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Hockey At Its Best
2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on TSN

-- All games produced in High Definition --
-- NHL Network to televise encores; ESPN Classic Canada to air classic match-ups --

TORONTO (December 14, 2004) – Waiting is the hardest part…and it’s finally here!

TSN’s annual holiday tradition continues with the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from Grand Forks, N.D. from December 25 to January 4, as the world’s best junior hockey players from 10 countries compete for gold medal glory.

TSN will broadcast all of Team Canada’s games, four preliminary round matches not involving Team Canada, plus the quarter-finals, semifinals, Bronze Medal Game and Gold Medal Game. All games will be produced in High Definition.

TSN’s Gord Miller will call the play-by-play action alongside colour commentator Pierre McGuire. Gino Reda will host TSN’s studio show on-site in North Dakota and will be joined by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. Rinkside reporter Ryan Rishaug will file daily reports for SportsCentre leading up to and during the tournament. Rishaug will also be on-site from Winnipeg during Team Canada’s selection camp. Each report on SportsCentre also features analysis from TSN hockey experts Miller, McGuire and McKenzie.

TSN kicks off its comprehensive World Juniors coverage with a special World Junior Hockey Championship Preview Show on Friday, Dec. 24 at 11:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Reda and McKenzie, the 60-minute program offers a variety of features, including Miller sitting down for a special one-on-one interview with Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter.

TSN is the host broadcaster for this year’s tourney and is sending a 50-person production crew to North Dakota. TSN has televised the World Juniors since 1991, and the tournament’s appeal as a viewer favourite is evident as the top three highest-rated TSN programs of all-time are World Junior broadcasts. TSN’s coverage of the Gold Medal Game from the 2003 World Juniors in Halifax attracted the largest audience in network history with 3.5 million viewers. TSN also won a Gemini Award for Best Live Sporting Event for coverage of the final game.

Leading up to the tournament, TSN.ca is asking fans to select Canada's All-Time World Junior team. Visitors can cast their votes by selecting two goalies, six defencemen and 12 forwards from a list of previous players who have represented Canada at the World Juniors. The results will be unveiled on TSN.ca following Hockey Canada's selection of Canada’s 2005 World Junior team on December 16. TSN.ca will also provide regular features, a live scoreboard for all of Team Canada's games, as well as reports and interviews during training camp and the tournament.

TSN’s 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship broadcast schedule is as follows:
•    Friday, Dec. 24 – World Junior Hockey Championship Preview Show at 11:30 p.m. ET
     (encores Dec. 25 at 7 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET)
•    Saturday, Dec. 25 – Canada vs. Slovakia at 4 p.m. ET (encore Dec. 26 at 8 a.m. ET)
•    Sunday, Dec. 26 – Russia vs. USA at 2 p.m. ET
•    Monday, Dec. 27 – Canada vs. Sweden at 4 p.m. ET (encores Dec. 28 at 3:30 a.m. ET
     and 1 p.m. ET)
•    Tuesday, Dec. 28 – Canada vs. Germany at 7:30 p.m. ET (encore at 12 midnight ET)
•    Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Czech Republic vs. Switzerland at 4:25 p.m. ET
•    Wednesday, Dec. 29 – Belarus vs. USA at 8:30 p.m. ET
•    Thursday, Dec. 30 – Canada vs. Finland at 4 p.m. ET (encore at 12 midnight ET)
•    Thursday, Dec. 30 – USA vs. Czech Republic at 8:30 p.m. ET
•    Saturday, Jan. 1 – Quarter-final at 4:30 p.m. ET (encore Jan. 2 at 12:30 a.m. ET)
•    Saturday, Jan. 1 – Quarter-final at 8 p.m. ET
•    Sunday, Jan. 2 – Semifinal #1 at 4 p.m. ET (encore Jan. 3 at 12:30 a.m. ET)
•    Monday, Jan. 3 – Semifinal #2 at 7 p.m. ET
•    Tuesday, Jan. 4 – Bronze Medal Game at 4 p.m. ET
•    Tuesday, Jan. 4 – Gold Medal Game at 7:30 p.m. ET (encore at 12 midnight ET)

NHL Network will provide encores of every game televised on TSN. Gary Green kicks off NHL Network’s broadcast schedule by sharing nearly three decades of World Junior Championship stories and memories during World Junior Memories on Friday, Dec. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. NHL Network’s broadcast schedule is as follows:
•    World Junior Memories on Friday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. ET
•    Canada vs. Slovakia on Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 26 at 1 a.m.
     and 10 a.m. ET
•    Russia vs. USA on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Monday, Dec. 27 at 1 a.m., 7 a.m.,
     and 1 p.m. ET
•    Canada vs. Sweden on Monday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 1 a.m.
     and 7 a.m. ET
•    Canada vs. Germany on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m., and 1 p.m. ET
•    Czech Republic vs. Switzerland on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 3:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET
•    Belarus vs. USA on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 1 a.m., 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
•    Canada vs. Finland on Friday, Dec. 31 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET
•    USA vs. Czech Republic on Friday, Dec. 31 at 4:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET
•    Quarter-final on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
•    Quarter-final on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 4:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET
•    Semifinal #1 on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m. ET and Monday, Jan. 3 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m.
     and 1 p.m. ET
•    Semifinal #2 on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
•    Bronze Medal Game on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. ET
•    Gold Medal Game on Thursday, Jan 5 at 2 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET

Fans looking for an early holiday treat can tune in to ESPN Classic Canada from December 20 to 24 for classic World Junior games from the past four decades. ESPN Classic Canada’s World Junior Hockey Week broadcast schedule is as follows:
Monday, Dec. 20:
•    7 p.m. ET – 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. USSR (Piestany, Czechoslovakia) – Both teams disqualified when brawls erupt
Tuesday, Dec. 21:
•    9 p.m. ET – 1996 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Sweden (Boston) – Jarome Iginla and Jose Theodore lead Team Canada to its fourth straight gold medal
Wednesday, Dec. 22:
•    9 p.m. ET – 1978 World Junior Hockey Championship Round Robin: Canada vs. CSSR (Montreal) – Gretzky scores a hat-trick
Thursday, Dec. 23:
•    9 p.m. ET – 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Russia (Winnipeg) – Heartbreak in the Prairies as Team Canada loses 3-2 in overtime
Friday, Dec. 24:
•    9 p.m. ET – 2003 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Russia (Halifax) – Yet another installment in the bitter Canada/Russia rivalry

TSN is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans from across the country.* TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also includes the NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and international hockey, the Olympic Games, CFL, NFL, PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors, curling, NASCAR, Formula One, Champ Car and IRL auto racing, Blue Jays baseball, NBA, tennis, soccer, figure skating and amateur sports action. TSN is available in eight million households. TSN's programming and news content is also available on-line at TSN.ca.


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