Free Sports confirms live Elite Ice Hockey League games

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The Elite Ice Hockey League and Free Sports have announced which games will be televised live during the 2018/19 season as regular coverage of British ice hockey returns to mainstream television.

After discussions between EIHL and the free-to-air broadcaster, the list of televised fixtures has been agreed upon that will see cameras across all Elite League venues in the coming campaign, bringing live action from 17 games on Free Sports from September through to April.

Free Sports will begin its EIHL coverage with a special preview show on Tuesday, 4 September at 8pm in the build-up to the new campaign.

Starting the channel’s live coverage off will be champions Cardiff Devils hosting Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday, 16 September, the night of their championship banner unfurling.

From there, FreeSports’ cameras will move to Nottingham on Wednesday, 26 September, where Rich Chernomaz’s Panthers host the Devils. Also included is a Challenge Cup semi-final, two play-off quarter finals and the play-off final, live from Nottingham on Sunday, 14 April.

As well as showing a live game every second week, FreeSports will broadcast a highlights show every week as either a standalone programme or as part of the live game coverage, keeping fans in the picture throughout the season.

Presenting Free Sports’ coverage will be Aaron Murphy, a man no stranger to UK audiences with his previous EIHL work, the NHL and World Championships. He said:

“Now that we know where we’re going to be this season, it adds an extra excitement for everyone on the FreeSports team.

“There are venues I’ve yet to visit, such as Guildford and Milton Keynes and I’m looking forward to revisiting places I haven’t been to in some time.

“The fans can also start to look ahead to what’s going to happen now as a thrilling Elite League season gets ready to play out in front of our eyes.

“There’s a lot to look forward to and I’m delighted to be able to bring EIHL action to the viewers of FreeSports.”

Commenting on the revealing of the live games that will be shown, Elite League chairman Tony Smith said:

“We’re finally over the line as you can see from the list, there are going to be some exciting games to watch on FreeSports in the coming season.

“To get to this point, there were a lot of logistical considerations to take into account when it came to deciding which games would be shown. There had to be suitability from the venues and the teams, not to mention from Free Sports themselves and a number of factors came into play before agreement was reached.

“Nevertheless, I’m thrilled we’ve got there and I want to thank Richard Webb and everyone at Free Sports for their support and I’m looking forward to working with them this season.”

Free Sports will televise EIHL games for the next two seasons, following a deal struck in July, with a live game shown every two weeks, as well as regular highlights, plus live coverage of the play-off finals.

The free-to-air channel is currently available via Freeview (95), Sky (422), Virgin (553) FreeSat (252), TalkTalk (95), BT Vision (95) and online via TVPlayer.

For more information about Free Sports, visit freesports.tv.

SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

Cardiff Devils v Milton Keynes Lightning
Elite Ice Hockey League

18:00

WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

Nottingham Panthers v Cardiff Devils
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER

Belfast Giants v Guildford Flames
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 31st OCTOBER

Glasgow Clan v Cardiff Devils
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER

Milton Keynes Lightning v Glasgow Clan
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 21st NOVEMBER

Cardiff Devils v Fife Flyers
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 5th DECEMBER

Dundee Stars v Belfast Giants
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 27th DECEMBER

Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers
Elite Ice Hockey League

TBC

WEDNESDAY 16th JANUARY

Manchester Storm v Guildford Flames
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 30th JANUARY

Guildford Flames v Sheffield Steelers
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 13th FEBRUARY

Match TBC
EIHL Challenge Cup Semi-Final

TBC

WEDNESDAY 27th FEBRUARY

Fife Flyers v Belfast Giants
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH

Glasgow Clan v Cardiff Devils
Elite Ice Hockey League

19:30

SATURDAY 6th APRIL

Match TBC
Elite Ice Hockey League: Playoff Quarter-Final

TBC

SUNDAY 7th APRIL

Match TBC
Elite Ice Hockey League: Playoff Quarter-Final

TBC

SUNDAY 14th APRIL

Match TBC
Elite Ice Hockey League Final

TBC

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