January 8, 2014, KENT (ISN) – ROOT SPORTS and the Western Hockey League (WHL) announced today the 8-game broadcast schedule that will bring LIVE WHL action into 3.4 million homes across five U.S. states during the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season. This is the fifth year of partnership between WHL and ROOT SPORTS.

The Seattle Thunderbirds will have three games broadcast on Root Sports this season. Those games are Friday, February 7, when they host Spokane, Friday, February 21, in Everett, and Friday, March 7, when they travel to Portland.

One of the premier development leagues in the world, the Western Hockey League will showcase the top rated NHL prospects LIVE on ROOT SPORTS. The broadcast schedule will feature all five WHL U.S. based Clubs: Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. WHL on ROOT SPORTS begins Tuesday, January 28 as the Kamloops Blazers will host the Spokane Chiefs at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, BC.

“The Western Hockey League is very pleased to continue our broadcast partnership with Root Sports”, commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Our Friday Night Ice broadcasts on Root Sports allows the WHL to showcase the great rivalries in our U.S. Division with hockey fans throughout the Pacific Northwest and other regions of the United States.”

“The WHL has a very loyal and dedicated fan base. We are pleased to continue our partnership and the opportunity to showcase the league’s talent to our viewers across the Northwest,” stated Mark Jorgensen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of ROOT SPORTS.

The WHL on ROOT SPORTS will continue to feature the play-by-play of Ian Furness with analysis provided by former WHL and NHL player Kevin Sawyer.

The complete ROOT SPORTS 2013-14 WHL telecast schedule is below. Please check with your cable or satellite provider regarding ROOT SPORTS channel information in your area.

2013-14 WHL on ROOT SPORTS Broadcast Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – Spokane at Kamloops, 7pm
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 – Tri-City at Edmonton, 7pm
  • Friday, February 7, 2014 – Spokane at Seattle, 7:35pm
  • Friday, February 14, 2014 – Portland at Kamloops, 7pm
  • Friday, February 21, 2014 – Seattle at Everett, 7:35pm
  • Friday, February 28, 2014 – Tri-City at Everett, 7:35pm
  • Friday, March 7, 2014 – Seattle at Portland, 7:05pm
  • Friday, March 14, 2014 – Tri-City at Spokane, 7:05pm