CALGARY, AB - Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, announced today that the entire first round series of the 2013 WHL Playoffs between the 2013 WHL East Division Champion Saskatoon Blades (2) and the Medicine Hat Tigers (7) will be televised LIVE on SHAW Channel 304 and SHAW Direct Channel 299 throughout Western Canada. This is the ninth consecutive year that SHAW has provided LIVE television coverage of the WHL Playoffs.
SHAW TV will provide extensive coverage of the 2013 WHL Playoffs by broadcasting a LIVE full series in round one and two of the 2013 WHL Playoffs, a WHL Conference Championship Series and the entire WHL Championship Series. Following the conclusion of each round during the 2013 WHL Playoffs, the WHL and SHAW TV will announce the next series that will be broadcast.
During the opening round series the WHL on SHAW will feature the play-by-play of Dan Russell with analysis from Bill Wilms and rink side host Peter Loubardias. SHAW’s WHL Central will continue to provide highlights, exclusive features and news from across the WHL during the broadcasts hosted by Andy Neal.
The first two games of the Saskatoon Blades – Medicine Hat Tigers series can be seen LIVE on SHAW TV from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon starting at 7:00pm MT on Thursday, March 21st and on Friday, March 22nd.
The following is the schedule for the Saskatoon Blades – Medicine Hat Tigers best of seven opening round series:
Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
SASKATOON VS. MEDICINE HAT
Game 1 - Thurs Mar 21 7:05 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 2 - Fri Mar 22 7:05 PM Medicine Hat at Saskatoon
Game 3 - Tuesday, Mar 26 7:00pm Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 4 - Wednesday, Mar 27 7:00pm Saskatoon at Medicine Hat
Game 5 - Friday, Mar 29, 7:05 Medicine Hat at Saskatoon*
Game 6 - Sunday, Mar 31 6:00 Saskatoon at Medicine Hat*
Game 7 - Tuesday, Apr 2 7:05 Medicine Hat at Saskatoon*
In addition to SHAW’s television coverage, the WHL will broadcast all games LIVE on the Internet and local radio. For more information on WHL Live On-Demand webcasts log onto www.whl.ca.
The WHL and the City of Saskatoon, SK will serve as the official hosts for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Saskatoon Blades will host the WHL Champions, Ontario Hockey League Champions and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champions from May 17 – 26, 2013.
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