MK Lightning games to appear on TV next season after Elite League deal with FreeSports

    Fans of Milton Keynes Lightning will be delighted to hear that the Elite League has agreed a deal to show games on FreeSports from next season.

    The new deal, announced today (Friday 20th July), will last for the next two seasons and will see FreeSports show one live Elite League game every two weeks.

    A mid-week highlights show will also be shown during weeks where a live game is not scheduled and a pre-season preview show is also due to be aired.

    The new deal is the latest positive step for hockey in the UK, with Team GB winning gold at this year's Division 1A World Championships, earning promotion back into the top tier of international hockey - joining the likes of Canada, USA, Sweden and Russia.

    The opportunity to grow the sport in this country has never been greater, with Liam Kirk of the Sheffield Steelers being the first English-born and trained player to be drafted in the NHL, by the Arizona Coyotes.

    He joined Tony Hand and Colin Shields as the only full-blown Brits to have that honour.

    The schedule of games being aired next season has not yet been announced, but it will be an excellent opportunity for MK Lightning fans when the team are given their opportunity in front of the cameras.

    The Elite League is also set to have 60 regular season games in 2018/19, with each team facing each other six times across the season (three at home, three away).

    With even more games being played next season, it is a fair expectation that the Lightning are given their fair share of televised games - improving exposure of the sport across the country.

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