Leafs Nation Network
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|Broadcast area||Ontario; excluding the Ottawa Valley|
|Slogan||Official Station, Leafs Nation|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Owner||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
(Toronto Maple Leafs Network Ltd.)
|Sister channels||NBA TV Canada|
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Former names||Leafs TV|
|Website||Leafs Nation Network|
|Rogers||Channel 97 (SD)|
Channel 493 (HD)
|Available on many Ontario cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Satellite TV||Channel 422 (SD)|
Channel 1422 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 466 (Classic)|
Channel 134 (Advanced)
|VMedia||Channel 97 (SD)|
Leafs Nation Network (formerly Leafs TV) is a Canadian English language Category B regional specialty channel owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Leafs Nation Network broadcasts programming related to the Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League club and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
In November 2000, MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Maple Leaf Channel, described as "a regional English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Programming was to include historical events, profiles of players, panel and call-in shows, classic Maple Leaf hockey games, interviews with Maple Leaf players, coaches and management, statistics, insights and analysis of the current hockey scene from a Maple Leaf perspective, and information as to the purchase of merchandise, tickets and collectibles. There was also to be a small amount of programming related to general hockey matters, including minor hockey league hockey and hockey instruction." The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Leafs TV. The channel was valued at $19 million on behalf of the CRTC in 2012.
From the channel's launch until the 2014–15 season, the Leafs retained a small number of regional telecasts for broadcast on Leafs TV, typically around 12 games per season. That changed going into the 2014–15 NHL season when regional rights formerly held by the channel went to Sportsnet Ontario and TSN4.
On October 7, 2017, Leafs TV was renamed the Leafs Nation Network and re-launched as a multi-platform iteration of Leafs TV with a more robust programming slate than the former network, delivering content via TV, MapleLeafs.com and the team mobile app. Programming is a mix of Maple Leafs fan focused features; original series with beyond the ice Leafs stories; and game day analysis, updates and team coverage.
Programming on Leafs Leafs Nation Network includes re-airings of recent and past games (both in entirety, and edited), pre- and post-game shows, biographies of players and other personalities and other related programming.
Leafs Nation Network broadcasts all Toronto Marlies home games. The channel broadcast the 2014 Calder Cup Finals between the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars AHL team) and the St. John's Ice Caps (Winnipeg Jets AHL team) which simulcasted in the U.S. on NHL Network.
- Bob McGill - Former Leafs Defenceman and current Leafs Nation Network reporter
- Joe Bowen - Toronto Maple Leafs play-by-play voice
- Todd Crocker - Toronto Marlies play-by-play voice
- Mark Osborne - Toronto Maple Leafs analyst
- Greg Millen - Toronto Maple Leafs colour analyst
- Harry Neale - Toronto Maple Leafs analyst
Leafs Nation Network HD
In November 2006 Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. launched an HD simulcast of Leafs TV. Originally, the channel was only available during live Maple Leafs' games that broadcast in HD; however, in June 2011, the channel began broadcasting on a full-time basis. Despite being a full-time feed, Leafs Nation Network pregames, post-games and live Leafs are only carried on satellite providers such as Bell Satellite TV and Shaw Direct.
- Decision CRTC 2000-626 CRTC 2000-12-14
- Leafs TV partners with Rogers, Cogeco to air in September Toronto Maple Leafs press release 2001-08-21
- Record Audiences Tuning In To Leafs TV Toronto Maple Leafs press release 2011-03-09
- "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-443". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2015-09-03.