It won’t be the Ottawa Senators vs. the Canadiens on RDS on Oct. 11 as originally planned in the NHL schedule. But Habs fans will be able to watch locked-out NHL players square off against each other at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City the same night.
With the start of the NHL season cancelled because of the labour dispute, RDS has decided to broadcast the game, which is part of La tournée des joueurs.
The series kicked off Sept. 27 in Châteauguay, where more than 1,200 fans showed up to watch a group of NHL players that included Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and defenceman Francis Bouillon. Other games are scheduled for Thursday night in St. Hyacinthe, Friday in Sherbrooke and Wednesday in Rimouski.
Meanwhile, TVA Sports has been named the official French language broadcaster of the Hamilton Bulldogs, with its first broadcast slated for Oct. 20 game against the Toronto Marlies. Future broadcasts will be announced at a later date.
Sportsnet announced it will start televising AHL games on Saturday nights, beginning on Oct. 13 when the Marlies play their home opener against the Rochester Americans. The following Saturday, Sportsnet will have a doubleheader with the Bulldogs taking on the Marlies in Toronto at 7 p.m., followed by the Chicago Wolves against the Abbotsford Heat at 10 p.m.