From a press release received via the Syracuse Crunch mailing list:
NHL NETWORK TO BROADCAST 2008 CALDER CUP FINALS LIVE
SPRINGFIELD , Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Games 1 and 2 of the 2008 Calder Cup Finals series between the Chicago Wolves and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be televised live on NHL Network in the United States and Canada .
The AHL’s 72nd championship series begins tonight at Allstate Arena in Rosemont , Ill. The Wolves are the top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers, and the Penguins are the top affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Pat Foley will be handling the call of the games, with former AHL and NHL forward Bill Gardner providing color commentary and Judd Sirott serving as rinkside reporter.
I’ve poked fun at the NHL Network before for some of its more anorak-ish programming (“Top Ten Draft Choices of 1998”?? Really?!), but I have appreciated what they’ve done this year in bringing programming like the World Juniors, Memorial Cup, tape delayed ECHL and AHL games, and now live coverage of the Calder Cup finals. Hopefully they’ll keep it up and maybe broaden the coverage next season.