Thu Apr 5

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the two second round playoff games to be featured on Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey April 6 and April 13, 2012. 

The CHL playoffs continue April 6 with Game 1 of the OHL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between the second place Ottawa 67’s hosting the third place Barrie Colts on Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey at 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West, and Sportsnet Pacific.  The 67’s feature one of the league’s top scorers in Los Angeles Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli up against Winnipeg Jets first round pick Mark Scheifele of the Colts.

On April 13, Friday Night Hockey shifts to the WHL for Game 5 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals when the sixth place Brandon Wheat Kings visit the first place Edmonton Oil Kings at 8 p.m. MT on Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet West, and Sportsnet Pacific.  The Wheat Kings feature one of the league’s top scorers in Ottawa Senators prospect Mark Stone up against one of the best defencemen in the league in Buffalo Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk of the Oil Kings.   

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds. Each broadcast features a pre-game studio show with analysis, scores, interviews and features. CHL coverage also extends to Sportsnet Connected and HOCKEY CENTRAL with all the latest news and highlights. On sportsnet.ca, columnist Patrick King will take a deeper look each week at the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Cosentino will also appear on the website with a weekly blog and discuss CHL news on Skype chats with fans, while Sportsnet magazine will continue to feature regular coverage of key CHL issues, topics and players. On Radio, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN will provide regular updates on game results and stats.

Sportsnet’s CHL coverage will continue through the 2012 Playoffs leading up to and including the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.  Sportsnet has been the exclusive media partner of the CHL since 1998.

About Sportsnet

Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Mobile. Sportsnet is Fuelled By Fans, and delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level. The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and the Sportsnet iPad app. Sportsnet is the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB television broadcasts and is home to 162 Toronto Blue Jays games, plus MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Sportsnet is an official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also offers an exciting sports lineup including the NFL, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, the Memorial Cup, and soccer programming with UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Canadian national team matches for men and women. Sportsnet Connected is the network’s nightly news program, providing regional and national coverage of the day’s events in the world of sports.

About the Canadian Hockey League

The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 51 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher than the Canadian national average. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. Last season 636 graduates attended North American post-secondary institutions on scholarships from CHL teams.