Saturday, February 20, 2010

NHL Network to broadcast CHL games in U.S. beginning in March

I have just found out that the NHL Network will be televising several Canadian Hockey League (major junior) games across all three leagues (Western, Ontario and Quebec).

On March 7, the network will brodcast the WHL matchup between the Saskatoon Blades and Calgary Hitmen, with other games to follow in what is thought to be a weekly format, according to my source.

This is good news for people who live south of the border and don't have access to the games that feature the largest percentage of hockey talent selected by NHL teams in the draft each year.

Saskatoon and Calgary don't have any marquee prospects for the 2010 draft. Hitmen defender Matt McKenzie played in the Top Prospects Game and is projected as a second-rounder. Blades forward Curtis Hamilton was just lost for the season after breaking his collarbone. The big left winger came into the year looking like a late 1st-rounder, but has been injured for much of the year and this latest setback has to be a source of major frustration for him in his draft season.

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