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Hockey’s greatest rivalry is back. On the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, hockey’s two leading super powers face off in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge exclusively on TSN platforms.

Canada and Russia’s top junior players compete in a four-game series – playing two games in Yaroslavl, Russia and two games in Halifax, Nova Scotia – beginning on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. ET. See complete broadcast schedule below.

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 rink-side in Yaroslavl and Halifax for all four games filing reports for SportsCentre and That’s Hockey. Continue reading »

CBC is feeling the heat after deciding to stream alternate commentary for the Stanley Cup final that will target women.

The broadcaster has partnered with Lena Sutherland and Jules Mancuso of which provides female-oriented commentary for hockey games.

However, the news has not gone down well with both male and female hockey fans who believe the move is a huge step back.

“Holy crap. Thanks for setting female sports fans back decades, CBC,” Andrew Bucholtz, who runs Yahoo! Canada’s CFL blog, wrote on Twitter (@AndrewBucholtz). Continue reading »

CBC is planning on airing alternate commentary for next week’s Stanley Cup finals that will be geared towards female fans.

Viewers can already access the commentary online thanks to Lena Sutherland and Jules Mancuso who run the website

Their site is described as a sports talkshow for women, in other words “Sex and the City meets ESPN”.

“One afternoon while (our husbands) were both watching the same game on TV Jules and I were on the phone and we started just making comments to each other like, ‘Did you see that guy’s hair?’ and ‘What’s going on with that coach wearing the suit four sizes too big for him?”‘ said Sutherland of their web show’s inspiration,” Sutherland said. Continue reading »

As 2011 comes to a close, full-year data from BBM Canada provides a snapshot of what Canadians were watching on television over the past 12 months, and Canada’s national pastime ranks at the top.

THE STANLEY CUP playoffs, along with last year’s World Juniors tournament, are among the most-watched television broadcasts of 2011 in Canada.

Additional live sporting events, like the SUPER BOWL and the GREY CUP, were also of major interest to Canadian viewers.

TV comedy continues to attract more and more viewers in Canada, with TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and THE ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN attracting some of the biggest audiences of the year.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Federal Election and the Royal Wedding were some of the most-watched days of the year among all English viewers.


Canada’s Top 10 Most-Watched Days in 2011

1. May 2, 2011 – 2011 Federal Election 25,117,000

2. November 27, 2011 – Grey Cup Sunday 24,901,000

3. April 26, 2011 – Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Chicago @ Vancouver (Game 7) / Boston @ Montreal (Game 6) 24,854,000

4. June 15, 2011 – Stanley Cup Finals – Game 7 24,824,000

5. June 13, 2011 – Stanley Cup Finals – Game 6 24,814,000

6. November 20, – 2011 CFL East & West Finals, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 24,800,000

7. April 29, 2011 – Royal Wedding 24,763,000

8. May 23, 2011 – Season Finales, OPRAH’s final episodes, Hockey 24,727,000

9. November 13, 2011 – CFL Semifinals, Sunday Night TV 24,722,000

10. December 4, 2011 – Sports, Sunday Night TV 24,706,000


Canada’s Top 10 Television Broadcasts of 2011

1. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 7: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/15/2011 8,641,000

2. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 6: Vancouver @ Boston CBC 6/13/2011 6,687,000

3. SUPER BOWL XLV – Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay CTV 2/6/2011 6,528,000

4. THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® CTV 2/27/2011 6,283,000

5. 2011 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – Gold Medal Final, Canada vs. Russia TSN 1/5/2011 6,083,000

6. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 5: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/10/2011 6,061,000

7. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 2: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/4/2011 5,626,000

8. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 1: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/1/2011 5,506,000

9. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 3: Vancouver @ Boston CBC 6/6/2011 5,433,000

10. TWO AND A HALF MEN – Season Premiere CTV 9/19/2011 5,324,000


Canada’s Top 10 Television Programs of 2011


2. AMERICAN IDOL CTV 2,844,000

3. GREY’S ANATOMY CTV 2,728,000

4. THE AMAZING RACE 18 & 19 CTV 2,637,000


6. $#*! MY DAD SAYS CTV 2,316,000

7. DANCING WITH THE STARS 12 & 13 CTV 2,147,000

8. C.S.I. CTV 1,975,000

9. THE MENTALIST CTV 1,972,000

10. HOUSE GLOBAL 1,959,000

Full CBC broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2011 Stanley Cup finals series between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins.


