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SPANNING THE GLOBE

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Two Grand Rapids Griffins games are among up to 15 American Hockey League contests scheduled to air live on XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada this month, the league announced on Tuesday. All games will air on XM's all-hockey Home Ice channel 204.

XM, which recently carried the 2006 AHL All-Star Game from Winnipeg, will begin its coverage of regular season AHL action tonight at 7 with a battle between Grand Rapids and the Manitoba Moose, the top two teams in the North Division. The Griffins’ road game against the Cleveland Barons this Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:05 p.m. will also be available. Both games will feature the broadcasts of Grand Rapids’ opponents, with CJOB’s Kelly Moore providing tonight’s play-by-play and Cleveland’s Jamie Smock pulling duty on Thursday.

On Wednesday, XM picks up the AHL's Battle of Ontario as the Toronto Marlies visit the Hamilton Bulldogs (7:30 p.m.), and Friday, it's a rematch of the 2005 Calder Cup Final when Philadelphia hosts Chicago at the Wachovia Center (7:05 p.m.). On Saturday, the Manchester Monarchs visit a fellow Eastern Conference power, the Hershey Bears (7 p.m.). Future broadcasts will be announced at a later date.

Canadian Satellite Radio Inc. offers its satellite radio service and operates under the XM Canada brand. XM Canada has an exclusive Canadian license from XM Satellite Radio, the United States’ leading satellite radio service with more than six million subscribers. XM’s Home Ice all-hockey talk channel (channel 204) provides XM subscribers with groundbreaking hockey talk as well as live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 National Hockey League games per season. XM will become the exclusive satellite radio broadcaster of NHL games starting after next season. Hockey fans from across North America can also tune into Home Ice for expert commentary by NHL legends Phil Esposito, Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy and from well-known analysts and broadcasters such as Bill Clement and Darren Pang.