PORTLAND-EDMONTON MATCHUP AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEFINITION TO OVER 3.4 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS
Calgary, AB. – The Western Hockey League (WHL) announced today that ROOT SPORTS will carry the 2014 WHL Championship Series, presented by Kal Tire between the WHL Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks and the WHL Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. The telecasts will be produced by SHAW Communications and have been provided by the WHL to ROOT SPORTS to expand the reach of the final season series to the network’s more than 3.4 million homes across the Pacific Northwest.
The Winterhawks and Oil Kings will now face off in a best-of-seven series for the chance to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup and earn a berth to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in London, Ontario, where they will join OHL and QMJHL Champions.
About ROOT SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Seattle University Redhawks and Big Sky Conference. The network reaches 3.4 million households across five states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition
About the WHL
The Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey League in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Five WHL Clubs are based in the Pacific Northwest and play in the WHL U.S. Division: Everett Silvertips; Portland Winter Hawks; Seattle Thunderbirds; Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. The WHL attracts over 4 million spectators each season to regular season and playoff games and is a world leader in player development and scholarship opportunities. Each season the WHL is one of the top Leagues from which players are selected from in the NHL Entry Draft. Currently over 20% of all NHL players are graduates of the WHL. The WHL is also a leading provider of post-secondary scholarships with over 400 scholarships awarded each year to current and graduate WHL players, more than any other League in North America. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (together with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) which consists of 60 member Clubs from coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States.