NHL Network Secures Rights To Televise Ice Hockey World Championships in U.S.
NHL Network has announced that it has secured the rights to televise the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in the United States from 2018 through 2020. NHL Network will provide complete coverage of the entire tournament, including game telecasts and comprehensive previews, highlights and analysis within its studio programming.
The rights agreement, made with Infront Sports & Media, a Wanda Sports company, comes as NHL Network is in the midst of its coverage of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, with live quarterfinal matchups scheduled for Thursday, May 18 with Russia vs. Czech Republic at 10:00 a.m. ET and Canada vs. Germany at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will take place from May 4-20 in Denmark at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen and at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning. Qualified teams for the 2018 tournament include Austria, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
NHL Network provides comprehensive coverage of international ice hockey events year-round. To date in the 2016-17 season, NHL Network has exclusively televised in the U.S. over 150 hours and more than 60 games of international ice hockey competition, including the IIHF World Junior Championship, the IIHF Women’s World Championship and IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, and NHL Network’s current coverage of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which is detailed here. Programming details and scheduling for the 2018 event will be announced at a later date.