The NHL on NBC is the branding used for NBC and NBC Sports Network’s telecasts of National Hockey League games. While NBC has covered the league at various points in its history, the NHL returned to NBC from ABC beginning in 2006. Its current contract with the league runs until the year 2021.
As of 2012, NBC’s coverage includes: the annual NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game usually played on New Year’s Day; one national weekly regular season game each Sunday afternoon following the New Year; one week of regionally televised contests in February for Hockey Weekend Across America; coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; and one nationally televised game the day following Thanksgiving. NBC Sports Network’s coverage includes 90 regular season games, mostly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, throughout the NHL season, and shared coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with select playoff games also airing on CNBC.