Due to regional broadcast regulations set forth by the NHL, NHL game telecasts must be blacked out in certain areas of Canada. The broadcast boundaries for NHL games have been set by the NHL for over 20 years and continue today.
To help you better understand how you are impacted by blackouts, here is a basic summary of which games you can watch.
Specific team telecasts are available nationally as part of the following Sportsnet promotional games:
Hockey Night in Canada — Saturdays
- Hockey Night in Canada will broadcast 94 games featuring Canadian teams, 24 all-Canadian match-ups and 15 Original Six showdowns.
Rogers Hometown Hockey — Sundays
- The fourth year of Rogers Hometown Hockey will air 26 games from different communities coast-to-coast celebrating the nation’s passion for hockey (locations to be announced at a later date).
Rogers Tuesday Night Hockey — Tuesdays
Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey — Wednesdays
- There will be 33 regular season games featured on Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey in 2017-18, including six all-Canadian match-ups.
Depending on where you live you will have access to a different set of games.
Any Vancouver Canuck games on Sportsnet Pacific or the Sportsnet ONE companion channel Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey can only be seen in British Columbia and the Yukon.
Any Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers games on Sportsnet West or the Sportsnet ONE companion channels Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet Oilers can only be seen in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
For up to date information in case of schedule and last minute programming changes go to:
Why are Jets/Habs/Leafs/Sens games blacked out on TSN in my area?
Beginning in 2014, TSN captured regional broadcast rights to a package of Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators games. These regional broadcast rights allow TSN to deliver live coverage of the Habs/Jets/Leafs/Sens in the teams' respective broadcast regions. Each team's broadcast region is determined by the NHL, not TSN or TELUS. If you are receiving a blackout message during a Habs/Jets/Leafs/Sens game on TSN, then you live outside the teams' respective territory, as defined by the NHL.
Should you wish to subscribe to games for those teams that are not available on a national feed, you can get them on NHL Center Ice.
Current restrictions are as follows:
Features Winnipeg Jets games and the Jets games will be blacked out for customers outside of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwest Ontario.
Features Toronto Maple leaf games and the Maple leaf games will be blacked out for customers outside of Ontario and outside of Ottawa.
Features Ottawa Senators games and the Senators games will be blacked out for customers outside of southeastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada
NHL Centre Ice
To watch the games of your team outside of your region, you will need to subscribe to NHL Center Ice
If you subscribe to NHL Centre Ice, you can watch most NHL games but some games will still be blacked out for you:
- Nationally televised games are blacked out on NHL Centre Ice
- Games played by our regional teams (Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames) are blacked out on NHL Centre Ice but will be available on the local Sportsnet regional channel, Sportsnet1 or Sportsnet 360
- Games played by teams outside of our broadcast region will be available on NHL Centre Ice, unless the game is nationally televised
NHL Center Ice only broadcasts live games. During the day you will only see the splash screen if there are no games on at the time. You can record the games on this channel by simply navigating to the correct time when the game is supposed to happen and pressing record on your remote.
NHL Center Ice does not permit restart, so you will not be able to Look back if you missed a game.