Hockey East Announces Media Rights Agreement With ESPN and ESPN+; Extends partnership with NESN


AMESBURY, MA— Hockey East has inked a new six-year media rights agreement with ESPN and ESPN+ that will bring games from one of premier college hockey conferences to ESPN’s television and streaming platforms. The agreement covers the 21 NCAA Division I teams in both the men’s and women’s leagues beginning this fall through the 2027-28 season. In addition, the league has extended its longest-standing partnership with NESN to televise at least 50 Hockey East games per season.

The agreement includes over 300 games annually across all competitions available on ESPN+ and includes three games on ESPNU per season.

“Hockey East is excited to forge an exciting and expansive digital and linear partnership with ESPN,” said Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf. “By placing the best collegiate hockey conference in the ‘Home of Hockey,’ Hockey East can now offer our fans the premier live viewing experience across all sports and allow the league to showcase our student-athletes’ stories both on and off Ice cream.”

ESPN+ will stream all men’s and women’s home games throughout the season, as well as all men’s and women’s postseason tournaments. The Hockey East Women’s Tournament Championship is scheduled to be broadcast annually on an ESPN network.

“ESPN is proud to add exclusive rights to Hockey East, one of the sport’s premier conferences, to our ever-expanding portfolio of top-level ice hockey leagues and events,” said Dan Margulis, senior director of programming, ESPN. “With half of the 300+ games dedicated to women’s hockey each year, we’re excited to grow the sport across all ESPN platforms.”

As part of the renewal, NESN is scheduled to televise at least 50 Hockey East games each season. The table will feature some of the best matchups from both the men’s and women’s leagues in regular season and postseason competition. In addition, the TD Garden men’s semifinals and championship game will continue to be broadcast in full over the weekend by NESN.

“Hockey East is proud to continue its longstanding relationship with NESN, one of the strongest partners in the league’s entire history,” said Metcalf. “Extending our relationship with such an iconic New England brand was an easy decision as Hockey East strives to provide our fans with the best possible viewing experience each season. We look forward to working with NESN to create new and dynamic ways for Hockey East to reach our dedicated fanbase.”

“NESN’s affiliation with Hockey East stretches back to our inception in 1984, and the conference has delivered exciting competition every season since,” said Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO. “Hockey East programming is an integral part of our network and how we serve our sports fan base in New England, so we’re incredibly excited to have renewed our partnership.”

Hockey East will continue to cover NESN throughout the hockey season, with player and coach interviews as part of the NESN program. In 2021-22, NESN and Hockey East debuted episodes of Hockey East: My Storya collection of video features highlighting the background of players in both the men’s and women’s leagues and giving fans a glimpse into the lives of those who compete both on and off the ice at Hockey East.

The NESN schedule for 2022-23 will be announced at a later date.

About Hockey East

The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I collegiate men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and a 10-team Division I women’s league that began play in 2002–03. The men’s league has won 10 NCAA championships over the past 27 years, most recently in 2021. Since 1999, Hockey East has won eight men’s NCAA championships with 17 appearances in NCAA championship games, placing 28 teams in the Frozen Four and 74 teams in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Hockey East has entered 121 teams in the men’s NCAA tournament since its inaugural season, more than any other conference in that span. Hockey East is home to 11 Hobey Baker winners and four Patty Kazmaier winners.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry’s leading sports streaming service, bringing thousands of live sporting events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters across the United States offers. ESPN+ launched in April 2018 and has grown to more than 21.3 million subscribers.

ESPN+ programming includes exclusive UFC events, hundreds of MLB and NHL games, collegiate sports (including soccer, basketball and nearly a dozen other sports from 20 conferences), top-flight national and international soccer (LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, FA Cup , MLS). , Copa Del Rey, EFL Championship, Carabao Cup, Eredivisie and more), Golf (coverage from PGA Tour, The Masters and PGA Championship), Top Rank Boxing, Grand Slam Tennis, International and Domestic Rugby and Cricket, Exclusive ESPN+ Original Series and studio shows (including ESPN+ NFL PrimeTime, Peyton’s Places, Stephen A’s World, SportsNation, The Fantasy Show, Why Not Us, America’s Caddy, Detail, ESPN FC, Bettor Days, Our Time, The Ultimate Fighter, Dana White’s Contender Series and many more ) plus exclusive access to ESPN’s entire library of award-winning 30 for 30 movies.

Fans can sign up for ESPN+ for just $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) on,, or in the ESPN app (mobile and connected devices). It’s also available as part of The Disney Bundle, which gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads).

About NESN

NESN (New England Sports Network) is owned by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins and is distributed throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National. As the definitive source for sports programming in New England, NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the nation, with a reputation for innovative and award-winning production of sporting events and specials.

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