The Premier League season might be over in the UK but there’s plenty of American sport to watch and in the NHL ice hockey, the final is upon us. Here’s how to watch the Stanley Cup Final online in the UK and outside the US or Canada. Including for free.
NHL Stanley Cup Final 2019: UK dates and times
After hotly contested play-offs where the San Jose Sharks looked like they would make it, the Boston Bruins and St Louis Blues are into the Stanley Cup Final.
Here's when to watch the final matches - seven in total if they are all needed - in the UK:
- Game 1 - 28 May, 1.00am BST (Bruins 4-2 Blues)
- Game 2 - 30 May, 1.00am BST (Bruins 2-3 Blues)
- Game 3 - 2 June, 1.00am BST
- Game 4 - 4 June, 1.00am BST
- Game 5 - 7 June, 1.00am BST
- Game 6 - 10 June, 1.00am BST
- Game 7 - 13 June, 1.00am BST
Watch Stanley Cup Final live stream in the UK and aboard
In the UK, there are no regular TV channels like BBC or Sky that show NHL ice hockey so you'll need to tune in via other methods. Premier Sports shows NHL in the UK and this year will be available live rather than blocked for 24 hours..
In Canada, CBC is broadcasting a live stream of the Stanley Cup Final online for free making it your best shot at tuning in. So when a game is on you can head to the website to watch. You’ll need to use a VPN so the website thinks you are browsing locally.
NBC has the rights to broadcast ice hockey in the US but to watch a live stream via the website you'll need not only a VPN, but also a valid cable subscription log in that includes the channel. So unless you have a kind contact on the other side of the pond, that’s not a great option.
NHL.tv is another and it will only cost $4.99 to watch the finals (with restrictions and blackouts). You'll need to use a VPN to browse from somewhere where Stanley Cup Final games are not blacked out.