June 17, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Shaw Communications have teamed up for the seventh year in a row to bring football fans across the West another exciting weekly TV lineup in 2013, with eight games that feature all six conference schools, along with both Hardy Cup semifinal games.
Each live broadcast can be seen on local Shaw stations, Shaw HD and Shaw Direct 299.
Beginning in Week #1, the first seven weeks of action highlight each Canada West football school and several rivalry match-ups, with an open option to show any game on the season's final weekend as playoff positions are set.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are featured four times in the first seven weeks, with the Manitoba Bisons, UBC Thunderbirds, Regina Rams, Alberta Golden Bears and five-time defending Hardy Cup champion Calgary Dinos each making two appearances.
A big Prairie battle opens the Canada West / Shaw TV schedule when Regina travels to face provincial rival Saskatchewan on Friday, August. 30 at 7:00 p.m. Last season, the Rams used home field advantage to defeat the Huskies in the semifinals and secure a spot in the Hardy Cup final.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Huskies meet another 2012 playoff team as they play the Manitoba Bisons at Winnipeg. In Week #4, the Calgary Dinos have their first TV date of 2013, against Manitoba on Friday, Sept. 20. The Dinos defeated the Bisons in the highest-scoring game in Canada West history, 78-54 on the final day of the regular season last year, and eliminated Manitoba a week later in the a semifinal game at McMahon Stadium.
Mark down Friday, October 4 as a crucial on-air contest between heated rivals Calgary and Saskatchewan, at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. One or both teams have hosted a playoff game every year since 2008 and they finished 1-2 in the standings four straight seasons from 2008 to 2011.
After a "bye" week for all schools, UBC and Alberta kickoff the playoff drive with a game at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 19 and the Oct. 25-26 weekend brings an end to the conference season, where any of three Canada West games – UBC at Calgary, Saskatchewan at Regina or Manitoba at Alberta – could be picked up by Shaw TV.
Both highly anticipated semifinal games, November 1 & 2, will be broadcast live on Shaw TV across Canada. A carrier for the 77th Hardy Cup game on the weekend of Nov. 9 will be confirmed at a later date.
The Canada West champion hosts the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) winner in the Mitchell Bowl on the weekend of Nov. 16 and the CIS 49th Vanier Cup national championship is to be played at Université Laval in Quebec City on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The broadcast crew returns in tact from last season. WHL on Shaw host Andy Neal returns for his second season hosting Krown Produce Canada West Football on Shaw. Jim Mullin will provide the play-by-play for his 11th consecutive season in Canada West and seventh season with Shaw TV. Former Saskatchewan Huskies quarterback Laurence Nixon is back for his third season at colour commentary, while 2004 Hec Crighton Award winner Jesse Lumsden returns for his second season of colour commentary. Former San Francisco 49er and CFL defensive end Daved Benefield returns for his fourth year of analysis.
This season, Krown Produce Canada West Countdown will debut as a 30-minute pregame show, hosted by Ryan Sullivan and Andrew Wadden. It's the third season of the CIS football show. Countdown will feature a Coast-to-Coast Highlight Reel, panel discussion and more. For those of you who want their CIS news earlier, Krown Produce CIS Coast-to-Coast will be available online every Wednesday night and on Shaw TV Vancouver.