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Professional Women’s Hockey League Announces National Broadcast Partnerships for Inaugural 2024 Season

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The six-team Professional Women’s Hockey League has partnered with three Canadian broadcast networks for its inaugural season which begins Monday.

TSN, Sportsnet and CBC/Radio-Canada will each broadcast certain games in 2024, the league announced Friday in a press release.

“The visibility provided on our broadcast and streaming schedule is unprecedented in women’s hockey and reinforces the growing interest in our sport,” said PWHL Advisory Board Member Stan Kasten. “The accessibility of PWHL games throughout our inaugural season is a giant win for fans everywhere.

“We felt it was a priority to engage a large number of committed partners across a variety of consistent platforms.”

All three networks will broadcast the season opener between Toronto and New York on New Year’s Day at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Of the 71 games remaining on the PWHL schedule, 51 will be available on linear television in Canada (25 on TSN, 16 on Sportsnet and 10 on CBC) while the remaining 21 will be available on the league’s YouTube channel. TSN, Sportsnet and CBC will also offer streaming coverage of select games.

French-language coverage of all Montreal matches will be shared between RDS, Radio-Canada and ICI TOU.TV. The league also said regional agreements are in place in the United States with MSG Networks and NESN.

TSN will broadcast playoff games and the 2024 PWHL Championship.

“The launch of the PWHL is a historic moment for hockey and we are incredibly proud to partner with the league, working together to showcase these elite athletes to a national audience and inspiring the next generation of players,” Bell Media said. Shawn Redmond, vice president of athletics.

The opening game will feature a broadcast team led by CBC Sports host Andi Petrillo. Other participants include TSN’s Tessa Bonhomme and Cheryl Pounder, CBC Sports’ Anastasia Bucsis, The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian, former professional player Saroya Tinker and anchor Daniella Ponticelli, the league said.

“The PWHL’s inaugural season is a momentous event in women’s sport that will undoubtedly inspire future generations of hockey fans and players to come,” said Chris Wilson, general manager of CBC Sports & Olympics. “CBC Sports is committed to providing equal coverage of women’s sports across all platforms and is proud to bring a national stage to the PWHL, helping to further grow the audience for women’s hockey in Canada and celebrate the incredible talent from this country and around the world. “

Additional broadcast partners may be announced throughout the season, the league said.

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