As many of you probably know by now, the Canadian Hockey League Online Network finally launched last night. The launch meant that all 60 CHL teams, the CHL site, the Ontario Hockey League site, the Western Hockey League site, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League site all got new websites and became part of the same network.
“The Canadian Hockey League is excited to deliver the largest Canadian sports online network ever, allowing CHL fans everywhere the ability to easily access information on the best development league in the world,” said CHL President David Branch in a release. “Our partners at MRX have done a terrific job of working with our leagues and teams to develop new sites with fresh platforms to provide new and exciting content that will deliver increased value to our fans.”
The release also states that “the launch provides a more streamlined set of websites with improved navigation, emphasis on social networking, and consistent advertising opportunities for national and league sponsor recognition. All sites will feature a redesigned schedule and live scoring console making it easy for fans to follow their favourite teams and purchase tickets to any game. Sites will also feature larger news readers, photo galleries, and video players with the ability for leagues and teams to easily share content across all 64 websites. All three regional leagues will now be using the same online scorekeeping and stats system through Leaguestat.com which will provide consistency across the entire CHL.”
As expected when anything this large launches, there are going to a lot of technical difficulties.
The Halifax Mooseheads even released an apology about the errors on their web page.
“Like all 60 CHL teams, today we have launched a new website to better serve our fans,” the team wrote on their website. “We understand that several areas are not working properly at this time or providing the correct information. We currently have staff working hard to correct these problems. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
We have glanced over several of the QMJHL team pages, and, although many may think that only the colour scheme changes between sites, each page does seem to be a bit different in their design scheme.
The new Saint John Sea Dogs website already has their photo gallery launched, as well as most of the links that appeared on the old page.
Please note that the Sea Dogs schedule is incorrect and this weekend’s games start at 7:30 and 7:00, respectfully.
“Yeah, quite a few kinks to work out unfortunately, proper time zone implementation being one of them,” responded the Sea Dogs on Twitter to a fan asked question.
Some noticeable errors on all team sites are the rosters. Here is what Saint John’s looks like:
Here are before-and-after shots of the Sea Dogs website: