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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Looking for the best source you need to find the season schedule and broadcasting information?

You have come to the right place! Welcome to the Hockey Forum's official resource for the National Hockey League's 2008-2009 season schedule.

I have to put together for the Hockey Forum community a news resource thread for the NHL's regular season game schedule and upcoming broadcasting information. Such information isn't just for here, but also for individual team boards. The posts are organized to show both schedule types and are easy to find what you're looking for.

The first post in this thread will contain news hyperlinks for the game schedules themselves. The second post is reserved for the broadcasting information.

I would like to invite everyone's participation in helping me track down any news items you find in the posts that follow! You see something that you think I should add to either the game schedule news link list or those for the broadcasting schedules, please by all means post them and I'll then add them.

My goal is to encourage participation in this thread where once the schedules are released, let's hear what you think are the most anticipated games you think should be circled on the 2008-2009 hockey calendar! Also, what do you like about the new schedules? What do you not like about them? Many other fans would like to know what your answers would be.

The 2008-2009 regular season schedule was unveiled on July 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

Here are the most resourceful news items available online.

National Hockey League official site
(July 17):
*European opening, Canadiens centennial highlight 2008-2009 season
Matchups not to be missed
2008-2009 NHL schedule page

(July 18):
Inside the 2008-2009 schedule

(August 11):
NHL announces 2008-2009 pre-season schedule

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page
(July 17):
Season to open in Europe as NHL releases 2008-2009 schedule
2008-2009 NHL schedule
2008-2009 Canadian calendar

(August 11):
NHL releases pre-season schedule

CBC Sports' hockey page
(July 17):
New NHL schedule heightens Canadian rivalries

(August 11):
Senators host Rangers to open NHL pre-season

ESPN's NHL page (July 17):
The can't-miss games of 2008-2009 NHL season

If you are looking for a specific team's schedule and broadcasting information, please visit any of the following threads on the individual team message boards.

2008-2009 Anaheim Ducks season schedule information
2008-2009 Atlanta Thrashers season schedule information
2008-2009 Boston Bruins season schedule information
2008-2009 Buffalo Sabres season schedule information
2008-2009 Calgary Flames season schedule information
2008-2009 Carolina Hurricanes season schedule information
2008-2009 Chicago Blackhawks season schedule information
2008-2009 Colorado Avalanche season schedule information
2008-2009 Columbus Blue Jackets season schedule information
2008-2009 Dallas Stars season schedule information
2008-2009 Detroit Red Wings season schedule information
2008-2009 Edmonton Oilers season schedule information
2008-2009 Florida Panthers season schedule information
2008-2009 Los Angeles Kings season schedule information
2008-2009 Minnesota Wild season schedule information
2008-2009 Montréal Canadiens season schedule information
2008-2009 Nashville Predators season schedule information
2008-2009 New Jersey Devils season schedule information
2008-2009 New York Islanders season schedule information
2008-2009 New York Rangers season schedule information
2008-2009 Ottawa Senators season schedule information
2008-2009 Philadelphia Flyers season schedule information
2008-2009 Phoenix Coyotes season schedule information
2008-2009 Pittsburgh Penguins season schedule information
2008-2009 St. Louis Blues season schedule information
2008-2009 San Jose Sharks season schedule information
2008-2009 Tampa Bay Lightning season schedule information
2008-2009 Toronto Maple Leafs season schedule information
2008-2009 Vancouver Canucks season schedule information
2008-2009 Washington Capitals season schedule information

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)

Over 300 games will be televised nationally as all 30 teams will make at least one appearance during the 2008-2009 season on either NBC, CBC, Le Réseau des Sports' (RDS), Versus or The Sports Network (TSN).

The NHL Network plans to show 75 games in the United States and 40 across Canada. No full broadcast schedule has been finalized for both the NHL Network and NBC, but will be announced soon.

A quick breakdown of what is in store for each of the national television broadcasters...

