And the #1 NHL Player is…Sixth-Annual TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS airs Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET

— September 30, 2015

– Host James Duthie, analysts Aaron Ward and Jeff O’Neill, and TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button are in the TSN Studio for the network’s signature annual player ranking –

TORONTO (September 30, 2015) – Bragging rights are on the line as TSN reveals the best NHL players from across the league in the sixth-annual TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS, airing tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 30) at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN. Host James Duthie is in the TSN Studio alongside analysts Aaron Ward and Jeff O’Neill and TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button to count down the top goalies, defencemen, and forwards in the NHL – as determined by a selection of TSN experts and NHL GMs. TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS also features a segment with the Ottawa Senators’ Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson, who reveals his choices for the Top 5 players in the league. Key Storylines In the lead-up to the 2015 edition of TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS, here are some key storylines to watch out for:
  • Sidney Crosby has been named the #1 player for five straight years – will he earn the honour for a sixth consecutive season?
  • Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have not played a regular season NHL game – will the 2015 NHL Draft first and second overall picks make this year’s list?
  • Louis Blues captain David Backes was named No. 51 last year – who will the first runner-up be this year?
  • Last year Phil Kessel was #38 on the Top 50 list – will the Toronto Maple Leafs be represented this year?

Top 50 players WATCH: Are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel worthy of being in TSN HOCKEY’s TOP 50 PLAYERS? will feature the full Top 50 list, as well as bonus video and a breakdown of the ranking from TSN Hockey Senior Reporter Frank Seravalli. TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS is part of TSN’s slate of fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. Along with TSN HOCKEY’S TOP 50 PLAYERS, TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING. Hockey on TSN TSN broadcasts live coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers 26 Leafs games available in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4, 54 Senators games in the Senators’ designated broadcast region on TSN5, and 60 Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3. TSN is also the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events such as the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada. TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.

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