You might be a diehard fan with eyes only for your hometown team. Or maybe you’re an NHL junkie who never misses a league game, regardless of who’s playing. Either way, you’ve probably wondered how to watch hockey online.
Thankfully, there’s the internet, which is chock full of hockey live streams and chances to watch hockey live. So, let’s settle the question of how to watch hockey without cable once and for all.
Which hockey leagues can I stream?
There are streaming services that cover just about every hockey league out there. If you want to watch hockey live from any of these leagues, there’s a way to do it:
- American Hockey League (AHL)
- Atlantic Hockey
- Big Ten
- Hockey East Association (HEA)
- National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC)
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
Live TV streaming services for hockey
CBS All Access
CBS All Access may not be your answer to catching the pros, but you can definitely watch semi-pro and college hockey games. With CBS All Access, you can watch the AHL and a lot of NCAA hockey, including HEA and NCHC games.
It’s only $5.99/mo. (and 15% off if you bill annually), and there’s a 7-day free trial, although a credit card is required to sign up. The service has apps for Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV, LG TV, Playstation 4, Roku, Samsung, Vizio and Xbox One. You can also enjoy its programming on smartphones.
Visit our CBS All Access review to read more. Sign up for a CBS All Access free trial below:
ESPN+ is ESPN’s standalone streaming service, with exclusive NHL games. If you want to catch every single NHL game this season, you’ll need to add ESPN+ to your roster. To be clear, ESPN+ is separate from the traditional ESPN network, so even if you have access to ESPN, you’ll need to subscribe to the standalone service, as well.
At only $4.99/mo. (or $49.99/yr.), it’s the cheapest plan on this list. For that, you’ll get three simultaneous streams, along with the ability to stream live, rewind and replay or download content to watch later. ESPN+ works with all major devices, including Android, Chromecast, Fire TV, iOS, Roku, Samsung, PS4 and Xbox One.
Visit our ESPN+ review to read more. Sign up for ESPN+ below:
If you’re after games from the Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, NCHC or WCHA leagues, check out FloHockey. For $12.50/mo., you’ll get access to tons of collegiate matchups. You can even watch up to 12 streams at once (provided all devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi).
FloHockey has apps for Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. You can also download the app to your mobile phone or tablet and watch from anywhere. Unfortunately, there’s no free trial option at this time.
fuboTV will allow you to catch NHL games broadcast on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network. (As with all services, you’ll have to subscribe to ESPN+ to gain access to its exclusive games.)
On the other hand, fuboTV doesn’t offer CBS, so you’ll be out of luck for any AHL, HEA or NCHC matchups. If you want to watch semi-pro or college games, you’ll need to subscribe to an additional source.
For $54.99/mo., subscribers have access to 3 simultaneous streams and 500 hours of cloud DVR space. fuboTV has apps for Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV and more. You can also download the mobile app through the App Store or Google Play. You can see how you like it with a seven-day free trial.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV will get you CBS and NBC, plus all of those network’s regional sports channels, which means you can catch games from the AHL, HEA and NCHC.
Additionally, with access to NBC, you’ll be able to watch about half of the NHL’s nationally broadcast games.
The service extends a seven-day free trial. After that, it runs $54.99/mo., provides 2 simultaneous streams and offers 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. You can also watch from anywhere with its mobile app.
For home setup, Hulu + Live TV has apps for Apple TV (4th gen), Chromecast, Fire TV, LG TV (select models), Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Roku, Samsung (select models), Xbox One and Xbox 360.
If you’re a diehard NHL fan who wants to watch your local team’s every out-of-market game, you might want to look at NHL.TV. Bear in mind that the app doesn’t carry nationally televised games, and local blackout restrictions apply. The service costs $24.99/mo. or $144.99/yr.
NHL.TV allows you to pause and rewind during live broadcasts and has apps for AppleTV, Chromecast, Fire TV, iOS, Playstation, Roku and Xbox. The service is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets.
Sling TV provides flexibility when it comes to choosing which channels matter most to you, offering three packages: Blue, Orange and Blue + Orange.
With Sling’s Blue plan ($30/mo.), you’ll get access to NHL games broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Sling Orange ($30/mo.) features ESPN (but remember, you’ll need ESPN+ to watch NHL games) — it also doesn’t provide NBC. Sling Orange isn’t the best bet for hockey fans.
If you want ESPN for non-hockey reasons, you can choose the comprehensive Sling Blue + Orange plan (slightly discounted at $45/mo.)
Sling also offers a “Sports Extras” package, which includes the NHL network. It costs $10/mo. and must be added to one of Sling’s base-level plans. If purchased with either Sling Blue or Blue + Orange, you’ll be able to watch any nationally broadcast NHL games except those found on ESPN+.
Sling TV comes with 10 hours of free cloud DVR storage, so you can watch the game at your leisure. You can have Sling both in your home and on the go thanks to its smartphone, tablet and TV apps. It’s compatible with most major devices, including Chromecast, FireTV, Roku, LG TV, Samsung, Xbox One and more. There’s no free trial, but Sling TV gives a $10 discount to new subscribers.
YouTube TV doesn’t offer NHL Network, but it does provide access to FOX and NBC regional sports networks, plus CBS, ESPN and NBC. So you can watch games broadcast from the AHL, HEA and NCHC.
You can try YouTube TV free for a week. After that, it’ll cost $49.99/mo. It comes with unlimited cloud DVR storage (for nine months at a time), six accounts per household and three simultaneous streams. If there’s more than one person in your household watching, YouTube TV could be the way to go.
YouTube TV works with Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV, LG TV, Playstation, Roku, Samsung, Sharp, Vizio and Xbox One. You can also find its mobile apps through the App Store and Google Play.
Visit our YouTube TV review to read more.
Where to watch hockey online isn’t always straightforward, and finding the best hockey live stream options can be challenging. Still, there are enough options to make sure you can watch your favorite team. So, start streaming and enjoy all the hockey action you can handle.