Four American Hockey League games featuring the Hamilton Bulldogs will be broadcast this season on the CBC network.
The league and the network have announced a one-year broadcast agreement that will see Canada’s national public broadcaster produce and broadcast 10 games during the 2010-11 season.
The Bulldogs, celebrating their 15th anniversary, will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 24, against the expansion Oklahoma City Barons, AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. The Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens) will then battle the Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Sunday Nov. 21, Sunday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, March 6.
“We’re tremendously excited that CBC, with its distinguished excellence in hockey broadcasting, will be helping us celebrate our historic 75th anniversary this season,” said David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL. “Viewers across Canada will be treated to the skill and excitement of the best young professionals in our sport.”
“We’re looking forward to featuring the stars of hockey’s future with the AHL on CBC,” said Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales & Marketing.
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Saturday broadcasts will be followed by an AHL on CBC game on 10 Sunday afternoons, giving fans across Canada a chance to cheer on the NHL stars of tomorrow. All games will also be available live and on-demand on CBCSports.ca.
All 10 games will feature AHL teams affiliated with one of the six Canadian NHL teams. The puck drops on Sunday, Oct. 17, with a 1 p.m. matchup between the Marlies and the visiting Binghamton Senators, the affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. Other matchups will include the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames), Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks) and Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers).