FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2010CHL AND WHL OFFICIALLY LAUNCH LARGEST CANADIAN SPORTS ONLINE NETWORK
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today unveiled its brand new online network complete with 64 revamped league and team websites producing the largest ever Canadian sports online network launch.
All 60 CHL team websites in addition to league sites including chl.ca, www.whl.ca , ontariohockeyleague.com, and lhjmq.qc.ca have been redesigned just in time for the 2010-11 season which opens Thursday night when the defending QMJHL champions the Moncton Wildcats host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
“The Canadian Hockey League is excited to deliver the largest Canadian sports online network ever, allowing CHL fans everywhere the ability to easily access information on the best development league in the world,” said CHL President David Branch. “Our partners at MRX have done a terrific job of working with our leagues and teams to develop new sites with fresh platforms to provide new and exciting content that will deliver increased value to our fans.”
The launch provides a more streamlined set of websites with improved navigation, emphasis on social networking, and consistent advertising opportunities for national and league sponsor recognition. All sites will feature a redesigned schedule and live scoring console making it easy for fans to follow their favourite teams and purchase tickets to any game. Sites will also feature larger news readers, photo galleries, and video players with the ability for leagues and teams to easily share content across all 64 websites. All three regional leagues will now be using the same online scorekeeping and stats system through Leaguestat.com which will provide consistency across the entire CHL.
“We are very excited to finally launch the CHL network and unveil the 64 revamped league and team websites,” said David Watkins, MRX’s Vice President, Digital Business. “We trust that CHL fans will enjoy the brighter, cleaner, less cluttered, and more integrated sites that their favourite teams have designed, and we are thrilled to help grow the CHL audience and engage the fans to explore the network more deeply and visit more frequently.”The CHL network joins professional sports leagues such as the NHL, Major League Baseball, and the CFL that have already created similar networks with their clubs.
For information about online advertising opportunities please contact the CHL office at 416-332-9711.