AHL, Rogers Sportsnet announce national TV schedule

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and Rogers Sportsnet announced today a 12-game broadcast schedule for the 2006-07 season, which will showcase the AHL throughout Canada.
The package includes live national coverage of the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 28-29. The AHL’s annual showcase event will take place this year at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Part of a multi-year agreement reached between the AHL and Sportsnet, the 2006-07 broadcast schedule will feature the league’s three Canadian franchises: the Hamilton Bulldogs (top development team of the Montreal Canadiens and partial affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers), the Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks) and the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs). In addition to games among those North Division rivals, Sportsnet’s AHL coverage will include visits by the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (Calgary Flames).
“We are again proud to continue our relationship with Rogers Sportsnet and provide fans across Canada with the chance to follow the bright young stars of the American Hockey League,” said David Andrews, AHL President and CEO. Sportsnet’s 2006-07 AHL coverage begins this Friday, Oct. 20, when the Hamilton Bulldogs play host to the Toronto Marlies.
Rogers Sportsnet provides sports fans across Canada with distinct and entertaining sports programming in four regions: Sportsnet East (Quebec and the Atlantic provinces), Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories) and Sportsnet Pacific (British Columbia and Yukon). It also offers high-definition programming on Sportsnet HD.
Now in its 71st season of play, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 80 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the fifth year in a row, more than 6.3 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2005-06.

2006-07 AHL Broadcast Schedule — Rogers Sportsnet

Fri., Oct. 20Toronto at Hamilton7:30 ETEast, Ontario
Thurs., Nov. 9Omaha at Toronto (ACC)7:30 ETEast, Ontario, West
Fri., Dec. 1Toronto at Hamilton7:30 ETEast, Ontario
Wed., Dec. 6Hamilton at Toronto7:30 ETEast, Ontario
Sun., Dec. 10Binghamton at Toronto4:00 ETEast, Ontario
Thurs., Dec. 28Manitoba at Toronto7:30 ETEast, Ontario, Pacific
(plus Manitoba)
Sun., Jan. 28AHL All-Star Skills Competition7:00 ETNational
Mon., Jan. 29AHL All-Star Game7:00 ETNational
Wed., Feb. 21Manitoba at Toronto7:30 ETNational
Sun., Mar. 11Hamilton at Toronto4:00 ETEast, Ontario
Fri., Apr. 13Toronto at Manitoba8:30 ETNational
Sat., Apr. 14Toronto at Manitoba4:00 ETNational