– New eight-part documentary series follows the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades on the road to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup –

– Explores the season-long trials and tribulations of management, coaches and players on their quest to becoming Canadian Hockey League champs –

– First episode premieres Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West; encore presentation on Citytv Saskatchewan, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. CT –

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TORONTO (November 22, 2012) Sportsnet today announced the broadcast details surrounding the new original documentary series On the Edge: The Road to the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Commissioned by Sportsnet and produced by Fadoo Productions, the eight-part series provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the intense world of Canadian junior hockey, following the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades on their journey to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The first one-hour episode premieres Friday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West with encore broadcasts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific, and on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. CT on Citytv Saskatchewan.

As host team for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Saskatoon Blades already have a guaranteed spot in this season’s tournament, which will also include the champions of the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. On the Edge: The Road to the MasterCard Memorial Cup gets up-close-and-personal with the management, coaches and players of the Blades’ organization on their season-long journey to the greatest championship in junior hockey.

Main characters in the documentary include head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken, owner Jack Brodsky, first round 2011 NHL draft pick Duncan Siemens, second round 2012 NHL draft picks Lukas Sutter and Dalton Thrower, and overage captain Brendan Walker.

In the series premiere, viewers are introduced to the management and players of the 2012-13 Saskatoon Blades. A team built around veterans, it is a group of three 20-year-old players that feel the most pressure to perform in a year that guarantees a Memorial Cup appearance. After a bad start to the season that includes a blowout loss at home, coach Molleken is forced to make a bold move to shake up the team.

For media who would like to see an advance copy for the premiere episode, please email . Broadcast schedule for future episodes to be announced at a later date.

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About Fadoo Productions:
Fadoo Productions is an original content production company, specializing in series and documentary programming. Simply put, the goal is to tell great stories. Whether it’s sports, series or reality programming, the mandate is to create and develop content to engage viewers on multiple platforms. Fadoo Productions is based in Toronto and was founded by sports radio broadcaster Bob McCown and television executive Corey Russell.

About Sportsnet
Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Mobile. Sportsnet is Fuelled By Fans, and delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level.  The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet,, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and the Hockey Central app on iPad and Playbook.  Sportsnet is the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB television broadcasts and is home to 162 Toronto Blue Jays games, plus MLB Playoffs and the World Series.  Sportsnet is an official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also offers an exciting sports lineup including the NFL, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, the Memorial Cup, and soccer programming with UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Canadian national team matches for men and women.  Connected is the network’s nightly news program, providing regional and national coverage of the day’s events in the world of sports.

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