All any team or athlete can ask for – after all the hard work and preparation – is a chance to have destiny in your hands. Whatever the goal or ambition, to be in the final day of a competition, with Gold and Promotion to the top level in your sport as the reward…that is a dream scenario! GB had that scenario at the 2018 Division 1A World Championships in Budapest. A point against the hosts Hungary, & they would clinch Gold and a trip to the World Championships in 2019! Here’s a look back to April 28th 2018:
What a great competition in Budapest! Great Britain came into the Division 1A World Championships as the lowest seed, and not many people gave them a chance for a medal. Well there was something special in the air, something just felt good around the group. Great Britain beat Italy for the first time since 1952 on April 27th! It put them in Gold Medal and Promotion position heading into the final day in Hungary…here’s some of the big moments!
There’s simply nothing better than playoff hockey! The Stanley Cup is one of the toughest trophies to win in all of sport. The latest chase for ‘Lord Stanley’ is just about to get going, so here’s my picks for the 1st Round of the 2018 NHL playoffs.
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There’s nothing better than a winner take all game! And there’s nothing better than finally reaching a huge goal after a few attempts just falling short. Resilience and ‘team first’ come to mind when I think back to last April at SSE Arena, and the IIHF Div1B tournament. Team GB, at a home World Championships, had a chance for Gold against Japan, with promotion to Division 1A also on the line. Here’s a look back at some history from Belfast 2017.
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Niklas Kronwall has been a warrior throughout his career for the Detroit Red Wings, and internationally for Team Sweden. He’s also a member of the illustrious Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold & Stanley Cup). Murph sat down with the Wings steady blue-liner in Stockholm where they chatted about Detroit getting back to the NHL playoffs, life in an Original Six city, and a new arena in Hockey-town USA. See the interview here:
It’s always nice in my line of work to step out of the broadcast booth, and sit down with one of the guys that battles on the ice. There’s no greater competitor, no one who wants to win more at any position, no greater leader than Henrik Lundqvist. Here’s my 1-on-1 chat with the Rangers and Sweden’s star goalie…on Gold Medals, brotherly love and life in the NHL on Broadway:
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It’s been fun to witness some historical moments from the commentary box in my career. I’ve been lucky to be see some great moments on ice…and the current Champions Hockey League run by the Nottingham Panthers has been special. They love being first in Nottingham! The first British team to play in the CHL back in 2014/15…the first to get a win in the competition that same year…the first team to win the Continental Cup last year…and now this season the first British team to get a road win in the CHL and to get out of the group stage! Absolutely magical – what ‘dreams are made of’ type stuff. Here’s a look at one of my favorite moments in the broadcast booth from the historical campaign:
Always humbling to sit down with one of the greats in sport. Even more humbling when that sporting great is also an all-time fashion icon! Ahead of the NHL season, the KING of style Henrik Lundqvist gave our very own Aaron Murphy some style advice 😂! Here’s what happened….
Ahead of the #NHL season, the KING of style Henrik Lundqvist gave our very own Aaron Murphy some style advice 😂 LIVE NHL tonight on Premier Sports:St. Louis @ Pittsburgh – 1amPhiladelphia @ San Jose – 4am
I have enjoyed 3 Olympic Games so far as a broadcaster, and 3 Stanley Cups. I’ve also been a part of multiple World Championships and European Tournaments. I have had fun at all these levels calling various sports from Ice Hockey to Basketball. On July 8th I was fortunate enough to commentate on my 1st Rugby League Game! The Toronto Wolfpack hosted the Gloucestershire All Golds at Lamport Stadium. I can say without hesitation that it was one of the most enjoyable assignments I’ve ever had. Brian Noble and Blake Wallace were sublime joining me in the media booth. Toronto won the game in the end, but the 2 hours was an intense time for me…calling a new sport but having as much fun as I’ve ever had at work! Here are some of the highlights from that sunny day in Canada!
Thanks to Eric Perez, and everyone with the Wolfpack for an amazing adventure! Big thanks to Brian and Blake for the great insight on the broadcast.
Some great milestones this past hockey season! How about Colin Shields becoming Great Britain’sall-time leading goal scorer in the modern era?! He passed IIHF Hall Of Fame Inductee Tony Hand in Belfast vs the Netherlands at the World Championships. What a night as Shields scored his 39th, 40th and 41st GB tallies. I was fortunate to be commentating that night on Premier Sports TV & Eir Sport 2 – his record breaking performance here:
RECORD BREAKER!Colin Shields scores a hat trick to become Team GB's all-time leading goal scorer. Tune in to Premier Sports tonight at 7.30pm to see if Team GB can win gold against Japan!