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):

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

PREMIER SPORTS TO COVER OLYMPIC PRE-QUALIFYING

Premier Sports will cover Great Britain Men’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics pre-qualifying tournament in Cortina.

GB take on hosts Italy, as well as Serbia and Netherlands in a four-team group from 11th to 14th February.

The group winners will progress to the final qualifying stage later this year to play for a place at PyeongChang 2018.

This  year marks 80 years since GB famously won gold at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany.Team GB Fans

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “It is fantastic news that GB’s games will be on Premier Sports once again.

“We have a great relationship with them and they have covered our World Championship tournaments for some time now.

“It will be fantastic for people back home to have the chance to see all the action from such a special and important tournament in Italy.”

Richard Webb, operations manager at Premier Sports, said: “It is great news that we can announce coverage of these all important Team GB Olympic qualifiers.

“This coverage further shows our commitment to ice hockey coverage in the UK.”

Commentary will come from Aaron Murphy and former GB international Paul Adey.

Premier Sports covers more than 600 ice hockey games a year from the NHL, IIHF World Championship, CHL, SHL and EIHL.

It is available on Sky Channel 428 HD, 461 SD, Virgin channel 551, TalkTalk channel 414 and via the Premier Player online.

Visit www.premiersports.tv for more information.

GB/PREMIER SPORTS SCHEDULE
Thursday 11th February (16:30 GMT face-off): Great Britain v NetherlandsLIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS
Saturday 13th February (16:30 GMT face-off): Great Britain v SerbiaDELAYED COVERAGE ON PREMIER SPORTS (22:15 GMT)
Sunday 14th February (19:45 GMT face-off): Great Britain v ItalyLIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS

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Flying High

The Fife Flyers hosted their Scottish rivals the Edinburgh Capitals November 7th live on Premier Sports TV. Paul Adey and I with the call from the Fife Ice Arena, as the Flyers were looking to win their fourth in a row! The Caps were looking to stop a three game losing slide in this one. The atmosphere is always good in Fife – and you can check it all out here:

We have two big games coming up in the EIHL in December live on Premier Sports:

December 12 – Coventry v Cardiff

December 27 – Nottingham v Sheffield

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