Bosses at the ten Elite League clubs have cancelled all matches with immediate effect.
League chiefs had hoped to complete the regular season and in the wake of last evening’s government guidelines, based on the up-to-the-minute scientific advice to allow sporting fixtures to continue, that seemed possible.
League bosses staged an emergency conference call after the Government’s latest announcement on the coronavirus outbreak. Impending restrictions on crowd sizes in Scotland were an issue that was being further considered overnight.
However, since then two teams have now reported they have players in self-isolation purely as a precaution but the health and safety of our fans, players and staff has to be paramount.
In the wake of that news the Elite league has no choice but to shut down the rest of the season and whilst the outcome is sure to disappointment fans across the country there was no alternative in these unprecedented times.
We are confident everyone will understand the rationale behind the league’s decision.
Premier Sports will have exclusive live coverage of the EIHL Challenge Cup Final between Sheffield Steelers and the Cardiff Devils on Sunday 8th March.
Coverage gets underway on Premier Sports 1 from 3.30PM with Aaron Murphy and Paul Adey bringing you all the action from the Viola Arena in Cardiff.
New Premier Sports customers will be able to watch the EIHL Challenge Cup and the 2020 Premier Sports Playoff Final, a whole host of NHL games in the run up to the Stanley Cup Finals, LaLigaTV, Serie A and lots more via Sky, Virgin TV and the Premier Player.
How to watch on TV in the UK
– Sky customers signing up at www.premiersports.com Premier Sports HD on channel 412. New customers can subscribe from just £9.99 per month with no connection fee or £99 annually.
– Online (Web, iOS App, Android App): www.premierplayer.tv Premier Player from just £9.99 per month (or £99 annually) with no connection fee. If using App please set up an account first on web browser before downloading the App.
– Virgin customers: Premier Sports channel 551. You can subscribe for £9.99 per month via the provider with no connection fee or minimum contract. Call 0845 840 7777 or set up viewing via box. (Press Home > Apps and Games > All Apps > TV Upgrades.)
Please note Sky, Premier Player customers must give at least five working days’ notice to cancel the recurring monthly subscription if paying by card. Direct debit customers, please give 15 working days’ notice to cancel service. Virgin Media customers please contact provider to cancel.
Team GB in their biggest ever game at the IIHF World Championships, had a final game showdown against France on May 20th, 2019. The winner would stay in the top pool of world hockey…loser would be relegated! Murph had the call live from Steel Arena in Kosice on FreeSports TV. All the action and drama can be enjoyed again here:
This season Premier Sports and FreeSports TV have viewers in the UK and Ireland sorted with all the best games from all the great leagues! NHL, KHL, SHL and EIHL all have live games across the networks, and the CHL and IIHF tournaments will also feature. So whether its the best from Canada and the USA you’re looking for, or the top European competitions, there’s something for all hockey fans this season.
You can follow Murph all season long on twitter: @MurphOnIce
FreeSports will once again be showing live Elite Ice Hockey League and Cup games during the 2019/20 season.
The free-to-air channel began showing the EIHL last season, and after a successful experience for both the broadcaster and the league, we are pleased to confirm that 17 games will be shown live during the new season.
“We can’t wait to get started with the new hockey season on FreeSports. It’s an exciting time with Sky UK viewers now able to see the games in HD as well!” said commentator Aaron Murphy. “After a thrilling journey last year, we’re hoping that this season will be even better. And on the back of two EIHL teams being shown live in the CHL too, there’s plenty of coverage on FreeSports. There’s so much to look forward to, and I’m delighted to present the broadcasts again with Paul Adey and Chris Ellis to even more viewers in the UK.”
“We’re delighted that Elite League games will be shown again live on FreeSports this season, and we look forward to exciting matches going live into people’s homes across the country. As before, there had to be suitability from the venues and the teams, and also for FreeSports themselves, when it came to choosing games for TV,” explained League Chairman Tony Smith. “The games we’ve selected for live broadcast reflect the factors that needed to be considered for the benefit of all involved. I would like to thank Richard Webb and everyone at FreeSports for their support, and I’m looking forward to working with them again this season.”
