A Very Premier Deal!

In case you’ve been abroad this summer – or maybe just out of the UK hockey loop – here’s the official Press Release for the new broadcast deal for the EIHL with Premier Sports TV. I’ll be calling all the action this season…can’t wait to get started September 12th (click here for the fixtures so far). See you at a rink this winter!

Official Release:

RAPID SOLICITORS ELITE LEAGUE/ PREMIER SPORTS Press Release. 

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 2014

ELITE LEAGUE AND PREMIER SPORTS ANNOUNCE NEW TV DEAL 

The Rapid Solicitors Elite League have renewed their television deal with Premier Sports for the 2014-15 season.

This season’s exclusive deal includes live matches throughout the season, including the playoff semi-finals and final.

Tony Smith, the Elite League’s chairman, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have Premier Sports back with us for next season.”Last season’s deal raised the profile of the sport and it was great to have such live television presence.

“The show was well supported by Elite League fans and well received – and we look forward to working with Premier Sports again.”

Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports, said: “We are delighted to confirm coverage for next season of the EIHL, which complements our NHL, IIHF and CHL coverage.

“It means over 550 games of ice hockey are shown every season from August through to June.  “It is also great news that the playoff semi-finals will be shown for the first time on television.

“We look forward to working hard with our production partner to further enhance the live shows and, with the launch of free HD streaming for Sky-platform Premier customers, it is exciting times ahead for UK hockey fans.”

The channel has offered a promo code for new subscribers for ice hockey via Sky, yet to subscribe.

For those with Sky they can get their first 2 months for only £5, with no connection fee, to allow them to watch EIHL, NHL, the new Champions Hockey League and the IIHF World Championship. Use the code EIHL2014.

Virgin customers can subscribe for £7.99 per month, directly via the platform.

Visit www.premiersports.tv for more information.

The promo code is valid until the end of August 2014.

T&C’s apply. Visit www.premiersports.tv for more information.

You can follow Murph on Twitter in the upcoming season here: @MurphOnIce

 

The Summer Itch!

It’s always the same for me at this point of the summer. The World Championships are long over, the EIHL Playoff weekend a far away memory, and the Stanley Cup is on a tour around the globe with the Kings’ players and staff.

It’s the time of the summer itch! Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy the time off after hockey finishes. It’s nice to have a look at other sports – I love Wimbledon and the British Open. And, here in Ireland, I enjoy the Gaelic Football and Hurling. But after that month, I start to think about the frozen sights, sounds and smells of my favourite game.

I start to get in the mindset of calling hockey games on TV again, I start to look over rosters and contemplate the various contenders of the leagues I cover. But, most of all, I just miss the game, and the people who work around the greatest sport on earth.

So, to make me a feel a bit better, and to get rid of this itch in my hockey brain, I will have a look back and some highs, lows and strange moments from last season across the Olympics, World Championships and the EIHL.

Moving Up the Ladder

It was the 19th of October and the Cardiff Devils were in Coventry to play the Blaze. It was to be the pilot shoot for Premier Sports EIHL TV coverage. Benn Olson (injured) and I would be calling the game, and to get to the studio we had a strange set-up in the Skydome. Our position was in the corner on top of a coffee shop, and the only way to get up there – a rickety old ladder straight up 30 feet – while carrying a laptop and other notes! Not to mention spectators walking underneath and past the ladder.

Olson and Murph survived to work together on many EIHL and Team GB games last season.

Olson and Murph survived to work together on many EIHL and Team GB games last season.

Olson and I both thought the producer was joking. I let Benn go first of course – he’s a lot bigger than me, and I thought if he survived the climb then I’d be fine! People think TV is glamorous – let me tell you climbing ladders and hanging off a roof top to call a game is more scary than glamorous. It also made bathroom breaks more of a myth than possibility that night. Luckily, we survived to tell the tale – and the EIHL Game of the Week was off and running on a season long journey on Premier.

1-for-3 House Rules, you Kidding Me!?

