SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Ö The American Hockey League and Sportsnet, entering the second year of a five-year relationship, announced today that Sportsnet will begin coverage of the AHLís 77th season with three live, national Saturday night broadcasts this month.
On Oct. 13, the defending Western Conference champion Toronto Marlies
(top affiliate of the NHLís Toronto Maple Leafs
) will host the Rochester Americans
(Buffalo Sabres) at 5 p.m. ET.
Then on Oct. 20, itís an AHL doubleheader as the Marlies host the Hamilton Bulldogs
(Montreal Canadiens) at 7 p.m. ET and the Chicago Wolves
(Vancouver Canucks) visit the Abbotsford Heat
(Calgary Flames) at 10 p.m. ET.
All three games will air live across Canada in high definition on Sportsnet ONE. Hockey Central host Jeff Marek will be joined by analysts Brad May
and John Shannon for pre-game and intermission analysis. Joe Bowen, Greg Millen
and Paul Hendrick will provide the call from Toronto, while Rob Kerr, Charlie Simmer
, John Garrett
and Roger Millions bring home the action from Abbotsford.
ďAs we prepare to embark on an exciting 2012-13 season in the American Hockey League, we are thrilled to be teaming with Sportsnet to bring our sportís best young talent into the homes of our fans across Canada,Ē said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer.
ďThere is a great hunger and passion for hockey across this country, and we are thrilled to partner with the American Hockey League to provide fans with access to premium, live hockey destination viewing on Saturdays for the coming weeks,Ē said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance and Sports Programming, Rogers Media.