Wednesday June 1 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight  & Boston at Vancouver

Saturday June 4 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET 2300 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight  & Boston at Vancouver

Monday June 6 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Wednesday June 8 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Friday June 10 – 20:00 ET – Boston at Vancouver

Monday June 13 – 20:00 ET – Vancouver at Boston

Wednesday June 15 – 19:30 ET 2000 ET – Scotiabank Hockey Tonight & Boston at Vancouver

Local youth hockey players from the Calgary area faced off at ice rinks throughout the city from February 21st-25th, participating in the first ever BT Outdoor Classic. Now, see all the highlights of the exciting tournament when The Road to the BT Outdoor Classic premieres Saturday, March 19th from 6-7pm. 

“We were simply blown away by the extraordinary level of dedication and passion displayed by not only the players, but all volunteers and family members involved in the our first BT Outdoor Classic,” commented Citytv General Manager, Paula Davies. 

“It is our pleasure to be able to share the tournament highlights from this remarkable event with Citytv audiences in Calgary.” 

The Road to BT Outdoor Classic captures all the excitement of the four day, local competition. Highlights include memorable moments from the tournament, interviews with Breakfast Television personalities Tara, Andrew and Jill, Calgary Flames players and Olympic hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser; and the final showdown on the NHL Heritage Classic Ice at McMahon Stadium. Plus – catch appearances by Craig Conroy, Theo Fleury and Martin Gelinas and the amazing kids who competed in The BT Outdoor Classic. 

”The inaugural BT Outdoor Classic event exceeded all expectations! From start to finish, everyone including the players, parents, officials, venue crews and administrators were totally immersed in a very high-end, high quality and professional event! I have no doubt that this occasion will rank very high on the list of lifelong minor hockey memories for all of us, especially the players and parents”, said Hockey Calgary President Perry Cavanagh.. 

The puck drops Saturday, March 19th from 6-7pm with an encore presentation Sunday, March 20th from 7-8pm.

HBO Canada takes hockey-crazed Canadians inside one of the NHL’s great rivalries, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, for 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-episode, all-access reality series from HBO Sports’ groundbreaking, 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning 24/7 reality franchise.

“We’re especially excited to bring this installment of 24/7 to Canada’s rabid hockey fans through an ongoing partnership with HBO Canada that truly reflects the breadth of our innovative, engaging programming,” said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports. “With their intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the game, Canadians are sure to appreciate the deep look inside hockey – and enjoy the action as we spotlight one of the NHL’s great rivalries.”

Debuting Wednesday, December 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT, 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The teams will meet in a December 23 regular-season matchup on the Capitals’ home ice, leading into episode three, as the build-up intensifies for the January 1 showdown at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The series will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews of coaches, players and front-office personnel, as the Caps and Pens battle through their December schedules.

Episodes air on Wednesday nights – December 15, 22 and 29 and January 5 – at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT. The first three episodes will play prior to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic; the series finale airs four days after the big match and tracks all the drama and excitement surrounding the Capitals and Penguins on game day.

24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic marks HBO Sports’ first reality series in pro hockey. The executive producers are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; Aaron Cohen is the writer; Liev Schreiber narrates. Production assistance will be supplied by the National Hockey League.

24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic will be simulcast on HBO Canada HD, and will be available on demand. It will also be available on HBO Canada OnLine with Rogers, Bell TV, Videotron and Shaw following its network premiere.

(From a press release)