February in Sochi was an interesting month in my career to say the least. Magnificent and strange rolled into one. Covering the Olympic hockey tournament is an honour and I loved every minute of it. It was a busy time – so not much in the way of a social life over there. I did get out for a pint on a Tuesday evening, and had a “let’s just get out of here” moment. A few colleagues and I stopped in a local cafe for a beer. We were the only non-Russians in the place. We had decided that it would be good to go where the locals go. After ordering two of the local cold ones a bill came that seemed strange. It was certainly more than I had expected. My colleague was a star at converting to the local currency and quickly realized we had been charged for six beers not two. He also foolishly questioned the bartender, who called over his friend who blocked out the sun, and had no neck! He asked if there was a problem in broken English – at this point I sprang into action – said there was no issue and gladly paid for the six while we downed the two. I was never so relieved to get out of a bar. Great fun though – and a life lesson – know the landscape and know the exit strategy!

The heart of a Giant

Giants Captain Adam Keefe is a great leader for his team.

Giants Captain Adam Keefe is a great leader for his team.

I have a huge amount of respect for Giants Captain Adam Keefe. I actually would have felt safe in that Sochi cafe had Keefe been with us! The guy blocks shots, fights, plays the game the right way – and above all else – leads by example. The Giants were magnificent in winning the EIHL title with a month to spare last season – and Keefe was instrumental in that. When it came down to the Playoff Final Weekend though, the Captain in teal was not right. A knee injury was apparent. He could not walk – let alone skate and hit the way he wanted to. I remember rehearsing on set for the Grand Final for Premier Sports that Sunday April 6th, and out of the corner of my eye the Giants arrived and headed into the dressing room area. There was no sign of the Captain. Three minutes later he limped in, straight legged on the injury and strained. His face more hurting than his knee. He knew he would not be a factor. He knew that at this moment when he was needed most, he would not be allowed to exert his will, his leg betraying him. Most players would not put their equipment on. Most would be in a suit and tie. Keefe dressed though, was on the bench for his team in full gear, and shouted encouragement and made himself a part of that Grand Final. Adam Keefe is a warrior, and great leader – an example to all about the respect of the game.

Redemption for the Great Eight

It was sad to see all the bad press that Alex Ovechkin got in Sochi. He had the weight of a nation on his powerful shoulders – and when his team failed to deliver the coveted Gold Medal on home soil – Ovie felt the daggers. I remember calling that Russia versus USA game in Sochi – when TJ Oshie became a shootout legend – but more distinctly I remember Vlad Putin being in a private box up above my commentary position. I remember looking back and seeing his gaze at the Russian team when they lost to the Americans. Fast forward to May 25th – a Sunday in Minsk. Ovechkin and his Russian teammates would play or Gold at the World Championships. I was calling the game for Premier Sports – and I won’t remember the score, and I don’t remember all the finer details of that win over Finland, but I’ll never forget the toothless grin on the face of Alex Ovechkin as he received his Gold Medal. He looked like a man who had just been set free from so much disappointment. He looked like a kid who had rediscovered his love of a game, and at the same time, a man who regained his pride in playing for his country.

Golden Baby, Golden

Murph loved the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi.

Murph loved the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi.

Back to Sochi. For every strange and terrifying moment, I was also given strange and terrifying opportunities! To be informed that I’d be a part of the commentary team for both the Male (Feb. 23) and Female (Feb. 20) Gold Medal games sent my head reeling. I had called ten Olympic games at that point – but to be appointed to the finales of both tournaments was an honour I’ll never forget – or take lightly. As a Canadian – it was a dream come true. But celebration would have to wait, there was a job to do for the Olympic Broadcasting Service – and I had to be impartial, and the most professional preparation had to be completed. Let’s just say I had never been more nervous – but also strangely calm and ready at the same time. I can remember every moment from both of those games. I remember my pride that Canada had won two Gold Medals – but more importantly I remember that I had done my best and really felt great after both calls. I still pinch myself about those few sunny February days along the coast in Sochi – the Bolshoy Ice Dome will forever be one of my favourite places.

I am fortunate that I have many more memories from last hockey season. It was truly an honour to commentate on over 45 TV games across so many different leagues and levels. The above are a few things that stand out both on, and off the ice! Here’s to many more memories ahead, and here’s to the 2014/15 season.

There’s also the excitement over the new European Champions Hockey League. I am proud and humbled to be a part of Premier Sports coverage of this new venture. Check out some of the fixtures here.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and see you at a rink somewhere this winter!

You can follow Murph on Twitter in the upcoming season here: @MurphOnIce

Happy Canada Day!

