SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Hamilton Bulldogs (top development team of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens) and the Texas Stars (top development team of the NHL’s Dallas Stars) can be heard live from Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont., on the all-hockey NHL Home Ice channel on XM Satellite Radio.
The Bulldogs and Stars will play at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night with a trip to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals on the line. Texas forced the deciding game with a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday night, the Stars’ third OT win of the series.
Hamilton has been led offensively this postseason by David Desharnais (9-13-22), one of 17 Bulldogs to also skate with the parent Montreal Canadiens in 2009-10. Hamilton could also get a boost for Game 7 from the return of 2010 First Team AHL All-Star and AHL All-Rookie defenseman P.K. Subban, who along with forward Ben Maxwell returned to the Bulldogs after Montreal was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.
In its first season of play in the AHL, Texas is one win away from the Calder Cup Finals thanks largely to the addition of rookie Jamie Benn, who leads the league with 13 goals and is tied for first with 23 points in 17 playoff games after spending the regular season with Dallas.
American Hockey League action has been airing on NHL Home Ice since 2006, including the annual AHL All-Star Game, the Calder Cup Finals and other regular-season and playoff games.
NHL Home Ice can be found on XM 204 in Canada and the United States and on Sirius 208 on “The Best of XM” package in the U.S. NHL Home Ice provides subscribers with groundbreaking 24/7 hockey talk and is home to live play-by-play coverage of every National Hockey League game during the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America during each of the past nine seasons.