The opening fixture will be the fiercely contested Scottish derby as Dundee Stars host Fife Flyers from the Dundee Ice Arena in the Challenge Cup on Thursday 15th September. The following Wednesday, Premier Sports’ cameras will be live from the Planet Ice Altrincham, as Manchester Storm welcome Guildford Flames at the end of September, and Coventry Blaze host Cardiff Devils in the Challenge Cup before the NHL season returns in October.
This season, there will be new additions to the Premier Sports talent team as former Belfast Giants and Team GB international Colin Shields, and Team GB international Angela Taylor will be joining the coverage alongside lead presenter and 6-time Olympic broadcaster Aaron Murphy and former GB International as a player, and league winning coach with Belfast 2013/14, Paul Adey.
Colin Shields is the Great Britain all-time leading goalscorer with 42 goals, the Belfast Giants all-time appearance leader with 611 games as well as the being the Giants all-time leading goalscorer with 245 goals. His legacy at Belfast Giants is so big, his number 19 jersey is retired.
Angela Taylor is currently the Team GB Women’s under 18 coach and was Team GB captain during 2011-2013 with 46 caps at international level. Taylor played professionally in Switzerland from 2010-2018 where she spent six seasons with ZSC Lions scoring 113 goals and winning the Swiss championship five times.
Premier Sports are delighted to team up with a new facilities partner QTV to bring fans coverage of the Premier Sports Elite League throughout the season.
New and returning customers to Premier Sports can avail of a new annual offer this year of £80 on Sky and the Premier Player by using the promo code ELITE80. The offer will cover the full Premier Sports Elite League season and every live game on NHL, totalling over 500 games over the course of the year. Customers who avail of this offer will also get access to all of Premier Sports’ other coverage including LaLiga, Scottish Cup Football, United Rugby Championship, Rugby League Championship and more.
Opening live fixtures on Premier Sports:
- 15th September – Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers – Challenge Cup
- 21st September – Manchester Storm v Guildford Flames – Elite League
- 29th September – Coventry Blaze v Cardiff Devils – Challenge Cup
- 6th October – Sheffield Steelers v Guildford Flames – Elite League
- 21st October – Cardiff Devils v Belfast Giants – Elite League
- 9th November – Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze – Elite League
- 17th November – Coventry Blaze v Dundee Stars – Elite League
- 7th/8th December – Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
- 14th December - Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
- 27th December – Cardiff Devils v Coventry Blaze
Many more live fixtures to be added for 2023 including all teams, plus live and exclusive Challenge Cup Final coverage, and the entire Playoff Final Weekend.
Premier Sports ice hockey coverage begins on 2nd September as FreeSports will broadcast all six Belfast Giants fixtures in the Champions Hockey League. The Giants begin their European adventure in Czechia versus HC Oceláři Třinec at 3.50pm live on FreeSports.
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