SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada will be carrying tonight’s Calder Cup Playoff game on their all-hockey Home Ice XM 204 channel.
XM will carry Game 1 of the 2008 Western Conference Finals between the Toronto Marlies and the Chicago Wolves from Rosemont, Ill. Coverage on XM 204 begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET.
XM aired three second-round AHL playoff games last week, and has previously carried the 2006, 2007 and 2008 AHL All-Star Games and the 2006 and 2007 Calder Cup Finals as well as regular-season AHL action.
The entire Western Conference Finals series will also be televised live on Leafs TV in Ontario and on Comcast Cable in Chicago.
XM Canada is the exclusive Canadian licensee of XM Satellite Radio, the United States’ leading satellite radio service with more than 7.6 million subscribers. XM’s Home Ice all-hockey talk channel (channel 204) provides XM subscribers with groundbreaking hockey talk, and XM is home to live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 National Hockey League games each season as the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of NHL games.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 84 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and this season marks the seventh consecutive year in which more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America.