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Type TV channel
Country Ukraine
Founded January 22, 2012
Slogan Big Hockey come back!
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Area Ukraine
Owner Borys Kolesnikov
Key people
Yuriy Gromnytskiy (general producer), Olexander Borysenko (executive director), Olexander Maschenko (general editor)
Picture format
4:3 SDTV
Official website
Hockey TV

XSPORT (formerly Hockey TV (Ukrainian: Хокей) until 10 June 2013)[1] is a Ukrainian language sport channel, founded by Borys Kolesnikov. Kolesnikov, who also owns HC Donbass, created the channel with the intent of broadcasting hockey in Ukraine. The channel was launched on 22 January 2012, and is available to the whole country of Ukraine through cable and satellite: in Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lutsk, Lviv and Sevastopol, and other cities. First hockey match that was shown on this channel was Edmonton Oilers - Calgary Flames. To cater for demand for other sporting events on the channel other than hockey, the channel was renamed XSport.


League Seasons Matches per week Method of broadcast Contract Overview
Ukraine Professional Hockey League Start with 2011/2012 3-5 Yes
Russia Kontinental Hockey League Start with 2011/2012 5-7 (mostly - live) All HC Donbass matches Yes
Russia Russian Major League Start with 2011/2012 3 Only HC Donbass matches and play-offs Yes
United States NHL Start with 2011/2012 Near 15 Until 2015/2016[2][3] Yes
Czech Republic Czech Extraliga Start with 2011/2012 Only overview Yes
Europe Euro Ice Hockey Challenge Start with 2011/2012 Only Ukraine men's national ice hockey team matches[4] No
IIHF World Championship Start with 2012 All matches, 80% - live[5] No
IIHF World Championship Division I Start with 2012 All matches in group where Ukraine men's national ice hockey team takes part Yes

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Спортивный телеканал XSport начнет вещание 10 июня
  2. ^ "NHL expands television footprint abroad". NHL.com. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Hockey signed contract with NHL for 5 years". gazeta.ua. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Hocket will broadcast all Euro Ice Hockey Challenge matches (with Ukraine men's national ice hockey team)" (in Ukrainian). Телекритика. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Hockey will broadcast all matches of the 2012 IIHF World Championship" (in Ukrainian). Телекритика. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-06-02.