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Rogers aims to give fans 'as much Canadian hockey' as possible

Former Oilers star Mark Messier said yesterday he only wishes today's technology was available to...

Former Oilers star Mark Messier said yesterday he only wishes today's technology was available to Canadians back in the 1980s, when teammate Wayne Gretzky (pictured) was shattering NHL records. (QMI Agency)

Lance Hornby, QMI Agency

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The verdict on Rogers’ ability to be the NHL’s new Canadian puck potentate could take months or years to determine.

But one surefire way to please the people is open the storehouse and feed the hockey-hungry masses. That starts with the many NHL fans among 83% of Canadians who use a mobile phone and 50% who own a tablet. A little more than a month from the launch of the new season and its historic 12-year broadcast deal with the league, Rogers announced an end to many of the bothersome local and regional blackouts to mobile customers on its NHL GameCentre Live app.

Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media, said on Wednesday that more than 50% extra games will be accessible on GameCentre Live, including the revamped Hockey Night in Canada and all Stanley Cup playoff action.

“There’s no such thing as too much choice,” Pelley said as he and league ambassador Mark Messier addressed the media. “Let the consumer decide what they want to watch.


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