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XM to carry up to 15 AHL games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that up to 15 AHL games are scheduled to air live on XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada later this month. Games will air on XM’s all-hockey Home Ice channel 204.

XM, which recently carried the 2006 AHL All-Star Game from Winnipeg, will begin its coverage of regular-season AHL action tonight (Feb. 14) with a battle between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Manitoba Moose, the top two teams in the North Division.

On Wednesday, XM picks up the AHL’s Battle of Ontario as the Toronto Marlies visit the Hamilton Bulldogs. Thursday, the Cleveland Barons entertain Grand Rapids on XM 204, and Friday, it’s a rematch of the 2005 Calder Cup Final when Philadelphia hosts Chicago at the Wachovia Center. On Saturday, the Manchester Monarchs visit a fellow Eastern Conference power, the Hershey Bears.

The AHL on XM (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, Feb. 14Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Wednesday, Feb. 15Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30
Thursday, Feb. 16Grand Rapids at Cleveland, 7:05
Friday, Feb. 17Chicago at Philadelphia, 7:05
Saturday, Feb. 18Manchester at Hershey, 7:00

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.