COLORADO SPRINGS, United States – USA Hockey announced a three-year partnership with the NHL Network that includes coverage of the IIHF World U20 Championship and the upcoming Qwest Tour, featuring the 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National Team.
In the next three IIHF World U20 Championships, the NHL Network will provide live television coverage of all U.S. games and all games of the medal round, including all quarterfinal and semi-final games, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game.
Under the agreement, the NHL Network will also televise four live games of the Qwest Tour.
“We’re extremely pleased to showcase two of our most prominent teams on the NHL Network,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the NHL Network.”
“Our association with USA Hockey is another building block in making the NHL Network the Home of Hockey,” said John Shannon, executive in charge of programming and production for the NHL Network. “It's great to be part of covering a truly marquee event like the World U20 Championship, as well as giving more exposure to the women's program as it prepares for the Vancouver Olympics."
- All games will be televised in high definition.
- The NHL Network will also televise all Team Canada games in the preliminary round of the upcoming World U20 Championship.
- The 2009 U.S. National Junior Team will be unveiled Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. EST on NHL Live, simulcast on the NHL Network and XM 204.