Leafs Release 2005-06 Broadcast Schedule
(September 7, 2005) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday their television broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2005-06 season. All 82 regular season games will be broadcast live among four networks: Leafs TV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and CBC. In addition, all eight preseason games will be shown live exclusively on Leafs TV, and for the first time, Leafs TV will be facilitating the production of Molson Leafs Hockey midweek regional telecasts.
"We are thrilled with the return of the Leafs and the NHL on television in the fall," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president, chief operating officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. "CBC, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet will provide another exciting year of hockey for Leafs fans and we look forward to carrying the action from September until April on Leafs TV."
Thirteen regular season games, exclusively on Leafs TV, will again be accompanied by the one hour pre-game show, 'Game Day' and the two hour post-game show, 'After The Horn'.
"Leafs TV is proud to bring its viewers an excellent schedule of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey for the first time in our four-year history," said John Shannon, vice-president, programming and executive producer of Leafs TV. "It is our mission to bring the fans even closer to the action with the addition of these games."
"When it comes to hockey, fans in Toronto exude a tremendous amount of pride and passion. TSN shares those sentiments about Canada's game, and we have put together a strong Maple Leafs broadcast schedule that is sure to satisfy the fans' hungry appetite," said Phil King, President, TSN.
"Maple Leaf hockey is an integral part of the live event line-up for Sportsnet Ontario," said Dave Akande, Vice President, Programming, Rogers Sportsnet. "The network is anxious, as I am sure fans of the Leafs are, to get the season underway."
CBC will again have exclusive rights to Saturday night games involving the Maple Leafs and will broadcast 27 games. TSN will show 10 of their 27 Maple Leafs games nationally and Rogers Sportsnet will carry 15 games in the 2005-06 season.