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NHL Radio is the official national radio broadcaster of the National Hockey League, covering the Stanley Cup Finals, both Conference Finals, selected early round playoff action, the All-Star Game, the NHL Winter Classic and a selected number of regular-season games. The package is distributed by Westwood One[2] and premiered in the 1993-94 season. This arrangement lasted through the end of the 2007-08 season[3] until it was relaunched for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, through the network's NBC Sports Radio service.[4] The contract was continued for the 2016-17 season with a playoff game of the week, both conference finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Winter Classic and select regular season games being added. [5]

NHL Radio
Other namesNHL Game of the Week[1]
Running time180 minutes or until game ends
Country of origin United States,  Canada
Created byWestwood One
Recording studioThe site of the games
Original release1993 – present
Audio formatStereophonic sound


NHL Radio's blackout rulesEdit

Within 75 miles of a team's home arena, only stations the team or its flagship station contracts with can carry those games, regardless if the team is home or away. Thus, any competing station that carries Westwood One broadcasts cannot air those games.

Unlike Westwood One's NFL coverage, there are currently no blackout restrictions on internet streaming of NHL games, with the games being streamed on NBC Sports Radio's website and on apps such as TuneIn.



  1. ^ Westwood One: NHL Game of the Week
  2. ^ NHL Radio no longer on Westwood One
  3. ^ If you're looking for the Stanley Cup finals on radio, you can stop hitting the buttons. Unless you have the XM satellite service, you aren't finding the games. Unlike years past, no national radio network is carrying the event. Thus in the St. Louis market - where listeners can hear indoor football, women's soccer, Frontier League baseball and high school sports - the championship series in one of the supposed "major" sports is a no-show. "In the past, the Stanley Cup finals were carried by Westwood One, but they don't have it this year and nobody offered it to us, said Jason Barrett, programming director at sports-talk station WXOS (101.1 FM).
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  8. ^ He also called the 1993 and 1994 NHL All-Star Games and the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL Radio Network. Archived 2008-05-30 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Over the last five seasons, Ralph has also done play-by-play and ice-level reporting for NHL Radio for World Cup and NHL regular season and playoff games, including the last two Western Conference Final series’. Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine

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