The Elite Ice Hockey League and FreeSports have announced an amendment to their scheduled list of televised games for 2018/19.
The game between Cardiff Devils and Fife Flyers, which was scheduled to be shown on Wednesday 21st November, has now been replaced by Coventry Blaze’s home game against Guildford Flames, which has moved from its original date of Wednesday 14th November.
It means that all clubs will have coverage from their home rinks through the course of the season as a result of this change.
Also changing is the date originally given for the preview show, scheduled for Tuesday 4th September at 8pm in the build-up to the new campaign and this has been pushed back until Thursday 6th September at 9pm.
Regarding the fixture change, Elite League Director of Hockey Operations Michael Hicks explained about the amendment and says Blaze’s addition was always going to happen.
“We knew when the original list went out that Coventry’s omission from it was always going to stand out and cause some level of disappointment,” he said.
“When the original TV schedule was drawn up, all teams had TV coverage, unfortunately with ice availability changes and scheduling all outside of our control, it meant the original date we had agreed for the Blaze game wasn’t suitable for all parties concerned.
“We continued to work in the background alongside FreeSports and the 11 member clubs to come up with an alternate solution.
“We had to release the original schedule of TV games, to allow the build-up to the start of the season to continue and to give ourselves and our partner FreeSports the time to prepare and promote the coverage of games.
“The TV schedule was always subject to change, which was stated at the time. Both the network and myself were confident Coventry would be included throughout the season and since then, we’ve come to an agreement with all clubs involved that this new date was the best option.
“Cardiff, Fife and Guildford were more than happy to make way for Coventry and now we have the ice confirmed for the new date along with the agreement from the teams involved as well as the network we can now pencil this game in.
“Now that we have a solution, I want to thank all parties involved, particularly Guildford for agreeing to the switch to facilitate FreeSports as well as Cardiff, who were more than happy to step aside.
“Their assistance was invaluable in helping to make this possible and I look forward to seeing our great sport on television this season.”
Cardiff and Milton Keynes Lightning will contest the first game live on FreeSports
AMENDED TELEVISION LIST (17 total)
Sunday 16th September –
Cardiff Devils vs Milton Keynes Lightning (6pm)
Wednesday 26th September –
Nottingham Panthers vs Cardiff Devils (7.30pm)
Wednesday 10th October –
Belfast Giants vs Guildford Flames (7.30pm)
Wednesday 31st October –
Sheffield Steelers vs Coventry Blaze (7.30pm)
Wednesday 14th November –
Milton Keynes Lightning vs Glasgow Clan (7.30pm)
Wednesday 21st November –
Coventry Blaze vs Guildford Flames (7.30pm)
Wednesday 5th December –
Dundee Stars vs Belfast Giants (7.30pm)
Thursday 27th December –
Sheffield Steelers vs Nottingham Panthers (7pm)
Wednesday 16th January –
Manchester Storm vs Guildford Flames (7.30pm)
Wednesday 30th January –
Guildford Flames vs Sheffield Steelers (7.30pm)
Thursday 14th February –
Belfast Giants vs Glasgow Clan (Challenge Cup SF, 7pm)
Wednesday 27th February –
Fife Flyers vs Belfast Giants (7.30pm)
Wednesday 20th March –
Glasgow Clan vs Cardiff Devils (7.30pm)
Another March Game –
TBD (hopefully league decider etc)
Saturday 6th April –
PredictorBet Playoff Quarter Final
Sunday 7th April –
PredictorBet Playoff Quarter Final
Sunday 14th April –
PredictorBet Playoff Final