NHL releases U.S. Television schedule

NBC, and OLN released today the schedule of the U.S. Nationally televised NHL schedule, and both schedules have one thing in common: There is hardly any Canadian team on it.

In fact, OLN will be the only one to carry a Canadian team (Montreal), which they will do only twice in the entire schedule they released today. NBC does not have any games scheduled with any of the Canadian teams. However, all U.S. teams will be seen at least once.

The teams that will be showcased the most overall (combining both the OLN and NBC schedule) are Detroit, the New York Rangers, and Colorado with a total of 12 games shown, in all cases 8 of them on OLN, and 4 on NBC. While U.S. viewers will only be able to see Columbus, Nashville, and Carolina only once, all of which will be on OLN.

The last Stanley Cup winner, The Tampa Bay Lightning will be shown a total of 6 times (5 games on OLN), while the Calgary Flames are one of the Canadian teams that will not be shown at all.

A break-down of the teams and how many times will be shown in each network looks as follows:


    BOS 8

    COL 8

    DET 8

    NYR 8

    STL 8

    DAL 7

    PHI 7

    PIT 7

    MIN 6

    WAS 6

    CHI 5

    TB 5

    LA 4

    NYI 4

    PHO 4

    SJ 4

    ANA 2

    ATL 2

    BUF 2

    FLA 2

    MON 2

    NJ 2

    CAR 1

    CLB 1

    NAS 1


    COL 4

    DAL 4

    DET 4

    NYR 4

    PHI 4

    BOS 3

    PIT 3

    LA 2

    STL 2

    ANA 1

    ATL 1

    MIN 1

    NYI 1

    SJ 1

    TB 1

The entire schedule can be found here: Click here

20 Responses to NHL releases U.S. Television schedule

  1. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    That sounds right considering OLN in Canada will not be showing hockey. NHL will only be shown on OLN in the US, Gary Bettman had mentioned that on a previous interview on the FAN 590, that I had heard when the TV deal went down. I think its better like that anyway, get the American fans into their American teams.

    The only thing I disagree with is the lack of coverage for the newer NHL teams ie. Columbus, Nashville, Atlanta, etc. It seems to me if you want to grow hockey in those markets you would give them National exposure.

  2. distance7 says:

    It’s still better than ESPN. They never showed Canadian teams either, and no one cared enough to complain about that, so I don’t see this as much of a change.

    Besides, ESPN would show every Red Wings/Rangers game, depending on what your region was. So this is a welcome change.

  3. Leafnation9 says:

    Flames Vs Sharks Feb 6th, 2006 on OLN

  4. Flyer_Dman says:

    Yea, your totally right. But to be honest, I honestly know guys that know nothing about hockey, but if a Detroit Colorado game is on, they wouldn’t miss it for the world. Its just the way it is around here. Big time teams get watched, others don’t. But again, your right, the other teams will never reach a “big time” level if they arent ever televised.

  5. Flyer_Dman says:

    Good. Not showing Iginla once all season seemed strange.

  6. Aetherial says:

    … and the point is what?

    I am glad, as all hockey fans should be, that the U.S. teams get as much coverage as possible.

    The fan base is already, and always has been, solid in Canada.

    I am sure I will see enough Canadian team games to keep me happy.

  7. mrleaffan says:

    Mar 13, 2006 Canucks 0 Stars 0 8:30 PM EST OLN

    Flames, Canadiens, and Canucks…. where’s the LEAFS!!

  8. rojoke says:

    The real question is how flexible is that schedule, especially on the NBC side of it. If they have a scheduled game in March which features two teams out of the playoffs, and there’s another game which feature two teams fighting for the division or a conference playoff spot, are they allowed to switch. If there’s no up front money involved, and the league is getting a share of the profits, then it would be a wise idea to allow NBC a little room to adjust their schedule to air games which which draw a bigger audience.

  9. robinson19 says:

    Who cares? Americans are busy watching Football, Basketball, Bowling, Golf, WWE, Nascar, Bass Fishing, and turkey hunting.

    I’m joking around, but in all seriousness, come on, the average Tampa Bay resident didn’t realize the Bolts had won in 2004! What do they care about the Edmonton Oilers or the Ottawa Senators! Where’s that, in Mexico?

  10. rojoke says:

    Assuming they settle the strike. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the nuts, if the only feed for Saturday night games they could get was from RDS? Or would they do like they’ve done for CFL games, and air the games without announcers. Their ratings have actually gone up when they’ve done that.

  11. mikster says:

    The best way for hockey to pick up in the states is to increase the coverage of US college leagues. USA is big on college sports and general sports fans who follow colleges will feel more familiar with the teams, like Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota….

    Then Team USA must come up big in 2006. At least put up a nice show and get a Bronze.

    The major difference of the future is for USA to build its own Crosby version, or just future super star.

    So far, Phil Kessel has been a flashy player to watch, and we hope he will continue to develop into a top pick.

    Although that will take some time, the WJC should also be televised. USA hockey is the key to success in NHL USA hockey.

    The schedule does not look all that bad and it’s best to start off with the teams that draw more ratings for a new network.

    Rangers vs Flyers, nice way to start it off even if it will be a 5-1 for the Flyers, but Nieminen puts Forsberg on the IR for 5 months!!!

  12. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    I just think they have to put the marketing machine behind it. They haven’t marketed the players or the league correctly at all the last 15 years or so. More money needs to be spent on marketing and advertising and finding ways to reach the target fan, in new and innovative ways. Get the players out there, send them to troubled neighbourhoods, more charity work, more hype through different methods other than the traditional ways of always doing things.

  13. Kraut182 says:

    Seems to me that it would make sense to still show Canadian team games, as a lot of American hockey fans are transplanted or 1st-generation removed Canadians. Teams like the Leafs or Canadiens probably have just as many fans in places like Florida as the Panthers do.

    It would suck to have moved down there and find out that your team won’t be on T.V. because you’ve changed countries. Would there be anyway (just curious) that you would be able to get CBC/TSN/Sportsnet in the States? I’m guessing not …

  14. FlyersFanForever says:

    We all know that’s not going to happen. But, if it does it’s all out war for the rest of the year. This means that at least 1 Ranger player will be destroyed in every Phil/NYR game after that. So much for rebuilding, but of course, what would Sather know about that. F’in handjob. Not you, but Sather. I would like to make that separation and not attack you personally. There are too many 13 yr old losers on this site which has been demostrated again and again and again and so on……..NYR is going down on the 5th.

  15. splendidchink says:

    Deal with it….and watch HNIC.

  16. splendidchink says:

    you can still watch it in Florida-I’m in Naples and get everything, although a strong rain does wipe it out.

  17. flyers_rule_leafs_suck says:

    Just do what i’m doing….pay $150 to get every team every night all season long on comcast!

  18. hoffman900 says:

    Whatever. Here in Montreal Radio-Canada only broadcasts Canadiens games and CBC The other canadian teams (correct me on this one if I’m wrong). On RDS you get the Canadiens games that were not on RC.

    Why should american broadcasters go out of their way to show canadian teams?

  19. McLarenchamp says:

    Actually it’s the other way around, RDS shows almost every game of the Habs during the season, Radio Canada will show verry few games IE Sat. afternoon games.

    I agree though, what does an american care about seeing a game between the Habs and the Leafs. It’s the same here in Canada, we don’t cares if the Red Sox play the Yankees.

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