 2012-2013 season, Wills has called 995 consecutive regular season and post-season Hamilton Bulldogs games, the longest current streak for any broadcaster in the AHL.
Craig, currently in his 11th full season as Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network Colour Commentator, will join Wills in the broadcast booth for all home games and select away games. Craig, 63, served as the Hamilton Bulldogs' first play-by-play announcer from 1996-1999 and was the Sports Director at Hamilton's AM 900 CHML for 23 years. During his 43-year broadcasting career, Craig has covered a wide variety of sports and leagues, including the 1972 Summit Series, the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, the 1992 and 1993 World Series, the 1997, 2003 and 2007 Calder Cup Finals as well as the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and Canadian Football League.
HAMILTON BULLDOGS ON MONTREAL'S TSN RADIO 690 – OCTOBER 2012 SCHEDULE
Broadcast schedule subject to change. * 1-hour pre-game show.
Saturday, October 13, 2012, Hamilton Bulldogs at Grand Rapids Griffins - 6:30 p.m. (pre-game)
Friday, October 19, 2012, Toronto Marlies at Hamilton Bulldogs - 6:30 p.m. (pre-game)*
Saturday, October 20, 2012, Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies - 6:30 p.m. (pre-game)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Hamilton Bulldogs at Rochester Americans - 7:00 p.m. (pre-game)
Friday, October 26, 2012, Toronto Marlies at Hamilton Bulldogs - 7:00 p.m. (pre-game)
Sunday, October 28, 2012, Abbotsford Heat at Hamilton Bulldogs - 4:30 p.m. (pre-game)