As a Canadian living abroad – I get a little homesick every July 1st! I have had the pleasure of living in Europe for nine years now – in both London, England and Dublin, Ireland. These are two great cites in two fantastic countries – no doubt about it – world class. But on July 1st I always day-dream about my favourite haunts, and pass times back home, and of course family and friends.

Don’t get me wrong – I am very fortunate living permanently abroad, I make a living working in hockey, covering the game and commentating on domestic UK, and international hockey. I also live in a city with a great musical and sporting culture – and as a ‘Murphy’, Dublin is a great fit. So, in honour of my homeland today I thought I’d share this classic:

Happy Canada Day wherever you’re celebrating. And if you are in Ireland, remember Molson Canadian, Moosehead and Tim Hortons are readily available to all of us who miss home!

You can follow Murph on Twitter here: @MurphOnIce

A Premier look back…

 

Well hockey fans, the UK season is over, and Team GB have finished their World Championship campaign. So, it’s time for Murph to look back at a fantastic first EIHL season on Premier Sports TV! Some hosting, some commentary, interviews, and some of the lighter side from a great year of hockey coverage on National TV.

What a hockey season – and an honour to be a part of the National TV coverage of the EIHL. Thanks for all the feedback and support throughout the year!

You can follow Murph on Twitter here: @MurphOnIce

Grand Finale!

EIHL Playoff Championship Game – TV FINAL LINE-UP

APRIL 2, 2014

Premier Sports are delighted to have assembled an expert panel and commentary group for the Elite League playoff final.

The action gets under way this Sunday April 6 from 3pm with an hour-long build-up that will look back on the action from Saturday and look ahead to the big game.

Host and play-by-play commentator Aaron Murphy will be joined for the pre-game show by Cardiff Devils captain Mac Faulkner to preview the big match, and look back at how the teams got there.

Faulkner, who is one of the best players in the league, will bring an elite players’ perspective and analysis for viewers.

Neil Russell will join Faulkner and Murphy before puck drop and will also handle all rink-side interviews and features.

Russell has appeared on several Premier EIHL broadcasts this season and is bringing his unique perspective to the show once again.

Once the game gets under way, Murphy will be joined in the commentary booth by the Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen.

Christiansen’s close familiarity and scouting of all the players in the EIHL will be a huge asset to the show.

Christiansen will also help analyse the game with an expert coaching view and knowledge of all the teams this season, as well as looking ahead to GB’s World Championship tournament that will feature on Premier from 20th to 26th April.

“I’m excited to get this game going,” Murphy said. “What a group of knowledgeable hockey people we’ve assembled for the big final, viewers are in for a treat.

“This is a huge game and we wanted to have the best experts available for the show, so I’m really looking forward to working with Mac, Neil and Doug.”

Richard Webb, operations manager of Premier Sports, said: “We are really looking forward to covering our first Elite League final.

“We are on air for over four hours with a host of features, highlights and, of course, every beat of what should be an enthralling encounter in front of over 6,000 passionate fans.”

To sign up to Premier Sports – your Home of Hockey – then please visit www.premiersports.tv.

Premier Sports is available on SKY channel 428, Virgin Media 551 and via the Premier Player at www.premierplayer.tv.

An Olympic Experience

Have you ever had one of those moments when you pinch yourself – just to make sure that the situation you find yourself in is real?

Have you ever looked around and thought ‘whoa am I really here doing this‘?!

I had many of those moments in Sochi – a few moments that I’ll never forget on an incredible Olympic journey.

Murph in Sochi Olympic Park!

Murph in Sochi Olympic Park!

As a Canadian I have always enjoyed watching best-on-best hockey – whether it be the old Canada Cup, the World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey etc. But when the NHL became involved in the Olympics back in 1998 in Nagano – my interest – and the interest of millions became even greater when it came to international hockey. The very best in the world on one stage – the grandest of stages – the Olympics was a recipe for unrivalled levels of competition for the greatest game on the planet.

Past Memories

I remember my heart break as Canada failed to medal in Nagano. I remember where I was – who I was with – and I remember how impressed I was with Czech goalie Domink Hasek, and his poise at the very highest level of intense competition, to knock Canada out of Gold Medal contention.

I also remember everything about four years later when Canada and the USA played for Gold in Salt Lake City. I remember how great the hockey was – and how the NHL was showcasing it’s brand, and players on a scale unimaginable before their Olympic commitment, of shutting down the league every four years to participate. I remember thinking it couldn’t get any better!

Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi played host to the Gold Medal Hockey games.

Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi played host to the Gold Medal Hockey games.

I could go on about Torino – and the joy for Mats Sundin and Henrik Lundqvist – winning Gold for Sweden over bitter rivals Finland – and the celebration that reverberated throughout their homeland. How could you not again marvel in the brilliance of Vancouver – where once again Canada and the USA renewed hostilities for Gold – and a guy named Crosby jumped into history with a home soil overtime goal. A goal that sent the entire nation into frenzy and celebration!

Throughout all of these magic moments (and plenty more throughout the preliminary rounds and knock out stages of the Olympic hockey tournaments mentioned), I never once considered it could get better. I never once even contemplated that the hockey, and joy of watching the Olympics could get higher.

I was wrong. I discovered recently throughout my Sochi experience, that there was another level. An entirely different level of elation and amazement for our game.

New Realities

I will never forget commentating on the USA against Russia. T.J. Oshie and the ice in his veins in the shootout win – his heroics didn’t seem to faze, or trouble him as the pressure rose with each new attempt. I will never forget the look of frustration on the faces of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin as they realized they were bested by the Americans.

Caroline Ouellette captained Canada to Gold.

Caroline Ouellette captained Canada to Gold.

A moment in time – Canada against the USA in Women’s hockey – for all the marbles – Gold on the line – Canada trailing and yet somehow, some way, the ‘Hockey Gods’ smiled and Canada forced overtime against an American team that had looked invincible in that finale. But there was the never ending desire to win by Marie-Philip Poulin – her Golden Goal at 8:10 of overtime launching Canada to another level. I was in shock and forgot for a second that I still had to commentate! What a game – unreal.

The Canadian men’s captain had been much maligned for his less that super numbers throughout Sochi. Ridiculous talk sprung up throughout the media about Sidney Crosby’s lacklustre tournament. Well, I will never forget commentating on his breakaway goal against Henrik Lundqvist as he put Canada up 2-0 over Sweden – and Mike Babcock’s side never looked back in capturing Gold in Russia. It was a hockey clinic. Three zone domination like I have never seen. I was at times not sure that I was actually seeing what I was commentating on – a sublime performance from what could be considered the finest men’s hockey team ever assembled.

Murph's view for the men's Gold Medal game in Sochi.

Murph’s view for the men’s Gold Medal game in Sochi.

All of the above were surreal – pinch myself – I hope I’m not dreaming moments. I have been lucky in my career to cover three Stanley Cups, World Championships, Olympic Qualifiers, and plenty of domestic hockey. And for all of those experiences I am grateful. For Sochi I am grateful of the opportunity – but somewhere deep down – some days I still have to shake my head, and wonder if I was actually a part of something like that. Something that I had always watched and marvelled at from afar – something that seemed like a dream to be a part of.

For Sochi I will always be indebted – because Sochi and the 2014 Olympics taught me that if you work hard, and have passion for something – then dreams really can come true.

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Big Mac

The UK Elite League is filled with skilled guys on the ice, and great, charitable people off the ice, and these folks make you happy and appreciative to be around hockey in every way.

One of those guys is Mac Faulkner of the Cardiff Devils. Many people around the EIHL will tell you he’s the best all-around player in the league. Others will say that there is no better leader – and that Mac is the total package as a captain. He’s also one of the players that gives back off the ice – and always has time for a chat with a fan or an autograph. He’s one of my favourite people to talk hockey with at the rink – and I was lucky to interview him recently.

Faulkner has been a brilliant performer for the Devils. Photo Courtesy - cardiffdevils.com

Faulkner has been a brilliant performer for the Devils. Photo Courtesy – cardiffdevils.com

Enjoy my one-on-one chat with Mac Faulkner here:

Murph On Ice – Thanks for taking the time to join me on the website Mac.

Mac Faulkner – No problem Murph, thanks for having me on.

MOI - You have had 5 great years playing over here in Europe – what are the biggest differences between your time playing in Italy and now playing in the UK?

MF – In comparing the two leagues I would say that there are a few differences but in general the leagues are fairly similar. Many of the same players I played with, and against in Italy, Ling, Fata, Marsh, Blight, and Henrich are now playing here. I would say that the UK may be a slightly more physical league. My first year in Italy when some teams had 10-12 imports maybe Italy was a slightly deeper league. I think I may be splitting hairs here, in general I would say that both leagues would be competitive with each other, as evidenced by a hard fought, and close game between Nottingham and Asiago in the Continental Cup this season.

