This is just a press release I got via email, since it’s just about that time. For some reason, I usually seem to make it to more pre-New Year’s Day games than post. Not sure why, but I’m guessing it has to do with football. Not sure why the logo’s broken, but I’m sure we’ll all live. Anyway, since I’m sitting here in my RedWings jersey waiting for game 2 of the World Series, here is some news you can use…
T-BIRDS TO APPEAR ON FSN THREE TIMES THIS SEASON
Kent, October 28, 2010 – The Western Hockey League and FSN Northwest today announced the 10-game broadcast schedule that will bring LIVE WHL action into 3.4 million homes across five U.S. states during the 2010-11 WHL Regular Season. The WHL and FSN Northwest are in their second season of a multi-year broadcast agreement in which FSN Northwest will serve as the WHL’s exclusive Northwest cable home through the 2011-12 WHL season.
The 2010-11 WHL on FSN Broadcast schedule will feature all five WHL U.S. based Clubs: Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. The 2010-11 WHL on FSN television broadcast schedule begins Friday, January 14th as the Seattle Thunderbirds host WHL U.S. Division rivals the Everett Silvertips at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The schedule also includes coverage of the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Avista Stadium as the Spokane Chiefs host the Kootenay Ice in the WHL’s first ever outdoor game.
The T-Birds will also appear on FSN on Friday, February 18, when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants and on Friday, February 25, when they face the Portland Winterhawks at the Rose Garden.One of the premier development League’s in the World, the Western Hockey League will once again showcase top rated NHL prospects throughout the season.
“The FSN Northwest broadcast schedule will once again allow the WHL to showcase top NHL prospects to a broad U.S. television audience,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “This season’s schedule will feature a highly competitive WHL U.S. Division and the first ever outdoor game in WHL history.””The WHL has done a tremendous job of building a loyal and dedicated fan base and we look forward to having the opportunity to reward those fans while also building a new audience in showcasing the league’s talent to the viewers across FSN Northwest’s five-state region,” stated Mark Jorgensen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of FSN Northwest.
2010-11 WHL on FSN Northwest Broadcast Schedule
Game 1 – Friday, January 14, 2011 – Everett @ Seattle, 7:30pm
Game 2* – Saturday, January 15, 2011 – Kootenay @ Spokane, 10:00pm
Game 3 – Friday, January 28, 2011 – Portland @ Tri-City, 7:00pm
Game 4* – Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – Everett @ Kamloops, 10:00pm
Game 5 – Friday, February 4, 2011 – Spokane @ Tri-City, 7:00pm
Game 6 – Friday, February 18, 2011 – Seattle @ Vancouver, 7:30pm
Game 7 – Friday, February 25, 2011 – Portland @ Everett, 7:30pm
Game 8 – Friday, March 4, 2011 – Seattle @ Portland, 7:00pm
Game 9 – Friday, March 8, 2011 – Tri-City @ Kamloops, 7:00pm
Game 10 – Friday, March 18, 2011 – Everett @ Portland, 7:00pm
* Indicates delayed broadcastAbout FSN Northwest
FSN Northwest is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Portland Beavers, Portland Timbers, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon State Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. The network delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are also available in high definition on FSN HD – to more than 3.4 million cable and satellite homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. FSN Northwest is based in Bellevue, WA, and is a subsidiary of DIRECTV Sports Networks, which also operates the regional sports networks FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Rocky Mountain (and sub-region FSN Utah). The three networks combined reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 25 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.
About the WHL
Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey league in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The WHL attracts over 4 million spectators each season to regular season and playoff games and is a world leader in player development and scholarship opportunities. Each season the WHL is one of the top leagues from which players are selected from in the NHL Entry Draft. Currently over 20% of all NHL players are graduates of the WHL. The WHL is also a leading provider of post-secondary scholarships with over 400 scholarships awarded each year to current and graduate WHL players, more than any other league in North America. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (together with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) which consists of 60 member clubs from coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States.The T-Birds take on the Prince George Cougars on Friday, October 29, at 7:35 p.m. at ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2010-11 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.T-Birds Group tickets are currently on sale. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.