TEAM GB HOCKEY NEWS: ESPN to broadcast Olympic Qualifiers, Team GB aim to make first Olympic appearance since 1948

Brilliant news for British ice hockey fans: the IIHF has announced that ESPN will be broadcasting Team GB’s attempts to reach the Olympic finals.  Here is the press release:

Ice Hockey UK (IHUK) are thrilled to announce that Great Britain’s matches at the Olympic final qualifiers in Riga, Latvia will be shown on ESPN television in the UK and Ireland.

The winners of the Group E tournament will progress through to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Great Britain begins with a match against hosts Latvia on Thursday 7th February 2013 (17:30 UK time). They will then face France on Friday 8th February (13:30). Both matches will be shown live.  Their final match with Kazakhstan on Sunday, 10th February will be shown either live or on delay. Viewers should check listings for details.

“The board of Ice Hockey UK are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce this deal,” said Ice Hockey UK general secretary Andy French. “GB Men are on the verge of something historic and this is reflected by the media interest in the trip to Latvia. We would like to thank ESPN for working with us for live coverage in the UK and Ireland.”

Commentary in Latvia will come from Aaron Murphy and David Simms.

Make a date for next Thursday, folks – it should be a great game with Team GB aiming to reach the Olympics for the first time since 1948!!!!!!


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