TORONTO (June 23, 2014) – It’s a week that changes the lives of the top prospects in basketball and hockey. As future stars prepare to make the big leap to the professional ranks, TSN’s Draft Week delivers wall-to-wall coverage of both the NHL and NBA Entry Drafts, highlighted by exclusive live coverage of both events. The 2014 NBA DRAFT airs on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN (live coverage moves to TSN2 at 8 p.m. ET), while the 2014 NHL DRAFT airs Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN.
TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the 2014 NBA DRAFT and 2014 NHL DRAFT is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.
TSN’s Draft Week puts the spotlight on CHL standouts Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, and Leon Draisaitl, as well as Canadian college hoops phenoms Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis, and Nik Stauskas.
Highlights of TSN’s Draft Week coverage are listed below (visit TSN.ca for more details).
2014 NBA DRAFT on TSN
- On-site at Barclays Center in Brooklyn: TSN complements its exclusive live coverage with Canadian news updates throughout the evening, with Kate Beirness joined by analyst Leo Rautins, with breaking news updates from reporter Matthew Scianitti.
- On–site at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto: TSN basketball analyst Jack Armstrong covers the Toronto Raptors on draft night with live reports from the ACC, including news updates and interviews with Raptors team officials.
- THE CANADIAN REVOLUTION: airing as part of SPORTCENTRE the evening of the 2014 NBA DRAFT, this TSN Original feature chronicles the rise of this year’s rich collection of Canadian talent, and includes interviews with Canadian prospects Wiggins, Ennis, and Stauskas.
- CABBIE PRESENTS: Cabral “Cabbie” Richards is on-site at the Barclays Center to conduct interviews with this year’s draftees, highlighted by one-on-ones with Wiggins and Ennis, who discuss what the NBA Draft means to them.
- DAVE NAYLOR INTERVIEWS VINCE CARTER: The TSN Radio host sits down with the Toronto Raptors legend to discuss the growth of basketball north of the border since Carter made his debut with the team in 1998.
- BRUCE ARTHUR ON BASKETBALL IN CANADA: The Toronto Star columnist and panelist on TSN’s THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE contributes his perspective on the historic nature of the 2014 NBA DRAFT.
2014 NHL DRAFT on TSN
- On-site at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia:
- Host James Duthie is on the Draft stage interviewing GMs and players following their selection.
- Gord Miller hosts TSN’s Draft Panel featuring Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button and analyst Pierre McGuire.
- Hockey Insider Darren Dreger gives the latest on breaking trades from the Draft floor while reporter Ryan Rishaug follows the prospects as they wait to hear their names called.
All TSN Radio stations are live and on location in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL DRAFT, delivering live coverage and a focus on their local market. In addition, NBC Sports Network airs TSN’s 2014 NHL DRAFT coverage in the United States. French-language coverage of the 2014 NHL DRAFT is available on RDS.
- BOB MCKENZIE’S DRAFT RANKING SPECIAL (Monday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN): Alongside host James Duthie, Draft Expert Bob McKenzie releases his final list of the consensus Top 30 ranked players heading into the NHL Draft.
- NHL ON TSN: MOCK DRAFT (Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN): TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button plays the role of the NHL’s 30 General Managers, completing a mock draft of the first round, making all 30 picks.
- NHL ON TSN COUNTDOWN TO THE NHL DRAFT (Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2): James Duthie hosts this 30-minute countdown special live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and is joined by Draft ExpertBob McKenzie, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button, Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, and reporter Ryan Rishaug.
- PLAYING TO LOSE (Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN): Fronted by Michael Farber, this 30-minute TSN Original documentary revisits the events leading up to the 1984 NHL Draft, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins altered the course of their franchise by securing the #1 overall pick and the right to select Mario Lemieux – but did they deliberately lose to secure the top pick?