Western Hockey League and Access Communications Announce New Broadcast Partnership

The Western Hockey League (WHL) and Access Communications are proud to announce a three-year broadcast agreement commencing this year and through the 2018-19 WHL season. The WHL and Access are committed to providing local hockey coverage throughout the province of Saskatchewan. If you love hockey, you’ll love the WHL on Access7!

“As a 100% community-owned company Access understands the importance of staying connected to our communities and to local events,” said Jim Deane, CEO, Access Communications Co-operative. “Our coverage of the 2015-16 WHL season and playoffs drew more than 12,500 households.”

“The WHL is excited to partner with Access to ensure WHL hockey is aired regularly in Regina and to more fans in Saskatchewan than ever before,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We would like to thank Shaw, the WHL’s official regional cable broadcast partner, for their support in making this new partnership a reality.”

In partnership with the WHL’s regional community cable broadcast partner Shaw Communications, Access7 will be broadcasting a minimum 40 WHL regular season games in the 2016-17 season across Saskatchewan, of which at least 10 will feature the Regina Pats. In addition, broadcasted games will feature all six of the WHL’s East Division teams including all five Saskatchewan-based clubs. Games will be available on Access channels 7 or 70 (depending on the community).

“We are delighted to successfully partner with the Western Hockey League,” commented Wade Peterson, Community Programming Manager, Access Communications. “The Access7 broadcasts have provided the WHL with outstanding exposure throughout Saskatchewan and have allowed fans to follow the WHL throughout the regular season and entire playoffs.”

Upcoming WHL on Access7 Schedule

Swift Current Broncos Regina Pats Friday, Dec 9 7:00 PM
Regina Pats Moose Jaw Warriors Friday, Dec 16 7:00 PM
Calgary Hitmen Regina Pats Friday, Jan 6 7:00 PM
Regina Pats Swift Current Broncos Saturday, Jan 21 7:00 PM
Edmonton Oil Kings Regina Pats Saturday, Feb 4 7:00 PM
Regina Pats Moose Jaw Warriors Friday, Feb 18 7:00 PM
Medicine Hat Tigers Regina Pats Friday, Mar 3 7:00 PM
Regina Pats Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday, Mar 11 7:00 PM
Regina Pats Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday, Mar 18 6:30 PM

Additionally, Access will air many more WHL regular season and playoff games through its partnership with the WHL and Shaw. The complete WHL on Shaw schedule can be found at www.WHL.ca/Broadcast.

For more information on the WHL on Access or other Access programs, please visit www.MyAccess.ca/Access7.

About Access Communications
Access7 is Saskatchewan’s community channel, and an essential addition to any Saskatchewan sports fan’s lineup. Access7 offers incredible access to local options such as WHL, WMBL, U Sports and CJFL.

Access Communications is a 100% Saskatchewan-owned non-profit co-operative that is committed to providing exceptional communications and entertainment services. We are proud to be part of the communities we live in, reinvesting 100% of our earnings into the 230 Saskatchewan communities we serve.

About the Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League consists of 22 member Clubs based in Canadian markets, covering all four Western Canadian provinces with five based in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The WHL is a leading supplier to the NHL, Canadian national team programs and Canadian university hockey at the U Sports level. The WHL continues to be a world leader in player development and is fully committed to providing players the opportunity to achieve both their hockey and academic goals through the fully-guaranteed WHL Scholarship program.

For more information contact:

Tracey Mucha
Marketing Co-ordinator, Communications Officer
Access Communications Co-operative
(o)  306-565-5352
Email:  tracey.mucha@myaccess.coop

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