NHL’s National Television Show 2021-22 for The Walt Disney Co. and Turner Sports was announced Thursday.
Walt Disney Co. will broadcast 103 games across ESPN, ESPN +, Hulu and ABC, with 75 games exclusively on ESPN + and Hulu, 28 exclusively on ESPN and ABC and 1,000 out-of-market games available on ESPN +. This will include games Tuesday and Thursday throughout the regular season and exclusive games on ESPN + and Hulu every Friday until January, then every Thursday for the rest of the season.
ESPN broadcasts television for a season that opens doubleheader on October 12th. Pittsburgh Penguins visit Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning (19:30 ET) before the expansion of the Seattle Kraken plays at the Vegas Golden Knights (22:00 ET).
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Other highlights include the Kraken, playing their first home game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Climate Pledge Arena on October 23 (22:00 ET), and the penguins visiting the Washington Capitals on December 10 (19:00 ET).
ESPN will broadcast the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in 2022 on February 4 with the All-Star Game from Las Vegas on ABC the following day. ABC will air 10 Saturday games beginning in February and the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown between St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on November 26 (13:00 ET).
ESPN, NHL and The Walt Disney Co. agreed to a seven-year TV, streaming and media rights deal on March 10, which includes exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup final on ABC for four of its seven years with the option of simulcast on ESPN + and additional ESPN networks.
ESPN has previously announced its study and broadcast program, which includes analysts Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, Kevin Weekes and John Tortorella, among other. Sean McDonough, Steve Levy, Leah Hextall, John Buccigross and Bob Wischusen will be play-by-play TV stations.
TNT begins its schedule with a doubleheader on October 13 with the New York Rangers at the Capitals (19:30 ET) and the Blackhawks at the Colorado Avalanche (22:00 ET), the first of exclusive coverage 25 Wednesday nights during the season, which includes 15 double cuts. TNT will also broadcast seven weeks of matches on Sunday afternoons in March and April.
Among the 50 games to be televised in the NHL on TNT’s schedule include three outdoor games: the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic between the Blues and Minnesota Wild at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball, on January 1st. (time TBD); 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series between Lightning and Nashville Predators at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans in the NFL, February 26 (19:30 ET) and 2022 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic between Buffalo Sabers and Toronto Maple Leafs at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario on March 13 (3:00 PM ET).
Other highlights of the TNT schedule include the Blackhawks at Kraken on November 17 (22:00, ET); the penguins of the Edmonton Oilers on December 1 (22:00 ET); Boston Bruins at the Montreal Canadiens on January 12 (19.00 ET) and Maple Leafs at Rangers on January 19 (19.30).
Turner Sports and the NHL announced a seven-year media rights deal on April 27 that will have regular season and post-season televisions on TNT and TBS starting this season and running through 2027-28. It will broadcast all Stanley Cup final matches in 2023, 2025 and 2027 television, a conference final series each season and half of the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup final plus 72 matches in the regular season per. Season including the NHL Winter Classic in each of the seven seasons of the agreement.
Turner Sports announced its entire studio and broadcast team on Tuesday, which includes Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter and Rick Tocchet as study analysts, Keith Jones as ice analyst and Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk as the leading broadcast team.