NHL Network (Canada)

NHL Network (Canada)
NHL Network
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NHL Network logo
Launched October 4, 2001
Owned by National Hockey League consortium[1] (58%)
CTV Specialty Television Inc. (21.42%) (via Bell Media)
Insight Sports Ltd. (20.58%)
Slogan The Home of Hockey
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) NHL Network USA
Website NHL Network
Bell TV Channel 421
Shaw Direct Channel 465
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Bell Aliant TV Channel 108
Bell Fibe TV Channel 448
MTS Channel 193
Optik TV Channel 118
SaskTel Channel 123

NHL Network is a Canadian English language Category B specialty television channel broadcasting ice hockey programming. The channel's primary focus is on the National Hockey League (NHL), although it occasionally airs games from other leagues, such as minor league and international circuits, to fill its schedule.

The channel is owned by The NHL Network Inc., a venture consisting of a consortium from the National Hockey League,[1] CTV Specialty Television Inc., and Insight Sports Ltd.



In November 2000, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted approval to former NHL executive Jim Gregory on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated (formed later as The NHL Network Inc.) to launch The Hockey Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television dedicated exclusively to all aspects of the game of hockey".[2] The channel launched on October 4, 2001 as NHL Network.[3]



NHL Network features a variety of programming related to ice hockey, primarily from the NHL, including live and tape-delayed games from present and past seasons, documentaries, news and analysis series, and more.


  • NHL Live! – A television simulcast of the XM Satellite Radio show NHL Live!. Airs Monday to Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and is rebroadcast from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Top 10 – A nightly countdown show of anything hockey, from great performances to memorable moments.
  • Frozen in Time – A look back at the NHL's greatest moments from players, teams, and special events.
  • Classic Series – A collection of highlights from a past Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Airs daily.
  • Vintage Games – A whole NHL game from the past aired in its entirety.
  • NHL All Access – A behind-the-scenes look at the NHL, featuring exclusive game coverage, interviews with players, and much more.
  • NHL Cool Shots – A behind-the-scenes look at NHL players and their lives away from the rink.
  • NHL on the Fly: Final – A wrap-up of the all the day's games. Airs nightly following NHL on the Fly.

Live games

  • NHL games – Live coverage of 40-plus games throughout the season, including four "Fan Favourite" games.

Special Event Coverage

  • National Hockey League All-Star Game – Complimentary coverage including Coach’s Round Table, Meet the Young Stars, East and West practices, All-Star media availability, Red Carpet Saturday, and All-Star pre-game live from the dressing rooms.
  • NHL Entry Draft – Complimentary coverage of Round 1 on Friday and live exclusive coverage of Rounds 2-7 on Saturday.

See also


  1. ^ a b Consortium ownership per CRTC ownership charts: National Hockey League - 20%; Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames - 26.67% each
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-601 CRTC 2000-12-14
  3. ^ ESPN MediaZone Canada website

External links

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