After signing a new six-year broadcasting contract with the NHL on June 3, 2008, The Sports Network (TSN) will show 70 games during the 2008-2009 regular season, all in high definition. With the launch of TSN 2 on August 29, 2008, games may also been seen there on what was called TSN's alternate feed. This would especially be the case during days of doubleheader coverage when the first game may not end before the second game is scheduled to begin. For the first time in 10 years, TSN will also show preseason games this fall with each of the six Canadian NHL teams each making one appearance.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has 69 games planned for their regular season Hockey Night in Canada coverage, including 25 of them being all-Canadian matchups. The network that has traditionally shown NHL games on Saturday nights for over 50 years will have a new theme song after CBC's broadcast rights to its very famous predecessor had expired. CTVglobemedia Inc. acquired the rights to "The Hockey Theme" on June 9, 2008. As a result, TSN and RDS will now feature the song in their NHL broadcasts starting this fall. CTVglobemedia owns Canadian Television (CTV) and a share of TSN and RDS. "The Hockey Theme" will also be featured during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Speaking of RDS, the French-language broadcast network will show all 82 Montréal Canadiens games across all of Canada. They will also showcase for Francophone viewers the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montréal on January 25, 2009 as part of the Canadiens' centennial season anniversary celebration. CBC and Versus will show the game for Anglophone viewers.

Versus will broadcast 56 games in their fourth season of national cable television coverage in the United States, including October 5, 2008 when the second day of two NHL Premiere games in Europe are played. The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning square off in Prague, Czech Republic while the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins play in Stockholm, Sweden.

American viewers will have NBC once again provide over-the-air national television contests starting on New Year's Day with no fewer than 10 games in 2009. The second edition of the Winter Classic kicks off their fourth season of coverage with an Original Six matchup between the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks from Wrigley Field in Chicago. CBC and RDS will show the game for Canadian viewers. The Rangers and Penguins face off in Pittsburgh during NBC's second broadcast of the season scheduled for January 18, 2009. The remaining 8 games in the following 10 Sundays are "flex games" in which the league and NBC will finalize which games they'll show on those days.

For more on the league-wide national television schedules, see these news sources below. If you want to access individual team broadcasting schedule information, see the opening post of this thread and click on the team game schedule thread of your choice.

National Hockey League official site (August 14):
League releases TV schedules for 2008-2009

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page (August 14):
TSN announces 2008-2009 NHL broadcast schedule
2008-2009 NHL on TSN schedule
NHL: Hockey Lives Here (video clip)

CBC Sports' hockey page (August 14):
Hockey Night in Canada unveils season schedule

Versus' NHL page (August 14):
Versus announces schedule for 2008-2009 NHL regular season
Much to see on Versus this season
Versus' 2008-2009 broadcast schedule

Kukla's Korner blog (August 15):
The Eye on the Media 2008-09 National TV Guide: Team-by-Team Network TV Schedules

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Discussion Starter #8
On Monday, the National Hockey League released its full preseason schedule. Individual teams also have their schedules up at their official web sites. I have these links also posted on the opening post of this thread.

National Hockey League official site (August 11):
NHL announces 2008-2009 pre-season schedule

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page (August 11):
NHL releases pre-season schedule

CBC Sports' hockey page (August 11):
Senators host Rangers to open NHL pre-season

And yesterday afternoon, the NHL announced the national television broadcast schedules.

PLEASE NOTE that I will be working on all the various team board threads to add this information for you between now and the end of tonight. These links below will also be in the opening post of this thread.

See the second post in this thread.

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Discussion Starter #9
The National Hockey League announced this evening the NHL Network's 2008-2009 broadcast schedule for United States viewers.

For more details on what is a major upgrade in the schedule that includes weekly access to Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts and all 75 games shown by NHL Network will be available in high definition, see the hyperlink below.

National Hockey League official news release (October 3):
NHL Network announces 2008-2009 NHL broadcast schedule in United States
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