announced this afternoon.
The Saint John Sea Dogs’ first playoff game, to be played on Friday, March 23, will be broadcast live nationally on Sportsnet. The game will also air on the French language station TVA Sports.
“We are honoured that the Sea Dogs and the city of Saint John will be showcased nationally yet again,” said Sea Dogs President Wayne Long in a team release. “We are looking forward to another big crowd and another great game.”
The Sea Dogs were just on national television a week ago, defeating the Quebec Remparts 4-1 at Harbour Station. Sportsnet’s broadcast of the game, featuring Jeff Marek, Brad May, RJ Broadhead, Sam Cosentino and the legendary Rob Fualds, was solid.
This is a bit surprising because that game – and the series – shouldn’t be the most entertaining in the Canadian Hockey League. The Sea Dogs will likely play either the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, or the PEI Rocket in the first round. None of those teams are having, ummm…. the greatest seasons of all-time.
But, Sportsnet will also be broadcasting CIS Nationals from Fredericton that weekend, which makes the decision to feature Saint John on Friday Night Hockey a lot more sensible. It'll be a good weekend for the New Brunswick sports scene.