The National Hockey League (abbreviated NHL) is the top tier hockey organization in North America. While the NHL games are big in Canada, it continues to grow in popularity in the US. Currently, there are 31 teams in the league and each of them plays a total of 82 games. That means that the teams play a total of 1271 games from early October to April of the following year. If you are a hockey fan, there are ways to watch the matches around the world by using a VPN. First though. have a look at our favorites below.
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VPN providers like IPVanish and ExpressVPN host servers in countries around the world. That way, you can connect to any location and watch matches as if you were sitting at your favorite pub or internet cafe. That way, you can enjoy your favorite games you want to see.
With teams like the Las Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, and others, it is not hard to see why the NHL is so popular. In 1917, organizers from National Hockey Association founded the NHL. Back then, the NHL consisted of 7 teams located in Ontario and Quebec. Since that time, the league has grown into the juggernaut it is today. Now, we’ll take a quick look at some of the international broadcast partners.
- Scandinavian countries – Viasat Hockey
- African countries – Setanta Africa and Zuku Sports
- Middle East – Fox Sports Middle East
- New Zealand – Sky Sport 1-4
- Australia – Fox Sports
Remember, if you want to watch specific coverage, don’t have access to one of the options above, or you are traveling, you can sign up for one of the stand-alone streaming services to gain access. There are several that will work just fine. No matter where you are, you will need a VPN to watch your favorite coverage or sign up for it. Let’s take a look at some of the VPN options you can use.
We chose IPVanish for the list because they have very fast VPN servers in the United States and throughout Europe. Their server locations in Australia are also among the fastest in the industry. You will find that IPVanish offers a nice mix of speed and privacy. You can download their app for Windows and Mac. They also have a mobile app for iOS and Android. If you plan to watch sports on your Smart TV via Firestick or an Android box then you will appreciate that IPVanish has a custom app for those devices as well. That makes them a great choice to use to watch the NHL games.
|60||89||1,200||OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP, PPTP||$7.50||$58.49||7 day|
As well as quite a bit of coverage in North America, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network produces great speeds in North America and Europe when we perform our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations all over the 3 countries. You can select a location or an individual server from the drop-down menu.
IPVanish hosts a number of servers in the locations we mentioned above and you can choose to connect to any of them. If you see servers that have the letter “a” in the server name, those are the fastest. For example, you would look for one labeled similarly to tor-a01.ipvanish.com. (located in Toronto). In most cases, you will notice that the “a” servers are the fastest. We tested IPVanish servers in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver and found the speeds to be excellent in all three locations. However, you can expect good speeds in other countries as well.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick, and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee will cover you as a new member.
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to help unblock access to some great geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website.
|94||160||3,000||OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP, PPTP||$12.95||$99.95||30 day|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA and Canada, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. You may find that issue with the cities we mentioned. Simply select the “All” tab, open North America, and then open Canada. At this point, you can select the Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver server locations.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
|60||80||2960||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec||$11.99||$49.50||45 day|
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or others. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect Wi-Fi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
In this case, we decided to test several servers in Canada. You would start by clicking on the “Choose My Server” option. From there, you can expand any country and select a specific server. The CyberGhost network includes a number of servers in Canada. When we connected to them to test their performance and the results were as expected.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $2.75 a month during their current promotion.
How to Stream NHL Games Live
To start out, we will use IPVanish for the example of how to use a VPN service to watch the NHL games. First, you’ll want to download the VPN client. They offer client software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mobile users can download apps for iOS and Android. You can even use the IPVanish app to secure every device on your network. It will send all your communications through the VPN which extends support to devices like game consoles and streaming boxes. They even have an app for Amazon Fire TV devices.
Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software, it’s time to connect. Launch the IPVanish client and select a server location. For this demonstration, we’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client. You can also watch on your favorite mobile or streaming device.
- IPVanish has a large network of servers all over the world. Select a country in which you want to watch coverage. Some popular choices include US, UK, and Germany.
- We recommend you select IKEv2, OpenVPN (TCP), OpenVPN (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube, we use IKEv2 or OpenVPN (UDP) because it’s faster than TCP. They also support PPTP and L2TP. We still recommend OpenVPN UDP for the best mix of speed and privacy protection.
- After selecting the options, click the square connect button. After a few seconds, you’ll see the green square turn red. There will also be a message letting you know the “VPN is connected”
- You now have an IP address in the country you want to use, as far as anyone can tell online. As such, you can reach any of the sites or streaming services as if you were sitting in the country you chose. The same would be true if you connected to a server in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
- Now, you will use the credentials from your cable/satellite/streaming subscription account to log into the website you want to use to watch the games.
It is just that easy to do. Now that you have an IP address from an IPVanish server in the country you chose, you can browse the internet or watch your favorite NHL hockey teams as if you were actually there. The same is true from any country.
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