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WHL AND FSN ANNOUNCE BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Calgary, AB. – The Western Hockey League (WHL) and FSN Northwest today announced the 10-game broadcast schedule that will bring LIVE WHL action into 3.4 million homes across five U.S. states during the 2010-11 WHL Regular Season.  The WHL and FSN Northwest are in their second season of a multi-year broadcast agreement in which FSN Northwest will serve as the WHL’s exclusive Northwest cable home through the 2011-12 WHL season.

One of the premier development League’s in the World, the Western Hockey League will once again showcase the top rated NHL prospects throughout the season. 

“The FSN Northwest broadcast schedule will once again allow the WHL to showcase out top NHL prospects to a broad U.S. television audience,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “This season’s schedule will feature a highly competitive WHL U.S. Division and the first ever outdoor game in WHL history.”

“The WHL has done a tremendous job of building a loyal and dedicated fan base and we look forward to having the opportunity to reward those fans while also building a new audience in showcasing the league’s talent to the viewers across FSN Northwest’s five-state region,” stated Mark Jorgensen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of FSN Northwest.

The 2010-11 WHL on FSN Broadcast schedule will feature all five WHL U.S. based Clubs: Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans.  The 2010-11 WHL on FSN television broadcast schedule begins Friday, January 14th as the Seattle Thunderbirds host WHL U.S. Division rivals the Everett Silvertips at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.  The schedule also includes coverage of the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at Avista Stadium as the Spokane Chiefs host the Kootenay Ice in the WHL’s first ever outdoor game.

2010-11 WHL on FSN Northwest Broadcast Schedule

Game    Date                                               Away                                            Home                                 Time
1    Friday, January 14, 2011             Everett Silvertips            @    Seattle Thunderbirds    7:30pm
2    Saturday, January 15, 2011         Kootenay Ice                 @    Spokane Chiefs           10:00pm*
3    Friday, January 28, 2011             Portland Winterhawks     @    Tri-City Americans        7:00pm
4    Wednesday, February 02, 2011    Everett Silvertips            @    Kamloops Blazers        10:00pm*
5    Friday, February 04, 2011            Spokane Chiefs             @    Tri-City Americans        7:00pm
6    Friday, February 18, 2011            Seattle Thunderbirds      @    Vancouver Giants         7:30pm
7    Friday, February 25, 2011            Portland Winterhawks     @    Everett Silvertips          7:30pm
8    Friday, March 04, 2011                Seattle Thunderbirds      @    Portland Winterhawks   7:00pm
9    Tuesday, March 08, 2011             Tri-City Americans         @    Kamloops Blazers         7:00pm
10    Friday, March 18, 2011               Everett Silvertips           @    Portland Winterhawks    7:00pm
                *indicates delayed broadcast

For full broadcast details visit: http://www.whl.ca/whl-tv-broadcast-schedules

About FSN Northwest
FSN Northwest is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Portland Beavers, Portland Timbers, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon State Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. The network delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are also available in high definition on FSN HD – to more than 3.4 million cable and satellite homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. FSN Northwest is based in Bellevue, WA, and is a subsidiary of DIRECTV Sports Networks, which also operates the regional sports networks FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Rocky Mountain (and sub-region FSN Utah). The three networks combined reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 25 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.

About the WHL
Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey league in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.  The WHL attracts over 4 million spectators each season to regular season and playoff games and is a world leader in player development and scholarship opportunities.  Each season the WHL is one of the top leagues from which players are selected from in the NHL Entry Draft.  Currently over 20% of all NHL players are graduates of the WHL.  The WHL is also a leading provider of post-secondary scholarships with over 400 scholarships awarded each year to current and graduate WHL players, more than any other league in North America. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (together with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) which consists of 60 member clubs from coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States.

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