OTTAWA - TVA Sports is gearing up for a big season of Senators hockey.
The all-sports network, launched two weeks ago, announced Wednesday it will broadcast 38 Ottawa games this season starting with the clubs home opener on Oct. 11 verssus the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.
The broadcast crew will feature play-by-play man Pierre Rinfret, colour analyst Yvon Pedneault with former NHLer Enrico Ciccone between the benches.
We are happy to bring the Senators to our network right from the start, giving our viewers the opportunity to see the best players in the world, said Pierre Dion, president and CEO of TVA Group Inc. This is a first for the Ottawa Senators and their fans, to have a French broadcasting team on site with our commentators and analysts for local games.
The Senators are excited to have TVA Sports on board.
Were excited about our partnership with TVA Sports and what this will bring to our francophone audience, said Senators president Cyril Leeder. With TVA Sports showing 38 games, we expect that more than 60 Senators regular-season games will now be televised in French, the most weve ever been able to provide to our fans.
Here is TVA Sports schedule for 2011/12:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, vs. Minnesota - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, vs. Philadelphia - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20, vs. Winnipeg - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30, vs. Toronto - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11, at Buffalo - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Calgary - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17, at Edmonton - 9:30 p.m
Sunday, Nov. 20, at Vancouver - 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25, at Pittsburgh - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27, vs. Carolina - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Winnipeg - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1, at Dallas - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8, at New Jersey - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Buffalo - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, vs. Buffalo - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, at Carolina - 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 30, vs. Calgary - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 2, vs. New Jersey - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 5, vs. Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, at Philadelphia - 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 8, vs. Philadelphia, - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Pittsburgh - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12, at N.Y. Rangers - 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16, vs. Winnipeg - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Toronto - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 19, at San Jose - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21, at Anaheim - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Phoenix - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Boston - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3, vs. N.Y. Islanders - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Boston - 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, at Florida - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, at Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, vs. N.Y. Rangers - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 26, at Winnipeg - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 - at N.Y. Islanders - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, vs. Carolina - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5, vs. Boston - 7:30 p.m.