Telecasts on NBCSN mark first-ever women’s professional hockey games on Major National Network in US
Exclusive coverage live on NBCSN, streams on NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App
NBC Sports and the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) have announced the 2021 Isobel Cup semifinals and final will air live exclusively on NBCSN on Feb. 4-5, 2021, from historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.
A press release noted, “The agreement between NBC Sports and the NWHL is a historic chapter for women’s professional hockey in the United States, marking the first-ever women’s professional hockey games to be shown live on a major national cable network in the United States.”
The single-elimination Isobel Cup semifinals will be shown live Thursday, Feb. 4 (5:30 and 8 p.m. ET). The winners of the semifinals will advance to the Isobel Cup Final on Friday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.). In addition to coverage on NBCSN, live coverage will stream exclusively on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
“Our partnership with NBC Sports is monumental for the visibility of the NWHL,” Commissioner Tyler Tumminia said. “Never before has women’s professional hockey had the opportunity to reach so many people on American television in the United States. As we have seen with the WNBA and NWSL this year, when women’s major league sports leagues are given a strong showcase, viewership is increased and countless new fans connect with the teams and players. NBC Sports provides the NWHL’s biggest games in our upcoming season in Lake Placid with best-in-class production and award-winning announcers. The NWHL will deliver intense, memorable hockey for the viewers on NBCSN as an Isobel Cup champion is crowned.”
Michael Perman, vice president, programming, NBC Sports, said, “As the home of hockey in the U.S., NBC Sports is proud to showcase the NWHL to a national audience. These historic broadcasts on NBCSN further our commitment to showcasing the game at all levels.”
Prioritizing the health and safety of the players, staff and all involved, the NWHL is playing its sixth season and the 2021 Isobel Cup Playoffs in a centralized and protected environment at the iconic 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5. The competition will feature the NWHL’s six teams: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and first-year expansion club the Toronto Six.