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3 more AHL games added to XM schedule

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today three more games to air on XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada this weekend. Earlier this week, the AHL announced that up to 15 games are scheduled to be heard on XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada. Games will air on XM’s all-hockey Home Ice channel 204.

XM will air a pair of AHL doubleheaders this weekend, beginning with Saturday’s West Division clash between the Houston Aeros and the Iowa Stars from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines (2:05 ET). That game will be followed by the match-up between Manchester and Hershey that was announced earlier in the week. On Sunday at 1:05 ET, the Norfolk Admirals meet the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, followed at 4:05 ET by the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting the Providence Bruins.

The weekend gets underway with Friday night’s broadcast of the 2005 Calder Cup Final rematch between the defending champion Philadelphia Phantoms and the Chicago Wolves at the Wachovia Center.

Upcoming AHL games on XM (all times Eastern)
Thursday, Feb. 16Grand Rapids at Cleveland, 7:05
Friday, Feb. 17Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:05
Saturday, Feb. 18Houston at Iowa, 2:05
Saturday, Feb. 18Manchester at Hershey, 7:00
Sunday, Feb. 19Norfolk at Bridgeport, 1:05
Sunday, Feb. 19Wilkes-Barre at Providence, 4:05

Future broadcasts will be announced at a later date.

Canadian Satellite Radio Inc. offers its satellite radio service and operates under the XM Canada brand. XM Canada has an exclusive Canadian license from XM Satellite Radio, the United States’ leading satellite radio service with more than six million subscribers. XM’s Home Ice all-hockey talk channel (channel 204) provides XM subscribers with groundbreaking hockey talk as well as live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 National Hockey League games per season. XM will become the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of NHL games starting after next season. Hockey fans from across North America can also tune into Home Ice for expert commentary by NHL legends Phil Esposito, Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy and from well-known analysts and broadcasters such as Bill Clement and Darren Pang.

In operation since 1936, the AHL is celebrating its historic 70th anniversary this season, and continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of all NHL players today are AHL graduates, and last year more than 7.1 million fans – an all-time league record – attended AHL games across North America.