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TSN stays with Telus Cup over NHL playoff game, Internet freaks out

- April 27th, 2014

TSN, who is likely contractually obligated to show the Telus Cup from beginning to end, met its worst-case scenario when the national midget championship turned into a marathon.

It took the Price Albert Mintos until the end of the third overtime on Sunday to defeat the Grenadiers de Chateauguay, 4-3, and capture the Cup on TSN2.

That’s a long game, and a great story, but Game 6 of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series was also underway. Clearly TSN didn’t anticipate the tournament’s final to evolve into the equivalent of nearly two hockey games.

Although the words “Telus” and “Cup” entered thousands of untapped minds, 99% of the attention the game garnered — at least online — appeared to be negative.

Seeing as TSN’s hands were probably tied, you can’t really blame them. And they did the right thing by redirecting folks to their website to watch the western NHL game.

But, man, talk about a tough sell…

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9 comments

  1. Andy | April 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    it’s the first round….BFD!

  2. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat | April 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Uh, Andy, are you in Canada?
    I wouldn’t guess it by your response… just sayin’

  3. lesley | April 28, 2014 at 3:22 am

    what happened in sunday match is Grenadiers de Chateauguay defeated?

  4. Proud Canadian | April 28, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Whaaaaaat I am Canadian and I agree with Andy, a first round NHL playoff game or the overtime of the National Midget Championship game, some of these players will be in the NHL soon. TSN did the right thing morally and legally.

  5. Beverley Scott | April 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    These kids play ONCE in a lifetime for the Telus Cup. Please, lets give them their ONE day. The NHL will live on forever and neither Dallas or Anaheim could care less as they are still getting paid BIG time.

  6. melvin simmonds | April 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    so what|||||, I would rather watch minor hockey anyway, at least THEY really put their hearts into it.

  7. George | April 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

    give me a break. No need to dis respect the Telus cup. These are the future of the NHL let them have their due

  8. TwoLips22 | April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Let’s be honest here, the real travesty was showing the Raptors game on TSN! As for the Telus Cup being shown till the end, those kids worked all year to make the National Championship game and deserved to have it all shown. Should’ve bumped the Raptors to TSN.ca and had the NHL on TSN and Telus Cup on TSN2 but obviously contractual obligations won out. In the end, not that big of a deal.

  9. Rex | April 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    “99% of the attention the game garnered — at least online — appeared to be negative.” If you’d even bothered to do a basic Twitter search, you’d see that most of the tweets were positive, congratulating the Mintos on the win. It’s only the minority of hockey “fans” that would rather watch a rather irrelevant NHL playoff series over grass roots Canadian hockey.

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