CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that WHL on SHAW’s coverage of the 2016 WHL Playoffs will continue with the WHL Eastern Conference Championship between the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Red Deer Rebels across its Western Canadian network. All games will be available to viewers across Western Canada on Shaw TV and Shaw HD channel 304.
The surging Wheat Kings are bolstered by the likes of Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder Ivan Provorov and Nolan Patrick, a projected top pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Brandon dispatched of the Moose Jaw Warriors in Round 2 in five games while Red Deer needed seven games to trump the Regina Pats. The Rebels will lean on Team Canada star and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Haydn Fleury in addition to a strong group of forwards that includes Jake DeBrusk (Boston Bruins), Adam Helewka (San Jose Sharks) and team captain Luke Philp.
The two sides meet in the WHL Playoffs for the first time since 2003, another WHL Eastern Conference Championship tilt, when Red Deer took the series 4-1 to advance.
During the series, SHAW’s WHL Central will continue to provide highlights, exclusive features and news from across the WHL during the broadcasts hosted by Andy Neal.
WHL Eastern Conference Championship – WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule:
|1||Red Deer||@||Brandon||Friday, April 22||7:30|
|2||Red Deer||@||Brandon||Saturday, April 23||7:30|
|3||Brandon||@||Red Deer||Tuesday, April 26||7:00|
|4||Brandon||@||Red Deer||Wednesday, April 27||7:00|
|5 *||Red Deer||@||Brandon||Friday, April 29||7:30|
|6 *||Brandon||@||Red Deer||Sunday, May 1||5:00|
|7 *||Red Deer||@||Brandon||Tuesday, May 3||7:00|
**SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
SHAW is in its 12th season as the official regional cable broadcaster of the WHL and will be offering all playoff games to viewers in high definition.
In addition to SHAW’s television coverage, the WHL will broadcast all games LIVE at www.whllive.com and via local radio. For more information on WHL Live webcasts or local radio broadcasts please visit www.whl.ca.