FreeSports’ will begin their live EIHL coverage from October. Each week when there is no live EIHL game, FreeSports will instead broadcast a highlights show. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 30 October 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Fife Flyers vs. Belfast Giants
Wednesday 13 November 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Glasgow Clan vs. Cardiff Devils
Wednesday 20 November 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff Challenge Cup ‘Play-In’ round – Coventry vs. Manchester
Wednesday 27 November 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Sheffield Steelers vs. Belfast Giants
Wednesday 11 December 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff Challenge Cup Quarter-Final 1st Leg – Belfast vs. Cardiff
Wednesday 18 December 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff Challenge Cup Quarter-Final 2nd Leg – Cardiff vs. Belfast
Tuesday 31 December 3:30pm on air, 4pm faceoff – Nottingham Panthers vs. Sheffield Steelers
Wednesday 15 January 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff, Challenge Cup Semi-Final First Leg – Glasgow vs. Sheffield
Friday 24 January 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Dundee Stars vs. Glasgow Clan
Wednesday 29 January 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff, Challenge Cup Semi-Final Second Leg – Nottingham vs. Cardiff
Wednesday 19 February 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Cardiff Devils vs. Fife Flyers
Sunday 8 March 3:30pm on air, 4pm faceoff, Challenge Cup Final – Sheffield vs. Cardiff
Wednesday 18 March 7pm on air, 7:30 faceoff – Cardiff Devils vs. Coventry Blaze
Sunday 29 March 1800 One of the final day fixtures
FreeSports will also show a Playoff First Leg, Playoff Second Leg and the Playoff Final.
Champions Hockey League
As well as the EIHL, Belfast Giants’ & Cardiff Devils’ Champions Hockey League games, which begin on 29 and 30 August respectively, will be shown in the UK exclusively on FreeSports. The channel will also cover the competitions as it extends beyond the group stage.
FreeSports is currently available via Freeview (64), Sky (422), Virgin (553) FreeSat (252), TalkTalk (64), BT Vision (64) and online via the TVPlayer.
The Cardiff Devils and Belfast Giants went head-to-head in the 2019 EIHL Playoff Final. It was Number 1 Belfast vs. Number 2 Cardiff in an epic encounter from Nottingham, April 14 live on FreeSports TV.
Ice Hockey UK are excited to announce that Great Britain’s Women’s matches at the World Championship in Dumfries will be shown live on free-to-air television for the first time.
FreeSportswill show all five GB matches at the IIHF Division II Group A tournament at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. The six-team tournament takes place from 2nd to 8th April 2019.
Following no relegation last year, GB are joined by Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico, Slovenia and promoted Spain.
Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, said: “It is brilliant news that GB Women will be showcased on FreeSports.
“It is a momentous first with women’s hockey being shown live in the UK for the first time.
“We are excited to be able to showcase women’s hockey to a wide audience via free-to-air television and we would like to thank FreeSports for making this possible.”
Richard Webb, operations director at FreeSports, said: “We are delighted to broadcast live women’s hockey for the first time on free-to-air television from Dumfries where FreeSports has aired a number of previous tournaments.
“It was a priority to get on board and showcase the women’s team in their bid for a gold medal.
“The coverage from this tournament adds to our support of ice hockey in the UK, showing live EIHL games and highlights, tournaments involving GB U20s, U18s and, of course, Great Britain Men who we will be covering from Slovakia this May.”
FreeSports is available free on Sky Channel 422, Virgin Media Channel 553, on Channel 64 on Freeview and BT and on Freesat Channel 252.
SCHEDULE Tuesday 2nd April 2019 Spain Women v Slovenia Women – 1pm DPR Korea Women v Mexico Women – 4:30pm Australia Women v GB Women – 8pm
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Rest Day
Thursday 4th April 2019 DPR Korea Women v Australia Women – 1pm Mexico Women v Spain Women – 4:30pm GB Women v Slovenia Women – 8pm
Friday 5th April 2019 DPR Korea Women v Spain Women – 1pm Australia Women v Slovenia Women – 4:30pm GB Women v Mexico Women – 8pm
Saturday 6th April 2019 Rest Day
Sunday 7th April 2019 Mexico Women v Australia Women – 1pm Slovenia Women v DPR Korea Women – 4:30pm Spain Women v GB Women – 8pm
Monday 8th April 2019 Slovenia Women v Mexico Women – 1pm Australia Women v Spain Women – 4:30pm GB Women v DPR Women – 8pm
The 2019 CHL Final saw some history! It was the first time a German DEL side made the final, also the SHL side Frolunda was looking for a 3rd Grand Final victory. The game was LIVE on FreeSportsFebruary 5th. Enjoy the highlights here from Frolunda vs Red Bull Munich (Murph on the call):