Find out how often the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks will be on national television in Canada this coming season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Penton reports the Jets will be appearing on Hockey Night in Canada 26 times this season.
“CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada will broadcast 21 Jets games, plus their exhibition match against the Ottawa Senators in Newfoundland on Sept. 26. In addition, the former Atlanta Thrashers will appear on TSN’s national broadcast, NHL on TSN, five times.
CBC will carry Winnipeg’s season-opener on Sunday, Oct. 9, against the Montreal Canadiens.”
Most of the Hockey Night in Canada games will be regional broadcasts in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but some of them could go national, according to a CBC spokesman.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak recently reported the Flames will appear 12 times on CBC’s national telecast, but it’s expected Sportsnet will pick up the slack with its West and Flames channels.
VANCOUVER SUN: reports the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks will appear 15 times on CBC’s nation-wide broadcasts and ten times on TSN”s national broadcasts
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise the Jets are getting so much love from CBC, given the story of the NHL’s return to Winnipeg after a fifteen-year absence. How often they’ll appear nationally beyond this season, however, will depend on how well they play. The Canucks are Canada’s best team entering this season so of course they’ll see more national coverage than the other Western-based teams, while the Flames struggles the past two seasons are likely behind their slightly reduced national presence on CBC.