It was an exciting new experience for hockey fans as the final and bronze medal matches of the New Zealand 2015 Ford National Hockey League were shown live on SKY Sport this September. New Zealand is among a growing number of nations that are making broadcast of their national leagues and championships a priority as they drive the development of the sport forward.

The televised games were the Women’s K Cup Final and Men’s Challenge Shield Final, along with the respective third and fourth place play-offs, which took place at Whangarei ITM Hockey Centre, on Sunday 20 September.

“It’s fantastic to have partnered with SKY for the finals day of the Ford National Hockey League,” said Hockey New Zealand Chief Executive Malcolm Harris.

“Having the men’s and women’s medal games broadcast gave hockey supporters, as well as those less familiar with the sport, a chance to tune in and see New Zealand’s best hockey players in action.”

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