In Russia, the games of the regular season and Stanley Cup before the season 2011/2012 broadcast company "NTV-plus" and "Viasat Sport" (by agreement with ESPN America). However, in the season 2011/2012 the rights to broadcast company bought the RTR. The matches of the National hockey League began to show on the TV channels Rossiya-2 and Sport-1. Despite the fact that during the games for the most part of territory of Russia was deep night, the matches were shown including live. Of course, during the day was the record matches for those who could not or did not want to watch hockey night.
Unfortunately fans of the National hockey League season 2012/2013 TV rights to broadcast matches in Russia more were not bought. This was done for several reasons. First, broadcast the night did not collect significant audience, respectively the cost of buying the rights has not always been justified. Secondly, in Russia there was a competitor to the NHL — the Kontinental hockey League. And, although the objective level of our League was slightly below, fans of hockey much more fun to watch matches involving their own, and not foreign teams. Moreover, the level of CHL on the order above all others existing in the world hockey leagues. During lockouts, which occur periodically over the ocean a star of world hockey are moving into Eurasia and delight the audience game in the NHL.
But fans of hockey at the highest level can not be upset, as the lack of broadcasts on national channels does not mean the impossibility of watching the matches in principle. In North America the matches of the National hockey League broadcast on 7 channels. NHL Network is showing the matches in USA and Canada, NBC Sports Network only in the USA. 5 TV Canada broadcast matches live and recording — TSN, CBC (English) and RDS, RIS (in French).
Broadcast on the Internet
If you don't live in North America, with a strong desire to locate the access channels to the Internet really. A small minus — absence of comments in the Russian language. However, if you want to enjoy the game, not the stories of the commentators, this problem is in principle reduced to zero.
If you find it difficult to find the necessary broadcast channel on the Internet, on the official site of the National hockey League to purchase for a reasonable amount of broadcast of the required match. Official website of the League are presented in the Russian language, so that difficulties with the selection and purchase of translation should arise.