NHL returns to primetime across Europe with increased number of live games

As part of the National Hockey League’s continued commitment to fans abroad, the NHL and its international broadcast partners will increase the number of primetime live game broadcasts in Europe during the 2021-22 season.

The new NHL Saturday and NHL Sunday (formerly NHL European Game of the Week) weekly broadcast windows will deliver 36 games to fans in more than 30 countries and territories across Europe. Originally introduced in 2018 to spotlight the NHL’s biggest stars to their home countries in primetime, this season’s showcase will begin with the Arizona Coyotes-Buffalo Sabres game broadcast on Saturday 16 October.

Currently, 16 NHL international broadcast partners and platforms, including rent Group in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Iceland and the Baltics; Sky Sports in Germany; Nova Sport in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; Puls 4 in Austria; UPC MySports in Switzerland; Yandex.Efir and Wink in Russia; ESPN in Africa and the Netherlands; SportTV in Portugal; United Media in the Balkans; Setanta Sports in Eurasia and Ukraine; and Max Sport in Bulgaria, among others, will broadcast games live in primetime locally throughout the regular season.

International broadcast partners will enrich their live coverage with pre-game and post-game studio shows. NHL game feeds produced specifically for European viewers of NHL Saturday and NHL Sunday programming will help to enhance the viewing experience.

SAP returns as the presenting sponsor and will continue to provide statistical insights for use in game broadcasts and other custom content and promotions throughout the season.

The NHL’s language counterparts to NHL.com in Czech, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Slovak, Swedish and Spanish will also offer daily game summaries, video highlights, player interviews and feature stories.

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