OLN Brings Acclaimed Canadian Mockumentary Series, "The Tournament", to the U.S.

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    Show Follows an Underdog Youth Hockey Team and Their Outrageous Parents

    Stamford, CT (March 27, 2006) - The Tournament, an outrageous six-part comedy shot mockumentary style, chronicles the trials and tribulations of an underdog minor hockey team whose players are all heart and whose parents are all headaches. The show, which debuted in Canada to critical acclaim, follows the small town of Briarside’s Farqueson Funeral Home Warriors as they prepare for the prestigious Atom Tournament in Chateauguay, Quebec. The network will debut The Tournament on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET, following the Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins NHL game. This special series is one of several new hockey-themed programs OLN will be airing as the network concludes the regular NHL season and prepares for wall-to-wall playoff action.

    The Tournament, which does for youth hockey what Best in Show did for dog shows, exposes every kid's mom or dad as the potential "weakest link" - whether it be Barry McConnell (Alain Goulem), who shops his scoring-champ son Robbie (Martin Huismans) to other teams and counts his son's future pro-salary against his investment in him; or divorcée Deb Pishatelli (Kate Greenhouse), whose new "hottie" persona injects jealousy into the already-strained relationship between the various parents; or obsessive team-sponsor Aurora Farqueson (Tracey Hoyt), whose tomboy daughter Denim (Annie Bovaird) is living her mom's vicarious fantasy between the pipes for the Warriors.

    The children, meanwhile, have their own issues to deal with. Among these: Robbie's hidden dream of becoming a jazz dancer, Denim's campaign to avoid wearing a dress, newcomer Kumar Singh’s (Victor Chowdhury) hope that hockey will help him fit in, and Anthony Pishatelli's (Ryan Tilson) nervous condition, precipitated by his parents' divorce, that sees him compulsively vomit before, and often during, games. Add to that a sexy young French coach (an emergency replacement after the old coach is laid low from ill-health), and a stew of personality conflicts bubble up that, by the end of the series, may or may not morph into that elusive locker-room element called "chemistry." Former NHLer Phil Esposito also makes a hilarious guest appearance.

    The six episodes of The Tournament will follow NHL games on OLN. Complete schedule below (subject to change):

    Monday, April 10 10 p.m. ET Episode 1 Following Washington at Boston (7 p.m. ET start)
    Tuesday, April 11
    10 p.m. ET
    10:30 p.m. ET Episode 2
    Episode 3 Following Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET start)

    Tuesday, April 18

    10 p.m. ET
    10:30 p.m. ET
    11 p.m. ET Episode 4
    Episode 5
    Episode 6 Following Buffalo at Carolina (7 p.m. ET start)




    Created by Howard Busgang (ABC’s Boy Meets World) and writers Marty Putz and Wendy Hopkins (Comedy Central’s Nature Boy and American Freak), the series was produced by Adjacent 2 Entertainment, a company formed by Busgang, along with the Montréal International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs’, founder Gilbert Rozon, C.O.O. Bruce Hills and Andy Nulman, and previously aired on Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC. The Tournament was nominated for three Gemini Awards (Canadian Television Awards), including Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series.

    Throughout the season, OLN has provided exclusive national coverage of the most intense NHL rivalries every Monday and Tuesday night. In total, the network will present 58 regular-season games, wall-to-wall playoff action, and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

    OLN is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 63 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
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  2. Roughneck

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    "Girl!? Who you calling a girl McLean!? How about I shove my goalie skate up your *** then we'll see who you call a girl!"

    They need to re-run this show again soon, boy it was great.
     
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    I guess that I wasn't the only one who liked that show.
     
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    meh, I thought it was terrible.
     
  5. The episode with Phil Esposito is a must see.

    When Barry McConnell tries to give Phil a Robbie McConnell hockey card and starts raving about his son's scoring exploits Espo says "maybe some day he will make the NHL." This sends Barry into raving lunatic mode: "Maybe, He scored (however many) goals last season as an 11 year old, and HED didn't HAVE Bobby Orr's coattails to RIDE!" Espo responds by showing his strategically placed Stanley cup rings.
     
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    Isn't there a 2nd season or somethin?
     
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    I see that the Ontario Life Network is living up to the hype
     
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    Any hockey-related programming on US networks is a good thing. However good or bad this show is, at least OLN is trying.
     
  9. There is a second season. It was too over the top and not as funny as the first season.
     
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