NHL unveils 2012-13 national television schedule
Senators land 18 dates on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada; another 10 slated for TSN
|Erik Karlsson and the Senators are scheduled to open the 2012-13 regular season with back-to-back games on CBC (Getty Images).
NEW YORK — The National Hockey League announced today the television schedules for national partners NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TSN, TSN2, RDS and NHL Network-U.S. for the 2012-13 regular season.
In the U.S., NBC and NBC Sports Network enter the second season of the 10-year agreement with the NHL, the largest media rights deal in league history. It also is the eighth consecutive season both networks have served as a national television partner of the NHL in the U.S.
In Canada, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada begins its 60th regular season of NHL broadcasts. TSN, whose relationship with the NHL dates back to 1987, continues as the league's national English-language cable partner. French-language telecast partner RDS has been televising NHL games since its inception in 1989 and enters its 10th consecutive season presenting every Montreal Canadiens game.
NBC Sports Group
Throughout the season, NBC Sports Group once again will offer hockey fans in the U.S. more than 100 games across NBC and NBC Sports Network, which will air NHL games three consecutive nights each week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. NBC Sports Network also will televise the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend live from Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 25-27. Coverage includes the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the NHL All-Star Game.
For the second consecutive season, NHL on NBC broadcast coverage launches on Thanksgiving Friday, with the 2012 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Boston Bruins playing host to the New York Rangers at 1 p.m. ET. NBC will follow up that broadcast with the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Michigan Stadium on the campus of the University of Michigan, before airing the weekly "Game of the Week" beginning Jan. 20. On Feb. 17, Hockey Day in America will be expanded to a tripleheader, with two afternoon games on NBC followed by evening game on NBC Sports Network.
(View NBC schedule here).
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada returns for is 60th season, marking a new milestone for one of the longest running and most iconic programs in Canadian television history. The 60th anniversary season is highlighted by 101 regular-season games, including a special Thursday, Nov. 1, matchup between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, just as it did in 1952 when Hockey Night in Canada first took to the TV airwaves. The 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the 60th NHL All-Star Game also return exclusively to CBC this season.
Hockey Night in Canada on CBC will continue to honour Canada's pastime as Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrates its 13th annual broadcast from Lloydminster — Canada's only border town, which straddles Alberta and Saskatchewan — on Feb. 9, 2013. All Canadian teams will be featured on the day-long broadcast, including the Ottawa Senators playing host to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Place.
With CBC's Hockey Night in Canada continued commitment to connect Canadians to the NHL and the sport of hockey no matter where they are on game night, all 101 regular-season games will be streamed online as well as available for iPad and iPhone users.
In all, the Senators are slated to be featured 18 times on CBC this season, including their Oct. 11 season-opener in Montreal against the Canadiens, and the home-opener two nights later versus the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place.
(View CBC schedule here).
TSN platforms will broadcast 237 NHL regular-season games during the 2012-13 season, its most extensive broadcast package ever. TSN will broadcast 88 regular-season games nationally, including 74 games featuring Canadian teams. TSN2 will air 63 games. Highlighting TSN's 2012-13 NHL regular-season broadcast schedule is the Hockey Hall of Fame Game, airing for the first time on TSN. Featuring New Jersey at Toronto on Friday, Nov. 9, the game honours 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin. In addition, TSN has exclusive Canadian coverage of the NHL Draft, NHL Draft Lottery and the Hockey Hall of Fame induction celebration while retaining the English-language exclusivity of "Wednesday Night Hockey," during which there are no other national or local NHL telecasts.
RDS will once again have French-language coverage of all 82 regular-season Montreal Canadiens games, including all six matchups with the Senators. RDS and RDS INFO also will broadcast a package of games featuring other NHL teams, including the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and full coverage of the NHL All-Star Weekend.
(View RDS schedule here).
2012-13 Regular Season
The NHL's 2012-13 regular season is scheduled to commence on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a quartet of games. The following night — Friday, Oct. 12 — the Los Angeles Kings will raise the first Stanley Cup Championship banner in franchise history in front of a national audience on NBC Sports Network.
Opening night will feature nationally televised doubleheaders in both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., NBC Sports Network will air the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center, as well as the St. Louis Blues taking on the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. In Canada, CBC and RDS will televise the Canadiens playing host to the Senators at Bell Centre and the Flames battling the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Under the NHL scheduling matrix, each team plays six games against each team in its division (24 games), four games against the non-division teams within its conference (40 games) plus 18 non-conference games — including at least one game against each club in the other conference (15 games) and three other games against select teams.
The 2012-13 NHL regular season will conclude on Saturday, April 13, with 28 teams competing in what promises to be a thrilling 14-game fight to the finish.
The Senators will release their Rogers Sportsnet regional schedule at a later date.
— With files from Rob Brodie, ottawasenators.com