The Flames are off again today. Now, while we’ve seen the hometown hockey heroes on the television all season, unless you live in a particular area of the continent it’s unlikely that you’ve seen the Flames prospects play very much.
Thanks to TV, that’s about to change. Sportsnet (and Shaw) have a glut of junior games that are coming up on the docket, while the NCAA will soon be broadcast on TSN 2 (as the other sports network tries to remain relevant to hockey fans…and justify starting up another 57 channel feeds).
Here’s a quick glance at what teams you can see on TV for your PVR pleasure. [We briefly mentioned NCAA games before, but now the Sportsnet games have been announced, so we have a better picture of what’s what now.]
You can get your Canadian Hockey League fix – predominantly via Sportsnet and predominantly focusing on the Western Hockey League.
Upside: the Subway Super Series begins on Monday, allowing a RARE and great chance to see Rushan Rafikov play! Downside: the first game, in Saskatoon, isn’t available in the West region, despite the fact that it’s being played in that region. (It seems like an oversight.)
No games from Charlottetown (in the Q) or Oshawa (in the OHL) on Sportsnet based on what’s been announced.
- November 10: Team WHL (Morgan Klimchuk) vs. Team Russia (Rushan Rafikov) (5pm MT; all SN regions except West)
- November 11: Team WHL vs. Team Russia (5pm MT; SN One)
- November 13: Team Russia vs. Team OHL (5pm MT; SN One)
- November 17: Team Russia vs. Team OHL (5pm MT; SN West)
- November 18: Team Russia vs. Team QMJHL (5pm MT; SN One)
- November 20: Team Russia vs. Team QMJHL (5pm MT; SN 360)
- December 12: Swift Current vs. Brandon (Eric Roy) (6:30pm MT; Shaw)
- January 7: Medicine Hat vs. Victoria (Keegan Kanzig, Austin Carroll) (8pm MT; Shaw)
- January 10: Brandon vs. Red Deer (7pm MT; Shaw)
- January 11: Brandon vs. Calgary (1pm MT; SN West)
- January 23: Kamloops vs. Victoria (8:30pm MT; SN West)
- February 20: Kelowna vs. Victoria (8:30pm MT; all SN regions except West)
Not to be out-done by Sportsnet having a stranglehold on almost literally every other source of hockey, TSN snapped up NCAA rights for TSN2. I hope you like Boston University, because you could see them three times in 11 days in February.
Upside: we may get a handle on whether Brandon Hickey is any good or not. There’s also a few games on the Big 10 Network, which is available on Shaw last time I checked, all of which involve Matt Deblouw’s Michigan State team.
No Providence College or Colgate games, at least until the playoffs.
- January 3: Union vs. Boston University (Brandon Hickey) (5pm MT; TSN2)
- January 17: Michigan State (Matt Deblouw) vs. Penn State (3pm MT; TSN2)
- January 24: Michigan State vs. Ohio State (5pm MT; Big10)
- February 2: Boston University vs. Harvard (6pm MT; TSN2)
- February 7: Michigan State vs. Michigan (6pm MT; Big10)
- February 9: Beanpot Finals, which could include Boston University (5:30pm MT; TSN2)
- February 13: Boston University vs. New Hampshire (5pm MT; TSN2)
- February 14: Michigan State vs. Penn State (4pm MT; Big10)
- February 20: Michigan State vs. Wisconsin (7pm MT; Big10)
- February 26: Michigan State vs. Minnesota (7pm MT; Big10)
- February 27: Michigan State vs. Minnesota (7pm MT; Big10)
- And also Hockey East playoffs and the Frozen Four starting in March on TSN2.