Sunday, August 20, 2006

NHL Centre Ice query

As I can't recall from when I had the package last year, does anyone know what sort of preseason coverage is available on the Centre Ice package? I see that Leafs TV will be showing every Toronto preseason game here in Ontario, but I'm curious what other coverage will be available come mid-September.


At 2:15 p.m., August 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I remember no pre-season games are included.

At 2:48 p.m., August 20, 2006, Anonymous iwocpo said...

Same here. I can't recall a single pre-season game aired on Centre Ice.

At 3:57 p.m., August 20, 2006, Blogger Doogie said...

I find that kind of curious. You'd have to think that in Canada, at least, there's be a market for preseason games. It's not like we don't get NFL preseason games up here.

At 4:26 p.m., August 20, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

One of the problems would, admittedly, be that a lot of preseason hockey isn't televised anywhere, but you'd think that with the dollar figures people are spending on the package, Centre Ice would carry the available games.

I think I'm going to be left watching the Leafs TV games.

At 6:28 p.m., August 20, 2006, Blogger Doogie said...

Even if they don't put together the full broadcast package they would for the regular season or playoffs, they could at least show a game or two on regional television to get people hyped up about the team and its up and comers.

Of course, it would help if there was another team besides the Leafs with their own TV station. ;)

At 10:32 p.m., August 20, 2006, Blogger J.R. Hippe said...

Why would you or anyone for that matter want to watch practice season games?

At 10:39 p.m., August 20, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I'm not sure about others, but I find the exhibition season interesting for a number of reasons — mainly because you're seeing a whole different group of individuals playing for every team, competing for roster spots. If you're interested in seeing a team's prospect pool, and how deep (or not deep) it is, preseason is a good place to look.

You can also learn a lot about the veterans, a team's new coach and other aspects of a team from how they approach those games. Let's not forget the Hurricanes were 5-2-1 in preseason last year. Buffalo was 6-2-0.

Watch the preseason. You can learn a lot.

At 10:49 p.m., August 20, 2006, Anonymous Robert Cleave said...

James, I don't have Center Ice, but my memory of last year is that the NHL Network aired some U.S. based pre-season games. I have no idea whether that was a one-shot deal because of the lockout.

At 10:37 p.m., September 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last season they aired all the preseason games on NHL Centre Ice on Expressvu. Its the Leafs TV feed.


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At 2:22 p.m., September 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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