MOI – This has been an up and down year for your club – with plenty of well documented moves on and off the ice. As a leader in the dressing room – how have you approached keeping the guys focused and together to just concentrate on hockey?

MF – It’s not as much of a “me” as it is a “we”.  There are many variables that are out of our control as players, such as injuries to Dan LaCosta, and coaching changes. We have a lot of guys who have experience, and this has helped keep our team on an even keel. As players you can only control how you play, how much you enjoy the game, and how you treat each other. Each guy has stayed very positive, and come to the rink ready to work and play hard, and that’s a testament to the quality of people we have on our roster.

MOI There appears to be a little more parity throughout the EIHL this season, with any team capable of an upset on any given night. How surprised are you at the league standings at this point, and some of the results this season?

MF – There is definitely more parity in the league this season, but to be honest I’m not overly surprised. The south is always going to be ultra-competitive, but the organisations in the north have good hockey people running them. You knew Finner was going to do a good job in Braehead, and Todd and Danny in Fife, and Clouts in Hull have put together teams that have the ability to win night in night out.  Dustin Sproat, a former teammate and friend gave me the heads up on Dan Bakala early in the season. This isn’t a flash in the pan, he’s a very good goalie. With him in net, and players like Kashirsky, who won an ECHL championship last year, and Rawlyk, Dundee has a very balanced team. We haven’t played Edinburgh in a while, but they play very well at Murrayfield and can catch you sleeping on some nights. With all that said, it makes it more fun to play as a player. Each game requires preparation, effort and execution to give yourself the opportunity to win, there are no easy games. This is what makes for good hockey for the players and fans, and it should be interesting down the stretch to see how it all plays out.

MOI – Belfast have really stayed consistent and are off to a big lead at the top of the table – do you think that they can be caught by anyone as there’s plenty of hockey left to play?

Faulkner and the Devils need a strong finish to their season. Photo Courtesy - cardiffdevils.com

Faulkner and the Devils need a strong finish to their season. Photo Courtesy – cardiffdevils.com

MF – Tough to say.  Without doubt they are playing very good hockey. They are well coached, are balanced and play a consistent game supporting each other all over the ice.  It will be tough for any team to catch them down the stretch. One added component, and this is not to take anything away from their season so far, but they have stayed healthy.  In any league where you play 60-70 games, the team who tops the league at year en, will tend to have many key factors to their success, and staying healthy would be one of them.

We have the opportunity to play them in the semi’s of the Challenge Cup.  If you’re going to beat a team like Belfast you have to play a disciplined, 60 minute game and limit your turnovers.  We are looking forward to the challenge, and to show the league and ourselves that we are better than the outcomes of last weekend.

MOI – What are your goals as a club for the remainder of this season?

MF – Fairly straight forward.  We’re in the Challenge Cup semi’s and one goal is to win that Cup. The other is to have a strong rest of the season. Obviously we want to finish as high in the standings as possible, but as importantly we want to be playing the right kind of hockey, so that when the playoffs roll around, we are prepared to compete and play at the level required to get to the finals in Nottingham, and have success there as well.

MOI – Who is the toughest competitor you’ve faced this season and why?

MF – Marshy (Tyson Marsh).  Every day in practice he battles. Best player in our league in my opinion. Runs our PP and is one of the top scoring defencemen, plays 25-30 minutes a night, plays against the other team’s top lines, first out on the PK and fights when needed.  We are lucky to have him in Cardiff. Our league has lots of very good players. I could go on about guys off each team who push you to work every night if you are going to have any success against them.

MOI – Off the ice you are a big part of the community in Cardiff. Tell us about some of the wonderful charities that the Devils, and yourself are proud to be a part of.

MF – I’ve really enjoyed working with Hockey Players 4 Kids, and this year Jamie Elson and the Devils Community Foundation have worked with us and supported our efforts.  Over Christmas we were able to donate to 3 local hospitals and Ty Hafan.  Our fans and the CDRA were huge in fundraising enough that enabled us to buy the presents for all the children. What has been great is all the guys jumping on board from our team. Blighter and Marshy are now each running literacy programs in local schools and Ben Davies, Plumton, Morissette are working with me in a few other schools.  It has been a blast and I can’t thank the guys enough for their time and effort.

