If you’re a fan of a Canadian team and living in the US, NBC would like to pass along a message: “go kick rocks.” In their defense, Canadian hockey fans suffer no shortage of hockey coverage in their native country, so there’s no real reason to pander to those who’ve left.
The TV schedule for NBC and the NBC Sports Network was released today, and the good news is that they’re covering more games than they ever have before. Before we address that, here’s a quick look at the amount of times they’re going to show the teams north of the border:
Vancouver: zero – go poop in your hat.
Calgary: none – take a hike down Beat It Street.
Edmonton: nada - long walk, short pier.
Ottawa: zip - go fly a kite.
Winnipeg: zilch – put an egg in your shoe and beat it.
Toronto: TWO – high fives, hugs, fist pumps.
Montreal: FIVE – fireworks, streamers, parades.
I’m not exactly sure why Montreal gets more than Toronto, but y’know…they do. Let’s look at the games NBC has scheduled as of now:
Original six, Pittsburgh, Philly and the defending Cup champs. Got it. They don’t get started until November (though NBCSN is up and kicking from day one), but once they do, they throw themselves into the mix pretty aggressively.
The schedule for the other networks has been released as well, so if you’re looking to see their coverage, you can check them out here:
NBCSN (Showing over 100 games this season – great news for Americans.)
The growth of the coverage shows that the NHL’s onward-and-upward momentum has continued, assuming there’s games to televise, of course.
Canadians in the US don’t have too much to complain about, especially with the birth of GameCenter, which is both terrific and affordable. Could be worse – remember when it was just one game a week on the Outdoor Life Network? That was less than a decade ago.