Premier Sports to cover Great Britain’s Ice Hockey World Championship bid

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Premier Sports will again follow the progress of Great Britain men’s ice hockey team in this year’s IIHF World Championship Division I tournament.

The six-team competition is being hosted in the UK at Belfast’s SSE Arena and runs from April 23-29, with all five games featuring Great Britain to be televised live by the subscription sports channel.

Great Britain are in Group B and will face three teams who were in the second tier Division I last year in Croatia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as relegated Japan and promoted Netherlands.

The Division I tournament is the level below the elite IIHF World Championship, which will be co-staged in Cologne and Paris in May, with Premier Sports also covering live games from this competition.

Andy French, Ice Hockey UK’s general secretary, said: “It is fantastic news that Premier Sports will be covering GB and the World Championship tournament.

“They have been a great supporter of GB ice hockey not just at the men’s level, but with the junior programme when they covered the Under-16 tournament in Dumfries in December.”

Richard Webb, operations manager at Premier Sports, added: “It is a pleasure to be a part of the Great Britain campaign in Belfast, bringing the action to the screens of the hockey fans who support the national team.

“GB have been close to gold medals and promotion live on Premier Sports at the last two World Championship tournaments and we hope we can capture that coveted gold medal live this year in Belfast.

“We believe these games are important for growing the sport and it further shows our commitment to the game and the GB programme.”

Premier Sports is available via Sky channel 428 (HD) and 462 (SD), Virgin channel 551 and via the Premier Player online.

For more information on how to subscribe, visit premiersports.com.

SUNDAY 23rd APRIL

Great Britain v Croatia
IIHF World Championship: Div I, Group B

16:00

MONDAY 24th APRIL

Great Britain v Estonia
IIHF World Championship: Div I, Group B

19:30

WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL

Great Britain v Lithuania
IIHF World Championship: Div I, Group B

19:30

FRIDAY 28th APRIL

Great Britain v Netherlands
IIHF World Championship: Div I, Group B

19:30

SATURDAY 29th APRIL

Great Britain v Japan
IIHF World Championship: Div I, Group B

19:30

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