The Elite Ice Hockey League has today announced a new weekly highlights show, which is to be shown on free to air television.
The highlights show, ‘Facing Off’, which launches on Thursday night, will be readily available to million of homes across the UK and Northern Ireland through Freeview, FreeSat, BT and Sky, on new sports channel Front Runner.
The one hour show will feature all 10 Elite League teams, with the best of the action from the matches across, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme will be shown at 6pm on Thursdays, 10pm on Fridays and 9am on Saturdays.
Elite League director Neil Black is delighted to have ice hockey back on free-to-air television:
“I think it is very important because we have been off the screens so far this season and we have been pretty invisible the last few years on free-to-air TV.
“Front Runner are new and enthusiastic and want to progress things themselves. I think it is good for us to be working with somebody, who is very keen on making this a much better product and working very hard on attracting new viewers to their channels.”
Ryan Scarratt, of Front Runner, said:
“Ice hockey is a new sport for Front Runner and we’re excited to be offering these action-packed games exclusively for free to our viewers.
“We feel that there are sports out there that deserve more television air time, and the Elite Ice Hockey League is among them. These matches are certainly intense and nail-biting, so be sure to tune into Facing Off.”
The programme will be made by production company Televideo, which has had a long relationship with ice hockey having previously made shows for Sky Sports. Paul Scivill, Managing Director of Televideo said:
“We are delighted to be working with the Elite League again and with a new channel in Front Runner.
“Ice hockey is a great sport and we are looking forward to making a programme which will appeal to fans, both new and old.”
Front Runner broadcasts on a number of platforms and is available on Sky channel 468, Freesat channel 250, Freeview channel 91 and BT channel 91.