(CHICAGO) – Fox Sports Net – the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks – is the place to catch the very best in National Hockey League action with all 41, live, regular season Blackhawk road games, along with two pre-season telecasts during the 2003-04 season.
FSN viewers can get the first look at head coach Brian Sutter’s 2003-04 Blackhawks squad when they face the rival St. Louis Blues in a pre-season match-up on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 PM live from Kansas City, MO. Fox Sports Net will also carry an additional pre-season game on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 PM when the Blackhawks travel to face the Dallas Stars.
This year’s regular season campaign on Fox Sports Net starts off with the road opener on Friday, October 10 at 8:00 PM against Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya and the Colorado Avalanche (NOTE: FSN will carry another Blackhawks-Colorado match-up on Mar. 23). Other key road match-ups this season include three big divisional battles against the Detroit Red Wings (Nov. 10, Dec. 19 & Jan. 14) and the St. Louis Blues (Nov. 1, Jan. 12 & Mar. 27). Plus, FSN will have road contests against the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils (Mar. 11) and finals runner-up Anaheim (Oct. 26 & Nov. 28).
This season’s Blackhawks roster features veterans Eric Daze, Alex Zhamnov, Steve Sullivan, Jocelyn Thibault and rookie Tuomo Ruutu, who is touted as the top prospect in the world by many hockey experts and a variety of hockey publications. Ruutu was the Blackhawks’ 1st round selection (9th overall) in the 2001 NHL entry draft.
Chicago Blackhawks hockey on Fox Sports Net features the veteran announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Dale Tallon, who will work their 18th season together handling play-by-play and analysis. Blackhawks PRE, featuring the studio tandem of Jim Blaney and former Blackhawk star center Troy Murray, will air a half-hour prior to every game telecast on FSN. Blaney and Murray will also host period intermissions and Blackhawks POST, which will follow all FSN game telecasts.
“As we enter our 20th year as a regional sports network, we have been proud to bring Blackhawks fans hundreds of the most exciting games and moments from this storied NHL franchise,” said James J. Corno, Fox Sports Net Chicago’s Senior Vice President/General Manager. “From our expert pre-game, game and post-game coverage, our viewers are guaranteed to have an exceptional night of sports entertainment every time they watch a Blackhawks game on our network.”
“We’re also excited Jim Blaney will be re-joining our Blackhawks telecasts,” Corno added. “Jim has been a big part of our hockey coverage over the years and his, along with Troy’s, knowledge of the Blackhawks and the NHL will only enhance our pre and post-game coverage.”
More highlights from this season’s Blackhawks schedule on FSN include 12 “late start” games (various mountain and west coast start times beginning at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM or 9:30 PM), three games against Western Conference champion Dallas (Oct. 4, Dec. 12 & Apr. 4), a pair of games against two of the NHL’s top goal scorers, Vancouver’s Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi (Nov. 20 & Jan. 27), a Philadelphia Flyers match-up against former Blackhawks Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte (Feb. 24), along with a contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in what likely will be the final time the Blackhawks will face the legendary Mario Lemieux (Dec. 29).
Three regular season games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Fox Sports Net Plus (see attached schedule). Fox Sports Net Plus (FSN+) telecasts are provided to Fox Sports Net affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Through a cooperative agreement with CLTV, inner market cable operators are given the opportunity to place FSN+ games on CLTV. Cable operators who do not carry CLTV will place FSN+ telecasts on a to-be-determined channel.
Fox Sports Net Chicago reaches more than 3.8 million households in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Fox Sports Net Chicago’s programming includes Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball, Chicago Fire soccer, “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” NASCAR and “54321.” Fox Sports Net Chicago is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.
Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 79 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow’s 50% ownership in Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation’s largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.
2003-2004 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule
|Sat, Sept 27||@ St. Louis |
|Sat. Oct 4||@ Dallas||7:00pm
|Fri, Oct. 10||@ Colorado||8:00pm|
|Thu, Oct. 16||@ Columbus||6:00pm|
|Sat, Oct. 18||@ Atlanta||6:00pm|
|Thu, Oct. 23||@ San Jose||9:30pm|
|Sat, Oct. 25||@ Los Angeles||9:30pm|
|Sun, Oct. 26||@ Anaheim||7:00 pm|
|Tue, Oct. 28||@ Phoenix||8:00 pm|
|Sat, Nov. 1||@ St. Louis||7:00pm|
|Fri, Nov. 7||@ Nashville||7:00pm|
|Mon, Nov. 10||@ Detroit||6:30pm|
|Tue, Nov. 18||@ Edmonton||8:00pm|
|Thu, Nov. 20||@ Vancouver||9:00pm|
|Sat, Nov. 22||@ Calgary||8:00pm|
|Wed, Nov. 26||@ San Jose||9:30pm|
|Fri, Nov. 28||@ Anaheim||3:00pm|
|Sat, Nov. 29||@ Los Angeles||3:00pm|
|Sat, Dec. 6||@ NY Islanders||6:00pm|
|Fri, Dec. 12||@ Dallas||7:30pm|
|Thu, Dec. 18||@ Ottawa||6:30pm|
|Fri, Dec. 19||@ Detroit||6:30pm|
|Mon, Dec. 29||@ Pittsburgh||6:30pm||FSN+|
|Wed, Jan. 7||@ Minnesota||7:00pm||FSN+|
|Mon, Jan. 12||@ St. Louis||7:00pm|
|Wed, Jan. 14||@ Detroit||6:30pm|
|Wed, Jan. 21||@ Minnesota||7:00pm|
|Sat, Jan. 24||@ Columbus||6:00pm|
|Tue, Jan. 27||@ Vancouver||9:00pm|
|Thu, Jan. 29||@ Edmonton||8:00pm|
|Fri, Jan. 30||@ Calgary||9:00pm||FSN+|
|Sun, Feb. 1||@ Montreal||1:00pm|
|Tue, Feb. 3||@ Toronto||6:30pm|
|Tue, Feb. 24||@ Philadelphia||6:00pm|
|Wed, Feb, 25||@ Columbus||6:00pm|
|Mon, March 1||@ Nashville||7:00pm|
|Thu, March 11||@ New Jersey||6:30pm|
|Fri, March 12||@ Washington||6:00pm|
|Tue, March 23||@ Colorado||8:00pm|
|Sat, March 27||@ St. Louis||4:00pm|
|Tue, March 30||@ Nashville||7:00pm|
|Sat, April 3||@ Phoenix||3:00pm|
|Sun, April 4||@ Dallas||2:00pm|
Total 43 games
All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change
All Games are preceded by a half-hour edition of “Blackhawks PRE”
“Blackhawks POST” immediately follows all games
PLEASE NOTE: FSN+ telecasts may be found on CLTV or call 1-877-655-PLUS for channel number