BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The excitement of NCAA hockey returns to TSN, Canada’s largest sports network, for a third year in a row, with Canadian viewers treated to 37 regular-season games in 2016-17. TSN and College Hockey Inc. unveiled the network’s regular-season schedule, which features coverage of Frozen Fenway and the Beanpot tournament in addition to No. 10 Bemidji State University’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association road series opener at Bowling Green State University, Jan. 6.
“We are excited that TSN will once again be making so many NCAA games available to hockey fans in Canada,” said College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee. “Close to 30% of all NCAA hockey players are Canadian, including three NHL first-round draft picks in 2016. Our partnership with TSN allows these young players to be more closely followed in their hometowns and shows what makes playing for your school a unique and special experience.”
The Bemidji State/Bowling Green matchup highlights the fourth weekend of TSN’s broadcast schedule. The Beavers and Falcons currently hold down two of the top four positions in the WCHA standings and met in the first round of the league playoffs a year ago. BGSU owns an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series between the teams, but BSU is coming off a 2-1, 4-1 sweep of the Falcons, Oct. 7-8.
The addition of this game to TSN in Canada makes the game available across North America and around the world. The game was already slated to be broadcast via web stream on the American Sports Network.
“TSN’s significant coverage of NCAA hockey is great news for the hockey fan in Canada,” said Craig Button, TSN’s Director of Scouting and a former NHL general manager. “The games are intense and the players are very skilled, with many of them headed to the NHL in the near future. NCAA hockey is highly entertaining and fun to watch.”
TSN’s NCAA hockey coverage begins this weekend’s Friendship Four, featuring the University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, Quinnipiac University and St. Lawrence University from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Expanded coverage of NCAA hockey is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO. Seven games this season have already been made available on TSN GO.
The Beavers (11-2-1; 11-0-1-1 WCHA) now step away from WCHA play to host Princeton Nov. 25-26. The Beavers open the series with the Tigers at 7:07 p.m. Friday with the series finale set for 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Center.
About Bemidji State
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
About College Hockey, Inc.
Formed in 2009 in partnership with USA Hockey, College Hockey, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Division I men’s college hockey to prospective players and fans through extensive marketing and informational efforts. The entity is operated under the auspices of a 12-member Board of Directors and works closely with the commissioners, coaching staffs and administrators of the 60 programs and six conferences that sponsor Division I hockey.