Top 10 things to know about the NHL's new TV deal

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada - which regularly features the Leafs and Canadiens - will still...

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada - which regularly features the Leafs and Canadiens - will still broadcast Saturday night games, for now. (REUTERS)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

TORONTO - For Rogers Communications, it was a coup unlike any other in Canadian sports broadcasting history.

For Quebecor’s TVA Sports, it was like winning the lottery, a windfall that, until recently, was unexpected for a station that is only two years old.

For CBC Sports and Don Cherry, they are still in play for now, albeit facing an uncertain future moving forward.

And for TSN, the network that so brilliantly evolved the way the sport of hockey is shown on television — thanks in part to consummate pros such as James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun — it was like being nailed in the cup by a blistering slapshot.

In a nutshell, those were the winners and losers from Tuesday’s “landmark deal,” to use commissioner Gary Bettman’s own words, a blockbuster 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement reached by the NHL with Rogers Communications for national broadcast rights of the league here in Canada.

Click the box below to read a breakdown of the deal and the ripples it will send through the hockey world.


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