2017 Stanley Cup First Round Picks!

There’s no better time of year for hockey fans than the start of the quest for Lord Stanley! It all kicks off Wednesday night April 12th…and you can watch some key series live on Premier Sports in the UK, and Eir Sport 2 in Ireland.

Here are my picks for the first round match-ups:

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Eastern Conference 

Caps in 6 over Leafs

Pens in 6 over Blue Jackets

Habs in 6 over Rangers

Bruins in 7 over Sens

Western Conference

Blackhawks in 6 over Preds

Wild in 7 over Blues

Ducks in 6 over Flames

Oilers in 6 over Sharks

Enjoy the first round wherever you’re watching from! After no Canadian teams getting into the post-season last year, it will be fun to watch some of the young guns perform for Canadian clubs over the next few weeks!

You can follow Murph throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs on twitter here: @MurphOnIce

Premier Sports & Team GB ready for World Championships!

Great news for all hockey fans in Great Britain and beyond! All Team GB games from the Division 1B World Championships in Belfast will be shown on Premier Sports. Join Paul Adey and Murph from April 23-29 from SSE Arena, as GB tries for a Gold Medal and promotion. See the Press Release below:

Ice Hockey UK are excited to announce that Premier Sports will once again cover Great Britain in this year’s World Championship.

The six-team tournament, being hosted in the UK at Belfast’s SSE Arena, runs from Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th April 2017.

Team GB games will be live and exclusive on Premier Sports April 23-29.

GB will face three teams who were in the group last year in Croatia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as relegated Japan and promoted Netherlands.

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, said: “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. Visit www.premiersports.com for more information.

You can follow Murph throughout the World Championships on twitter here: @MurphOnIce

Running with the Wolfpack!

I have been lucky in my career to cover and commentate on some of the biggest global events in Hockey. I have also been fortunate to branch out and work on Field Hockey, Basketball, Curling, Bobsleigh and Handball at International and Olympic level. When the opportunity was presented to be a part of something truly new and innovative with Premier Sports and The Toronto Wolfpack, well, I jumped at the chance! The Wolfpack are the first transatlantic professional sports team, and they will start their adventure in Rugby’s League 1 in the UK. Their goal is to win straight away and advance up the ladder to the Super League. Premier will cover all their games, and I’ll be a part of the on-air crew.

Here’s a few clips from our first broadcast January 22nd, a bit of Rugby and Transatlantic sports history!

Murph with Wolfpack Captain Craig Hall:

Murph with Wolfpack Coach Paul Rowley:

Follow the Wolfpack on twitter all season long – @TOwolfpack

Follow Murph on the new Rugby beat as well here – @MurphOnIce

 

The Legacy of the 2016 NCAA Friendship Four, Belfast NI.

It is an honour to be a part of such a huge hockey initiative, and the work of the Belfast Giants and all involved with bringing one of the biggest events of the sporting calendar to these shores.

Here’s a look back at the legacy of the 2016 NCAA Friendship Four:

The Giants and NCAA Hockey have announced another two years after the success of the 2015 and 2016 events…long may this incredibly professional and welcoming hockey event take place! I hope to see you all in 2017 and 2018 at SSE Arena in Belfast!

You can follow Murph on twitter here: @MurphOnIce

All is exciting on New Years Day!

It is an honour to be a part of NHL events for Premier Sports. Last Year I rang in the New Year in Boston, and covered the Winter Classic January 1st for the network, as the Habs visited the Bruins at Gillette Stadium.

Murph at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.

It was my first NHL Outdoor event – and it was like nothing else – a who’s who of the hockey world – and an atmosphere that was unreal. I have covered 3 Olympics, 3 Stanley Cup Finals – but an outdoor hockey game is just something very special. Premier has once again made the call, and I’ve answered! My second NHL Outdoor game will be the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on New Years Day ’17 – Red Wings at Maple Leafs. I can’t wait! Here’s the promo and all details:

You can also follow Murph behind the scenes New Years Day on twitter here: @MurphOnIce

Fantastic Four!

The Friendship Four in Belfast has quickly become one of the top hockey tournaments on the GB Calendar. The SSE Arena is one of the best facilities anywhere on these shores, and the Belfast Giants are totally professional in all regards to staff, volunteers, media access and inclusiveness. They should be the model for all pro clubs over here.

It’s an honour to be a part of the first two Friendship Four events (2015, 2016), and the Giants along with the NCAA have announced there are two more tournaments on the horizon for 2017, and 2018. Long may it continue.

Here’s the highlights from the Belpot Final November 25/16 (Aaron Murphy and Paul Adey on commentary):

You can also follow Murph all hockey season long on @MurphOnIce

 

Murph goes 1-on-1 with Brian McGrattan

I had the pleasure of chatting with former NHL’er and current Nottingham Panthers forward Brian McGrattan recently in Jaca, Spain. The Panthers were playing in the Continental Cup, and McGrattan dropped by to speak to us on Premier Sports TV about some of the differences of playing in the UK, and about the Ice Guardians Documentary.

See the exclusive TV interview here:

Thanks to McGrattan for taking the time – you can follow him on twitter @bigern10

You can also follow Murph all hockey season long on @MurphOnIce

Some Great TV Moments 2015/16 season!

As the hockey season is well in our rear-view mirror in July – and with my 3rd Olympic Games on the horizon – a quick look at some of my favourite TV moments to have worked on in the past 12 months:

The Champions Hockey league is a huge tournament bringing the top Ice Hockey Teams from Europe together in a tough competition. Safe to say the British EIHL teams are underdogs in Europe – but I called a special TV game from Braehead Scotland this year. The hometown Clan hosting heavily favoured ERC Ingolstadt from Germany  – what a special night to be a part of:

The NCAA Friendship Four in Belfast was broadcast in Canada and the USA – I was honoured to call some games as a play-by-play commentator – but the below interview I conducted with USA Hockey legend Ralph Cox was special:

Some great TV moments – here’s hoping for many more over the next 12 months! Next stop for me – Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics. You can view some of my other work from last season by clicking here!

You can follow Murph on twitter: @MurphOnIce

Stanley Cup 2016 – First Round Picks

The chase for Lord Stanley begins Wednesday April 13th! Here are my picks for the first round:

Round 1: Eastern Conference

Washington vs Philadelphia: Washington Capitals

Florida vs NY Islanders: Florida Panthers

Pittsburgh vs NY Rangers: Pittsburgh Penguins

Tampa Bay vs Detroit: Tampa Bay Lightning

Round 1: Western Conference

Dallas vs Minnesota: Dallas Stars

Anaheim vs Nashville: Anaheim Ducks

St. Louis vs Chicago: Chicago Blackhawks

Los Angeles vs San Jose: Los Angeles Kings

You can follow Murph on twitter: @MurphOnIce

A Premier Event!

Premier Sports will have coverage of all five of Great Britain’s games at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Zagreb, which gets under way on Sunday.

GB begin with a game against hosts Croatia before coming up against Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine.

All GB games from Zagreb will be on Premier Sports TV.
All GB games from Zagreb will be on Premier Sports TV.

Aaron Murphy will be joined by former GB forward Paul Adey for play-by-play commentary on all the games.

Murphy said: “Paul Adey played for Team GB and has great insight into these tournaments.

“We both enjoy bringing the games to the viewers and look forward to travelling to Croatia for full coverage of this event.

“Last year’s silver-medal performance was exciting from start to finish and we all hope to capture some more special moments for the national team in Zagreb.

“Being a part of these broadcasts is truly an honour and exhibits Premier Sports commitment to hockey.”

Click here for full details and timings.

For more details about Premier Sports visit www.premiersports.com.