COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Adding to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s (NCHC) national television schedule, American Sports Network (ASN) will broadcast 10 games live throughout the 2016-17 season, the conference and ASN announced Thursday.
Entering into its second year of a partnership with ASN, the NCHC saw eight games broadcast across the country on American Sports Network in the first year of the agreement. During the upcoming 2016-17 season, all eight NCHC teams will appear on ASN at least once with five different schools hosting a telecast. Six NCHC teams will appear on the Network at least twice with Colorado College, Denver, Omaha and Western Michigan being showcased three times apiece.
Games selected to air on ASN are centered on member institutions that have limited local/regional television exposure from their home venues. With that in mind, CC and WMU each host a trio of ASN games, while Omaha will host two ASN broadcasts and Denver and Miami will each have one ASN telecast originate from their arena. Eight of the 10 games ASN will air are conference games with only two non-conference contests on the slate.
“The announcement of 10 additional NCHC distributed games through American Sports Network speaks to our commitment toward national exposure,” NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton said. “We appreciate ASN’s partnership with our conference and their overall coverage given to college hockey. We look forward to another great year on their network.”
The American Sports Network schedule begins on Friday, Oct. 21 at Baxter Arena when Omaha hosts Hockey East foe Vermont at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) in a non-conference clash. Beginning Nov. 4, ASN will air an NCHC game three straight Fridays starting with Miami at rival Western Michigan. The following Friday, Colorado College hosts St. Cloud State, while the three-week stretch concludes Nov. 18 with the other non-conference battle between Air Force and WMU at Lawson Ice Arena.
Denver’s lone home game on ASN Friday, Dec. 9 wraps up the first half of the season as Minnesota Duluth visits Magness Arena. The first of three Saturday games to air on American Sports Network, Omaha entertains North Dakota on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local). On Friday, Jan. 13, ASN will showcase an NCHC doubleheader, starting with the Pioneers at WMU at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by Omaha at Colorado College at 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local).
The final two NCHC games on ASN fall on Saturdays with the first Jan. 28 when the Tigers tangle with North Dakota in Colorado Springs at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local). The ASN slate then wraps up Feb. 18 with Miami welcoming Denver to Steve Cady Arena at 8 p.m. ET.
“We are very pleased to increase the number of NCHC games on ASN this season,” said Doron Gorshein, COO of Sinclair Network Groups. “The NCHC schedule on ASN serves our Sinclair stations in the Midwest and Mountain regions and gives them some of the best collegiate hockey in the country.”
American Sports Network, which launched in 2014-15, is composed of 173 Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned and operated television stations nationwide with 482 channels in 81 markets, many in the NCHC footprint, which combine to reach approximately 43 million households in the United States. ASN, which produced over 350 college events last season and plans to air nearly 400 contests in 2016-17, has also developed an affiliate network of regional sports networks to increase the per-game potential distribution to more than 60 million households on average.
Fans looking to watch games on ASN can find them on Sinclair Broadcast stations in their local markets, as well as on Regional Sports Networks across the country. To find ASN in your area or for more information, visit www.americansportsnet.com.
All NCHC games aired on ASN will also be available on NCHC.tv, the conference’s digital streaming network. Fans can watch even more NCHC action on NCHC.tv, where over 140 NCHC games, including those on ASN, will be streamed live during the 2016-17 season. To subscribe to NCHC.tv, click here.
On Tuesday, the NCHC revealed its 14-game national television schedule on CBS Sports Network, bringing the NCHC’s national TV games total to 24 so far. To view the full American Sports Network TV schedule (also below), as well as the CBS Sports Network schedule, click here.
The NCHC’s remaining nationally and regionally televised games on FOX Sports North and FOX College Sports will be announced in the coming weeks.
The NCHC enters its fourth year of competition after seeing half its member teams make the NCAA Tournament last season, including two making the Frozen Four and North Dakota becoming the conference’s first national champion. The NCHC drops the puck on the 2016-17 campaign Oct. 1-2 with six teams playing exhibition games and Minnesota Duluth opening the regular season, while six NCHC teams begin the regular season the following weekend.
|Fri., Oct. 21, 2016||Vermont at Omaha||Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.||8:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 4, 2016||Miami at Western Michigan||Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Mich.||7:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 11, 2016||St. Cloud State at Colorado College||The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.||9:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Nov. 18, 2016||Air Force at Western Michigan||Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Mich.||7:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Dec. 9, 2016||Minnesota Duluth at Denver||Magness Arena, Denver, Colo.||9:00 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 7, 2017||North Dakota at Omaha||Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.||8:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 13, 2017||Denver at Western Michigan||Lawson Ice Arena, Kalamazoo, Mich.||6:30 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 13, 2017||Omaha at Colorado College||The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.||9:00 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 28, 2017||North Dakota at Colorado College||The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.||8:00 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 18, 2017||Denver at Miami||Steve Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio||8:00 p.m.|