Toronto, ON () – Team Canada takes on the world in Zurich-Kloten and Bern, Switzerland, as NHL superstars go for gold at the 2009 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, airing April 24 to May 10 on TSN and TSN2. All games will be available on demand at TSN.ca.
TSN and TSN2 present exclusive live coverage of 15 games – three preliminary-round tilts featuring Team Canada, four qualification-round games, four quarter-final match-ups, the semifinals, and the bronze and gold medal games (see broadcast schedule below).
TSN’s Dave Randorf and Dave Reid call the action from the broadcast booth in Switzerland, with Gino Reda hosting from the TSN studio during the preliminary round and Rod Black at the helm for the remainder of the tournament. Reda/Black are joined by Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and guest analyst and former New York Rangers head coach, Tom Renney, whose experience at the international level includes coaching Team Canada four times at the IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Prior to joining the Rangers, Renney also served as Hockey Canada’s Vice-President, Hockey, and head coach of both the Canadian National Team and Team Canada at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
SPORTSCENTRE’S Brent Wallace is also on site in Switzerland, filing daily reports.
The IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP features the best men’s hockey teams from 16 countries. The annual event involves a talented crop of NHL stars not participating in the NHL playoffs representing their home countries in international competition.
Team Canada’s roster includes 13 players with WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP experience, including Shane Doan, Dany Heatley, Martin St. Louis and Jason Spezza. The squad also features notable NHL rookies Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty and Luke Schenn. Doug Armstrong serves as the team’s general manager, with Lindy Ruff as head coach and Barry Trotz and Dave Tippett as assistant coaches.
TSN’s live coverage of the Canada vs. Russia gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP attracted a national average audience of 947,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP game ever on TSN. Overall, TSN’s coverage of Team Canada’s nine games throughout last year’s tournament in Quebec City and Halifax averaged 357,000 viewers, establishing it as the second most-successful WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP tournament ever in network history.
The 2009 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is the last international hockey competition before the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Canada has won the gold medal at the IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP a record 24 times, winning it most recently in 2007.
TSN/TSN2’s 2009 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP broadcast schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 24 – Preliminary Round: Canada(A) vs. Belarus(A) at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, April 26 – Preliminary Round: Canada(A) vs. Hungary(A) at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN
Tuesday, April 28 – Preliminary Round: Canada(A) vs. Slovakia(A) at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Thursday, April 30 – Qualification Round: 1A vs. 2D at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, May 3 – Qualification Round: 1A vs. 3D at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, May 3 – Qualification Round: 2A vs. 2D at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Monday, May 4 – Qualification Round: 1A vs. 1D at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Wednesday, May 6 – Quarter-final Game #1 at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Wednesday, May 6 – Quarter-final Game #2 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2
Thursday, May 7 – Quarter-final Game #3 at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Thursday, May 7 – Quarter-final Game #4 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Friday, May 8 – Semifinal #1 at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Friday, May 8 – Semifinal #2 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, May 10 – Bronze Medal Game at 10 a.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, May 10 – Gold Medal Game at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN
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