Darien and New Canaan ice hockey always packs the Darien Ice Rink — as seen in this shot from one of last year's clashes between the longtime rivals. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo

This week on HAN: Ice hockey and hoops

Darien and New Canaan put their rivalry on ice and boys basketball makes its 2016-17 debut while Kate keeps you up to date on the headlines

It’s “vacation week” in Connecticut but we’re not going to miss any news or Darien-New Canaan matchups. And we’ll get the treat of a crosstown Norwalk boys basketball showdown on Wednesday.

We hope you had a good Christmas and/or are having a good Hanukah. And while we’ll feature an abbreviated “vacation week” broadcast schedule this final week of 2016, it’s packed full of top-notch Connecticut sports and news.

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All of our studio shows but Coffee Break are off this week: Nutmeg Sports, The Drive, CT Pulse, Yankee Fisherman and HAN Arts & Leisure but you can find past episodes by clicking on the show names. But here’s the live programming planned for the week of Monday, Dec. 26, 2016:

Live Connecticut Sports: Our biggest broadcast in the 16-month history of HAN Network featured Darien and New Canaan’s undefeated football teams in the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving morning. The schools’ boys ice hockey teams take Connecticut’s biggest rivalry to the ice this week — and boys basketball makes its 2016-17 debut with a holiday tournament doubleheader:

Boys Ice Hockey: Darien (0-2-0) at New Canaan (2-0-0) Click here to watch on-demand

Boys Basketball: Norwalk takes on Brien McMahon in the Norwalk Holiday Tournament championship game after Joel Barlow (Redding) and Capital Prep (Hartford) play in the consolation game on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the threat of a Nor’easter moved the games to Wednesday. Wednesday, 4 PM & 6 PM

Link to Barlow vs. Capital
Link to Norwalk vs. McMahon

Next week: We’ll have Bridgeport Central vs. Westhill boys basketball, Ridgefield vs. Stamford girls basketball and Norwalk vs. St. Joseph boys basketball. View the complete broadcast schedule here.

HAN On Demand: Connecticut girls basketball and ice hockey made up last week’s live action on HAN. You can watch Ridgefield host Fairfield Warde girls basketball and Greenwich vs. Stamford-Westhill-Staples girls ice hockey.

FCIAC Tour: Our trip throughout Fairfield County — to all 17 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference schools — ends on Monday afternoon in New Canaan. Frank Granito, who has already conducted 138 FCIAC Tour interviews this season, will meet the Rams’ winter leaders. You can watch all the FCIAC Tour interviews here.

News and more

Kate Czaplinski and Frank Granito bring you the latest Connecticut news and sports.

Kate Czaplinski and Frank Granito bring you the latest Connecticut news and sports.

HAN News: Kate Czaplinski is still working hard this week to bring you the latest news from Fairfield County to Hartford. Weekdays, 11 AM

This week Kate will bring you the latest headlines Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 11 a.m. on Coffee Break. Along with Kate, Frank Granito has the latest local sports and weather; and Donald Eng keeps everyone guessing with his history report.

HAN Studio Programs: All of our regular shows, except Coffee Break are off for the holiday week. We’ll resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Coffee Break: Kate will bring you the latest headlines late mornings on Coffee Break. Along with Kate, Frank Granito has the latest local sports and weather; and Donald Eng keeps everyone guessing with his history report. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 AM

Nutmeg Sports: Frank Granito talks Connecticut sports with those who compete and cover the big and little sports in southwestern Connecticut and beyond. Frank is joined four days a week by HAN reporters and editors, including Donald Eng, Kevin Coleman, Dave Stewart, Mike Suppe, Bill Bloxsom, Tim Murphy and more. Next Tuesday-Thursday, 2 PM

The Drive: Denise DiGrgioli’s motivational show returns this week. Denise’s show is about people, ideas and organizations that move us forward, consciously and mindfully. Next Tuesday, 12:30 PM

CT Pulse: Kate Czaplinski and Josh Fisher take a look at local government, politics and news. Guests include politicians, newsmakers, journalists and more. And HAN editorial cartoonist Doug Smith previews his work for our weekly newspapers and websites. Next Wednesday, 12:30 PM

John Kovach, host of the Yankee Fisherman on HAN Network.

John Kovach, host of the Yankee Fisherman on HAN Network.

Yankee Fisherman: Join John Kovach for a look at the world of fishing and conservation in and around Connecticut, New York and of New England. Next Thursday, 1 PM

HAN Arts & Leisure: Sally Sanders and Steve Coulter take a look at the local arts scene and more, including in-depth movie reviews with the Reel Dad, Mark Schumann, and guests that include performers, artists and organizers of Connecticut events. A&L is off until 2017

Next week

The HAN Network studios will be closed Friday, Dec. 30 through Monday, Jan. 2. Check out our broadcast schedule here.

How to watch

HAN Network’s live sports coverage begins at least 10 minutes before the games’ scheduled start, the live streams of our studio shows usually begin two to five minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. There are a few different ways you can watch the HAN Network:

Mobile: Watch the games, local news, politics and entertainment programming on your iPhone or Android phone with the HAN Network. Download it here.

Online: All HAN Network broadcasts are available live at HAN.Network and our affiliate websites, including FCIAC.net and all the other HAN Network local news websites.

On TV: All Frontier Communications subscribers in Connecticut can watch the simulcast of most HAN Network Connecticut sports broadcasts on the Vantage Sports Network at Channels 600 and 1600-HD.

On your Smart TV: It’s easy to watch HAN Network broadcasts on your smart televisions or with Apple TV, Roku (search for Hersam Acorn on Roku’s YouTube channel) or Google’s Chromecast.

Schedule: Here’s our sports and news broadcast schedule.

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