AHL action coming to TSN

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and TSN today announced a schedule of nine games to be aired live on Canada’s Sports Leader over the rest of the 2016-17 AHL regular season.

All games feature the Toronto Marlies and will be produced by Leafs TV from Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. The Marlies are the top development affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in recent years have produced NHL players such as current Leafs Nazem Kadri, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Tyler Bozak, Connor Brown and Leo Komarov.

TSN’s coverage of the AHL begins this Saturday evening when the Marlies host the Albany Devils at 5 p.m. ET on TSN2.

“We are excited to partner with TSN to bring American Hockey League action into fans’ homes across Canada and to show the skill and energy of hockey’s brightest young stars to a national audience,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are thrilled that the American Hockey League will be showcased on TSN,” said Kyle Dubas, General Manager of the Toronto Marlies. “The games being broadcast on TSN will give Canadian sports fans a chance to see excellent hockey featuring some of the best prospects in the game.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with MLSE and the AHL to showcase the next generation of emerging hockey stars to viewers across the country,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming, TSN. “We’re excited to deliver this slate of Toronto Marlies games as they take on the best of the American Hockey League.”

Saturday, Feb. 11 Albany Devils [NJ] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Sunday, Feb. 12 Albany Devils [NJ] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 3 p.m. ET on TSN2
Wednesday, Feb. 22 Syracuse Crunch [TB] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
Thursday, Mar. 2 Bridgeport Sound Tigers [NYI] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Mar. 4 St. John’s IceCaps [MTL] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, Mar. 21 Rochester Americans [BUF] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 7 p.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Mar. 25 Springfield Thunderbirds [FLA] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 5 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, Apr. 4 St. John’s IceCaps [MTL] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 11 a.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, Apr. 8 Hershey Bears [WSH] at Toronto Marlies [TOR] 5 p.m. ET on TSN2

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, trainers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are AHL graduates – including stars such as Braden Holtby, P.K. Subban, Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Carey Price – and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame developed in the AHL – among them Johnny Bower, Terry Sawchuk, Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy and Brett Hull. In 2015-16, over 7.1 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America, the highest total attendance in league history.