MOI – The hockey community in the UK is a tight group – lots of players I speak with love the atmosphere and passion around the EIHL. Do you agree, and do you see yourself playing over here for many seasons to come?

MF – This is a great league filled with good players and people, and I couldn’t agree more with you.  In terms of hockey, I take it year by year.  I still enjoy coming to the rink every day and trying to get better as a team and as a player.  You never know what path lies ahead, but I would love to play as long as I can.

MOI – Thanks again Mac, and good luck the rest of the way.

MF – Cheers Murph.

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Answering the Bell!!

So it finally caught up to me! Benn Olson of the Coventry Blaze and I had a bit of a feud going over my refusal to wear a bow tie that he had given me as a gift. Olson had presented me the tie on a live Premier Sports broadcast – and I was supposed to wear on a follow up game. I didn’t think I could pull it off and Olson was a bit annoyed with me! Here’s the result:

So it’s not everyday you come out of retirement and kit up to go to-to-toe with one of the toughest guys in the UK Elite League! I’m pretty happy to be around to tell the tale and share the video evidence! Big thanks to Benn for being such a great sport, and for showing that hockey players the world over are great guys.

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The Bow Tie Incident!

I have to say working with Benn Olson on the Premier Sports Elite Ice Hockey League inaugural live broadcast was a fantastic honour. Olson was a great analyst and really showed his love and knowledge of his sport. He also stepped out of his comfort zone and did a great job on LIVE national television!

What viewers and myself probably didn’t realize before the game was what a stylish dresser Olson was! You probably don’t think that one of the toughest guys in the EIHL would be a bow tie fan! See what happened at the end of the first broadcast!!

Well, not sure I can pull off a bow tie on future broadcasts – but also not sure I want Olson following up on his promise! Tune into the EIHL on Premier Sports to see what happens. Enjoy your hockey weekend wherever you’re watching!

To subscribe to Premier Sports visit www.premiersports.tv.

You can follow Murph on Twitter here: @MurphOnIce

A Premier Deal!

ELITE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES TV DEAL WITH PREMIER SPORTS

The Rapid Solicitors Elite League are delighted to announce they have secured a live television deal with Premier Sports.

The new exclusive deal includes a live game once a week on a Saturday night and also involves coverage of the play-offs.

Coverage, which will be fronted by Aaron Murphy, begins on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at the Skydome as Coventry Blaze host Belfast Giants (7pm).

The EIHL will be live on TV from November 23rd!

The EIHL will be live on TV from November 23rd!

It takes the amount of ice hockey on Premier Sports to 45 hours per week.

Elite League chairman, Tony Smith, said: “The Elite League is thrilled to have live coverage on UK television.

“We would like to thank Premier Sports for joining us as a media partner to provide this fantastic coverage for supporters.

“We hope that fans support the commitment and investment from Premier Sports into the Elite League.

“The league believes this will help grow our fan base across the UK and Ireland.”

Richard Sweeney, general manager of Premier Sports, said: “We are delighted to be able to support UK ice hockey by covering the Elite League.

“With 15 games a week from the NHL, NHL Tonight and now a primetime Saturday evening game of the week from the UK, we can now officially say to fans that we are your home for hockey in the UK.”

Games will be available on Sky channel 428, Virgin channel 551 and around the world via the Premier Player (www.premierplayer.tv).

ABOUT THE COMMENTARY TEAM

Aaron Murphy joins the Premier Sports team once again to host and do play-by-play on the EIHL Game of the Week.

He was the lead commentator for Premier Sports’ Team GB coverage at the 2013 World Championship in Budapest.

Benn Olson & Murph will call the 1st game on Premier Sports!

Benn Olson & Murph will call the 1st game on Premier Sports!

He has covered NHL, KHL and the EIHL in his career. Aaron will be joined by a different expert each week to add local flavour to broadcasts.

ABOUT PREMIER SPORTS

Premier Sports operates on Sky channel 428 and Virgin Media channel 551 in the UK and is also available online via www.premierplayer.tv.

It launched in 2010 offering viewers in the UK an opportunity to receive wall-to-wall coverage of their number one sport.

Its current portfolio is made up of over 1,000 live events per year and includes rugby league for the UK and Australia, ice hockey, motorsports and South American football.

To subscribe to Premier Sports visit www.premiersports.tv.

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