September 13, 2016 – Hockey fans will be pleased to hear the latest announcement by Sport 24, the 24/7 inflight sports channel, as it will be showing live coverage of both the National Hockey League (NHL) and the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on its two channels.
Every World Cup of Hockey tournament game (round robin, semi-final and final) will be shown live on either Sport 24 or Sport 24 Extra, starting on September 17.
The channels, which are owned and operated by IMG, will also be showing three games a week from the NHL, beginning with the season opener on October 12. Sport 24 will broadcast each game in the 2017 Stanley Cup Play-Offs and 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Richard Wise, SVP at IMG Media, said, “There is a lot of excitement around the return of the World Cup of Hockey after a 12-year absence, with teams competing from all parts of the world. This will no doubt whet the appetite for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, just a few days after the conclusion of the World Cup.”
He added, “The addition of Sport 24 Extra this summer will allow us to show more live coverage of both competitions than we would have been able to previously. Airline travelers are in for a treat, alongside our other top action.”
The World Cup of Hockey will feature eight teams in two groups for a preliminary round that will run September 17-22. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the semi-finals, which will be played September 24 and 25. The winners meet in a best-of-three final, with games played September 27 and 29 and, if necessary, October 1. All tournament games will be played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
The eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will include Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA.
Sport 24 recently broadcast coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and regularly shows live action from the Premier League, NFL, UEFA Champions League, NBA, Bundesliga, Formula 1, MotoGP, all four golf majors and each of the tennis Grand Slams.