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NHL, TSN announce new TV deal

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TORONTO — TSN and the NHL yesterday agreed to a six-year broadcast and digital rights deal that provides the television network with more coverage of Canadian teams.

The agreement commences with the 2008-09 season and runs through 2013-2014.

“TSN does an outstandin­g job of capturing aspects of NHL hockey, and we are extremely pleased that our fans in Canada can look forward to six more seasons to creative, innovative and passionate NHL coverage,” NHL deputy commission­er Bill Daly said.

Some highlights of the deal include TSN televising 70 regular-season games annually, with all contests featuring at least one Canadian team. The network will televise the first three rounds of the playoffs, with the possibilit­y of featuring a Canadian team.

“This landmark agreement provides TSN with its strongest NHL package ever,” said Rick Brace, president of business planning for CTV Inc.

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