CCHA Finalizes Television Deal

The CCHA has finalized a television schedule with FOX Sports Net for the 2000-01 season. The package features three Michigan-Michigan State contests as part of the 18-game schedule, as well as coverage of the Great Lakes Invitational and four CCHA Tournament games, including the CCHA Championship from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.


The 2000-01 schedule kicks off just before the first of the year with the 36th Annual Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena. This season’s GLI includes current No. 1 Michigan State, No. 2 Boston College and No. 5 Michigan. Host Michigan Tech rounds out the field.

Coverage of the regular season kicks off Sunday, January 7 as Lake Superior travels into Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. It is the first of 10 regular-season games that features eight of the 12 member schools.

In March, Fox Sports will carry the “Road to the Joe” beginning with quarterfinal coverage from a campus site followed by both semifinal games and the championship on March 16-17 at Joe Louis Arena.

Josh Lewin, the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Net, and Ken Daniels, who does play-by-play for the Detroit Red Wings on Fox, will pair up with color analyst Fred Pletsch for the broadcasts. Pletsch, who worked a partial schedule for the CCHA last season, has been doing radio for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators for the past three seasons. Shireen Saski and Jim Blaney will be the rinkside reporters.

In addition to his Game of the Week duties, Daniels will also host “CCHA Weekly,” a 30-minute magazine, that will provide in-depth coverage of the league. The show begins its 10-week run on January 13 and runs through March 17.