CALGARY, AB (September 19, 2012) – This fall, Shaw TV and the Western Hockey League are proud to present WHL Full On, an exciting new original series premiering in October, giving viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the drama, superstitions, routines and passion that is life in the Western Hockey League.
Debuting October 29 on Shaw TV stations across Canada, WHL Full On will expose previously unseen aspects of these young player’s lives – the pressures of moving away from home at a young age, the excitement of pursuing their dreams and the drama that unfolds on the ice. Viewers will be given an on- and off-ice glimpse into the lives of the players and personalities that make up the WHL.
“WHL Full On brings viewers up close and personal with the team rivalries, up and coming players, life on the bus and other aspects that make up Canada’s national sport,” said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “Thisis just one of the many programs we’re excited to launch this fall as part of our commitment to delivering quality locally produced content.”
WHL Full On will air three times per week starting October 29 as part of a 10-part series – viewers can watch a preview of the program at http://bit.ly/OaOeR1.
Hockey fans won’t have to wait to get their hockey fix – the WHL kicks off its season tomorrow night with the Kootenay Ice taking on the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7 p.m. on Shaw TV. Viewers can catch 32 games of the regular season on Shaw TV channels across the country.
Complete Shaw TV schedules and channel information are available at www.shaw.ca/shawtv.
About Shaw Communications Inc.:
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
About the Western Hockey League:
The Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey league in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. 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.