Hockey Canada, the national governing body for ice hockey, has announced a long term extension to its domestic broadcast deal with pay-TV networks TSN and RDS.
The deal, which follows TSN and RDS’s exclusive live broadcast of Team Canada’s gold-medal victory over Team Russia in the 2020 World Junior Championship, extends through to the 2033/34 season and continues the long standing relationship between the parties that dates back to 1991.
Hockey Canada’s chief operating officer, Scott Smith, commented: “For 30 years, Hockey Canada, TSN, and RDS have benefitted from a broadcast relationship that has built from grassroots programs and initiatives through to our national and international championships.
“The traditions and love of hockey have enabled us to share our vision of bringing fans closer to Canada’s game not just through viewership, but also through participation.”
As a result of the deal, Hockey Canada has now secured multi-platform rights to all its events including and both broadcasters are now set to produce an extensive schedule of games on an annual basis that includes both the men’s competitions as well as the women’s competitions.
TSN president Stewart Johnston added: “Hockey Canada has been an incredibly valued partner of TSN and RDS for decades, and we couldn’t be happier to reach this agreement and to continue to deliver this slate of world-class hockey events.
“Hockey Canada is the world leader in developing and promoting positive hockey experiences, from elite teams like we’ve seen over the last two weeks to the extensive grassroots programs it runs across the country. As Canada’s Sports Leader, we are thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada to help fulfill its mission, and we feel privileged to be the country’s long-term home for iconic hockey championships, including the World Juniors and so many more.”
As well as being available through the TV networks, Hockey Canada programming is also available to TSN and TSN Direct subscribers on TSN.ca and the TSN app.
A selection of the games available on both TSN and RDS as a result of the deal includes:
- International events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP; IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; and IIHF U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
- Domestic events such as the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE; NATIONAL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP; CANADIAN TIRE PARA HOCKEY CUP; WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE; TELUS CUP; ESSO CUP; CENTENNIAL CUP PRESENTED BY TIM HORTONS; and ALLAN CUP.