HARTFORD, December 5, 2011:  Whalers Sports & Entertainment (WSE) announced today the launch of a partnership with CPTV Sports that will see 18 Connecticut Whale games this season carried on the 24/7 public TV sports network.

CT WhaleThe games will air on a tape-delayed basis, with a “CT Whale Game of the Week” showing every Tuesday night, selected from the previous weekend’s action and edited down to 90 minutes.  Airing times of the games may vary;  viewers should check with CTWhale.com for exact airing times.

CPTV Sports, formerly the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN), is Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school sports, college match-ups, professional sports competitions and more.

Launched on November 1, CPTV Sports is available on Comcast cable channels 185, 187 and 744 and on the Cox Communications cable system channel 144.

Combined with the “Whale TV” package of five live telecasts on WCCT-TV, this CPTV Sports schedule brings the total number of Whale telecast exposures for the 2011-12 season to 23.

“We believe that CPTV Sports is an exciting venture with great potential,” said Mark Willand, WSE senior vice-president of business operations.  “Although we are beginning this partnership with the re-broadcast games, we are confident that our collaboration will expand to include live games in the years ahead.”

According to WSE President and COO Howard Baldwin, Jr.: “Via ‘Whale TV’ and our other media properties, we will continue to expand the distribution of exciting CT Whale hockey action to our fans throughout greater Hartford and beyond.  Since last season, we have added a 50,000-watt radio partner (“The Rock”, 106.9 WCCC-FM), five live TV games (WCCT-TV), hundreds of videos to our extensive video library (accessible through the Whale’s official website, www.ctwhale.com) and now 18 re-broadcast games on CPTV Sports.  Taken as a whole, our lineup of media properties is one of the most extensive in the American Hockey League.”

The first CT Whale Game of the Week telecast on CPTV Sports is slated for this Tuesday, December 6.  That will be a replay of the Whale’s home game against the Binghamton Senators on December 4.

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The entirety of the Whale CPTV Sports schedule is as follows (selection of which game to replay is subject to change):

December 6     vs. Binghamton Senators        (replay from December 4)

December 13   vs. Hershey Bears                  (replay from December 9)

December 20   vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers   (replay from December 16)

December 27   vs. Adirondack Phantoms       (replay from December 21)

January 3        vs. Springfield Falcons           (replay from December 31)

January 10       vs. Springfield Falcons           (replay from January 7)

January 17       Classic Game – 1976, New England Whalers vs. Soviet National Team

January 24       vs. St. John’s IceCaps            (replay from January 20)

January 31       vs. W-B/Scranton Penguins    (replay from January 27)

February 7       vs. Albany Devils                   (replay from February 3)

February 14     at Springfield Falcons            (replay from February 10)

February 21     vs. Worcester Sharks             (replay from February 18)

February 28     vs. Portland Pirates                (replay from February 24)

March 6           Classic Game – 2011 Harvest-Properties.com “Whale Bowl”

March 13         vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers   (replay from March 9)

March 20         vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers   (replay from March 16)

March 27         vs. Portland Pirates                (replay from March 23)

April 3             vs. W-B/Scranton Penguins    (replay from March 30)

April 10           vs. Manchester Monarchs       (replay from April 6)

April 17           vs. Manchester Monarchs       (replay from April 13)

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today