by Paul on 12/02/08 at 01:17 PM ET
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2008) – USA Hockey announced today a three-year partnership with the NHL Network that includes unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and coverage of the upcoming Qwest Tour, featuring the 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National Team.
In each of the next three IIHF World Junior Championships, the NHL Network will provide live television coverage of all U.S. games and all games of the medal round - including all quarterfinal and semifinal games, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game.
Under the agreement, the NHL Network also will televise four live games of the Qwest Tour. The broadcasts include Team USA’s contests against Canada, Oct. 16, 2009 in Spokane, Wash., Oct. 29, 2009 in Denver, Colo., and Dec. 30, 2009 in St. Paul, Minn. In addition, the NHL Network also will televise the final game of the Tour, against Finland on Feb. 4, 2010 in Colorado Springs, Colo. just prior to the February 12 start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
“We’re extremely pleased to showcase two of our most prominent teams – the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team – on the NHL Network,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the NHL Network.”
“Our association with USA Hockey is another building block in making the NHL Network the Home of Hockey,” said John Shannon, Executive In Charge of Programming and Production for the NHL Network. “It’s great to be part of covering a truly marquee event like the World Jr. Hockey Championship, as well as giving more exposure to the women’s program as they prepare for the Vancouver Olympics.”
All games will be televised in high definition. In addition to the games mentioned above, the NHL Network also will televise all games played by Team Canada in the preliminary round of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship. As part of the agreement, the NHL Network will produce at least two USA Hockey-themed programs per year.
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