No TV or radio deal for Abbotsford Canucks … yet

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Teams in the AHL don’t often get much play on TV, but they usually have a radio broadcast. Will the Abby Canucks?

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Patrick Johnston

From left: Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun and Canucks GM and Jim Benning surrounded by kids at the announcement for the new Vancouver Canucks’ farm team name: Abbotsford Canucks. Photo by Jeff Vinnick /Submitted photo

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It’s a pretty simple question: Will fans who aren’t sitting in the Abbotsford Centre watching the Abbotsford Canucks play be able to follow the game action live, like they would with the NHL team?

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A Canucks spokesperson told Postmedia on Wednesday that the team hoped to have some games broadcast by a conventional TV station, but no arrangements have been made as of yet.

“Likely we’ll have some games but not all,” they said, adding that games will definitely be available through the AHL TV streaming service.

But Sportsnet Pacific, which holds the regional rights for the NHL Canucks through 2023, won’t be airing the farm team.

“As Sportsnet does not hold any AHL broadcast rights, we will not be airing Abbotsford Canucks games this upcoming season,” Meghann Cox, Sportsnet’s senior manager of communications, said in an email.

TSN has aired some Toronto Marlies AHL games in the past, but it’s unlikely that the Canucks would enter into a broadcast deal with…

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