Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pats Outdoors Game To Be Televised

The Western Hockey League in partnership with Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast the first ever Canadian Hockey League Outdoor Game in Canada when the Calgary Hitmen host the Regina Pats at McMahon Stadium on Monday, February 21 at 3 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (MT) on the Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific channels. The game will also be in high definition.

The game coincides with Family Day Monday, a statutory holiday in many Canadian provinces, and will be played the day after the National Hockey League’s Heritage Classic set for February 20th between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens.

Hockeycentral analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean join host Daren Millard at McMahon Stadium for the broadcast. Roger Millions will be on skates conducting on-ice interviews with players and coaches.

Canada's voice of junior hockey Peter Loubardias will have the play-by-play call while Sam Cosentino handles the analysis.

Sportsnet will also feature a wireless handheld camera, stationed between the benches, which will be used on the ice during stoppages in play.

"As the popularity of outdoor games continue to skyrocket, Rogers Sportsnet is proud to partner with the WHL to present this game to Canadians," said Rob Corte, Executive Producer, Events, Rogers Sportsnet. "We’re excited about the opportunity to give fans a different perspective with the wireless camera. It will give the viewer a unique experience from inside the glass, capturing the emotion on the ice up close."

“We are delighted that Rogers Sportsnet will be broadcasting nationally the first ever outdoor game to be played in Canada in CHL history,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Thanks to the cooperation from the National Hockey League and the Calgary Flames, the WHL is in a position to stage this historic game as part of the NHL Heritage Classic weekend festivities in Calgary.”

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