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Oiler fans mad over CBC snub

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is leaving some Oilers fans feeling snubbed after the release of its broadcast schedule for the upcoming hockey season.

This time around, the broadcast company will only show 13 of the Edmonton Oilers' 82 games, the second-lowest number of games of any Canadian team.

“It's disappointing that they would televise so few. It's Hockey Night in Canada and it should be equal,” said Janice May.

Other fans think with the team's potential, they should be a bigger draw on the tube.

“Why?” questioned Kyrstie Green. “They've got a good team this year. They've made some changes.”

Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary will have a total of 42 games broadcast by HNIC, whereas Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg have 96 games on the schedule.

Conor Gillen, manager of the pub Hudsons on Whyte, figures his business won't miss much action this year, and doesn't expect other pubs and bars will either.

He said they usually get “all, or at least 95 per cent” of NHL games with their Centre Ice package.

Gillen did admit it would be disappointing if they weren't able to broadcast some weekend games, but said they'd find a way around it.

The CBC said NHL scheduling is to blame.

“CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is broadcasting all games involving Canadian teams on Saturday nights during the regular season,” CBC told Metro in a statement. “This year the Flames and Oilers are playing more non-Saturday dates.”

With files from heather mcintyre

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