With the National Hockey League mired in its silly lockout, hockey fans have been jonesing for some puck action. While some fans turn to college hockey to get their fix, others are wondering if one American TV outlet would pick up the Kontinental Hockey League from Russia. Well, an American outlet has and it’s a bit surprising.
ESPN has signed a deal to stream KHL games on ESPN3. While it’s not on TV, at least US hockey fans will be able to watch games on their computers. Starting tomorrow, ESPN3 will stream games and will have five KHL games on its schedule over the next week. Here’s the announcement from the Kontinental Hockey League.
The Kontinental Hockey League has reached an agreement with the US sports TV channel ESPN to broadcast games in the 2012/2013 KHL Championship. The games will be shown on the ESPN3 channel in the United States, Territories of the United States, and also in Great Britain.
ESPN3 reaches 73 million American households and devotes most of its output to live broadcasts of events, including college football, college basketball, the NBA, MLB, ICC (International Cricket Council) competitions and qualifying matches of FIFA tournaments.
During the first ten days of October, the channel will broadcast five KHL games. The planned schedule includes:
- Dynamo Moscow vs Ak Bars on Oct. 3rd
- Lev vs SKA on Oct. 6th
- Slovan vs Dynamo Moscow on Oct. 7th
- CSKA vs SKA on Oct. 8th
- Lev vs Dynamo Moscow on Oct. 9th
That will do it.