TORONTO – The way the NHL regular season is shaping up, it’s a good bet that five of the seven Canadian teams could reach the playoffs this spring.
That’s the kind of playoff CanCon that Rogers was hoping for when it signed a massive US$5.2-billion, 12-year deal to land the league’s broadcasting rights in 2013, a move that gave Sportsnet an immediate edge in its long-running rivalry with TSN.
Winnipeg Jets fans will get their first television glimpse of the team for the 2018-19 NHL season on October 4 at 7 p.m. on TSN3.
The broadcast schedule was released Thursday, with TSN carrying six of the seven Jets’ pre-season games and 60 regular season games live on TSN3. The remaining 22 regular season games will be broadcast on CBC and Rogers Sportsnet.
Winnipeg sports journalist Gary Lawless is taking on a much greater role at TSN.
Lawless’s extended duties with the broadcaster will see his weekday drive show, “Hustler and Lawless,” stretched to three hours from 3-6 p.m. CT on TSN Radio 1290.
“The opportunity to join this team and take on new roles is invigorating,” Lawless said in a network release. “Hustler and Lawless has taken a strong position in the Winnipeg sports scene and the chance to continue growing it while being a part of TSN’s TV and digital reach is a great next challenge.”
Lawless will also be a senior correspondent for TSN’s CFL coverage, act as a Jets Insider for TSN’s Winnipeg Jets coverage, and will expand his broadcast presence, making frequent appearances on “That’s Hockey” and “The Reporters.”
Sixty regular season Winnipeg Jets games will air on TSN3 for the 2015-16 hockey season.
The Jets have released their broadcast schedule, which begins on Thursday, October 8 when the Jets visit the Boston Bruins (6 p.m., TSN 3).
The TV schedule also includes seven pre-season games. The remaining 22 regular season games will be split between CBC, Rogers Sportsnet and City.
Games will be available to subscribers in the Jets’ designated broadcast region, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and parts of Northwestern Ontario including Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay.