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Outdoor game on Sportsnet, NHL Network

January 17, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that the 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic presented by Molson Canadian and Boston Pizza, a regular-season outdoor game between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies to be played Saturday, January 21, at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, will be televised to audiences across Canada and the United States.

The Bulldogs, top development team of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, will take on the Marlies, AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the fourth outdoor game in the American Hockey League’s 76-year history, and the first to be held in Canada.

This historic AHL game will be televised live nationally across Canada on Sportsnet in all four broadcast regions, with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 21. The game will also be streamed on AHL Live (ahllive.com), and will be re-broadcast on NHL Network in the U.S. on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. ET. Sportsnet’s Kevin Quinn, Louie DeBrusk and Gene Principe will have the call.

Located only 40 miles (64 km) apart in southern Ontario, the Bulldogs and Marlies are fierce provincial rivals in the AHL’s North Division. Saturday’s meeting will be their fifth this season and their 75th all-time since the Marlies joined the AHL in 2005.

For more information on the 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic presented by Molson Canadian and Boston Pizza, including Friday’s alumni/celebrity game and Saturday’s AHL contest, visit www.outdoorclassic.ca.

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 10th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2010-11.

AHL Outdoor Game History
Feb. 20, 2010 – Syracuse vs. Binghamton, New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Feb. 19, 2011 – Connecticut vs. Providence, Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
Jan. 6, 2012 – Adirondack vs. Hershey, Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jan. 21, 2012 – Hamilton vs. Toronto, Ivor Wynne Stadium (Hamilton, Ont.)