College Sports Television (CSTV), home of the first-ever college hockey national game of the week package, has unveiled its second half Friday Night Hockey schedule. It includes the first-ever live national telecast of the women’s NCAA Frozen Four, as well as the CHA and ECAC men’s tournament championships games.
CSTV currently reaches 15 million households, on cable and DirecTV satellite (Ch. 610). The company is negotiating to add more cable systems to its lineup, and is also in the midst of an aggressive petition drive, reaching out to college hockey fans for support in encouraging the cable systems to carry the channel. The company is hoping to reach 100,000 signatures.
Play-by-play duties for Friday Night Hockey are shared by Steve Schlanger, Eric Frede and Kenny Albert, while Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team, rotates analyst duties with Dave Starman and Billy Jaffe.
CSTV’s Friday Night Hockey coverage extends to its CSTV Primetime (a 30-minute lead-in program) and CSTV Scoreboard live studio shows originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York City, as well original programs such as Coach, which profiles the greatest coaches across all of college sports. The premiere episode of Coach profiled 1980 “Miracle on Ice” coach Herb Brooks last month, while Boston University’s Jack Parker, the winningest active Division I hockey coach, will be featured on Coach in January 2004.
Remaining CSTV Friday Night Hockey Schedule
(All times 8 p.m. Eastern, unless noted)
Friday, Nov. 14 — Michigan @ Ohio State
Friday, Nov. 21 — Providence @ Boston College
Friday, Nov. 28 — Massachusetts @ Nebraska-Omaha
Friday, Dec. 5 — Boston University @ Boston College
Friday, Dec. 12 — Harvard @ Minnesota-Duluth (women’s)
Friday, Dec. 19 — Denver @ Minnesota State
Saturday, Dec. 27 — Everblades Classic, Cornell vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 27 — Everblades Classic, Maine vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28 — Everblades Classic Championship, 4 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9 — Cornell @ Harvard
Friday, Jan. 16 — Air Force @ Army
Friday, Jan. 23 — Michigan State @ Ohio State
Friday, Jan. 30 — New Hampshire @ Maine
Friday, Feb. 6 — Harvard @ Yale
Friday, Feb. 6 — Michigan @ Alaska-Fairbanks, 11 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13 — Colorado College @ North Dakota
Friday, Feb. 20 — Minnesota-Duluth @ Colorado College
Friday, Feb. 27 — Michigan @ Notre Dame
Friday, March 5 — Michigan @ Michigan State
Sunday, March 14 — College Hockey America Championship
Saturday, March 20 — ECAC Championship, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 26 — NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, Semifinal, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 26 — NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, Semifinal
Sunday, March 28 — NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, Championship Game, 4 p.m.