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FreeSports secures Elite Ice Hockey coverage

Elite Ice Hockey will be shown on free-to-air television over the next two years. 

The new deal between the league and FreeSports, will see a live game shown every two weeks which will also feature highlights, starting with the forthcoming 2018/19 campaign.

Additionally, there will be a bi-weekly highlights show on Wednesdays, during the weeks there isn’t a live game and fans can also look forward to a pre-season preview show to air before the campaign.

Elite League chairman Tony Smith said:
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree a deal with Free Sports to show free ice hockey to fans on television. With the success of the Great Britain national team, one of our young players, Liam Kirk, drafted to the NHL and the standard increasing every year, it’s something we were keen to tie up.

Spearheading the coverage will be presenter Aaron Murphy, a man well known to fans of the Elite League and will be the man behind the mic again.

Richard Webb, operations director at Free Sports, added: 
“Our Ice Hockey coverage on Free Sports continues to grow and we’re delighted to have the Elite Ice Hockey League on board. Our channel has showed a wealth of ice hockey over the past 12 months including monumental successes for the GB Ice Hockey team, at senior, U18s and U20s level.”

FreeSports launched last August, and is now available on all major TV platforms, although the arrival of an HD version of the channel has been delayed. Freeview availability is subject to local coverage and is not receivable on older Freeview devices.