This week’s 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg offers up North America’s premier hockey action of the top hockey players in the American Hockey League and XM Satellite Radio is excited to simulcast the AHL All-Star Game on the Home Ice channel (204) on February 1 to fans across Canada and the U.S.
“The 2006 AHL All-Star Classic is another great showcase game for Home Ice and XM Satellite Radio,” said Joe Thistel, Program Director Sports and News for XM Canada. “It gives us another chance to bring hockey fans closer to the game and its star power, at all levels.”
The exclusive satellite radio programming will start early on XM, with an all-star lineup of guests on Home Ice in the lead-up to the big game. In addition to interviews with AHL President and CEO David Andrews and the two All-Star Classic coaches, John Stevens and Joe Mullen, the Home Ice team will interview goaltending legend Johnny Bower, who is being inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame. The celebrations will peak with the February 1 Home Ice simulcast of the All-Star Game from Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.
“We are very proud of the hockey coverage we have been able to provide our Home Ice Channel listeners since our launch last year,” said Thistel. “The recent Mark Messier retirement ceremony, the ECHL All-Star Game, and now the AHL All-Star Classic – it’s all a part of our continued effort to bring all things hockey to our listening audience.”
XM’s Home Ice all-hockey talk channel provides XM subscribers with groundbreaking hockey talk as well as live, play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 National Hockey League games per season and more than 40 games per week. Hockey fans from across North America tune in daily to Home Ice for expert analysis and commentary from NHL legends Phil Esposito, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Bill Clement, Darren Pang and Gary Green as well as well-known broadcasters Jim Tatti, Scott Laughlin, Cameron Stewart and Todd Lewis. XM becomes the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of NHL games starting after next season.