How to watch the men’s Olympic hockey tournament

Men's ice hockey begins play at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games tomorrow at Noon ET. It may be the last time we see the best-on-best version of the tournament, at least if noted baby Ed Snider has his way. That said, much like every other Olympic hockey tournament, you're hoping it'll be the best one you've ever seen. 

Here at PDL, we'd like to help you follow the tournament, since it's a little different from the typical NHL broadcasting set up for Americans. We bring you some of the FAQ I've gotten about the Olympics on TV. 

Who is televising it?

The networks of NBCUniversal are the home for the Olympic Games through the end of the current decade, which means they've got Sochi's. NBC Sports Network — cable home of the National Hockey League — will broadcast most of the games, including all of Team USA's pool play, the semifinals and Bronze Medal match.

MSNBC, which also airs some Stanley Cup Playoff games, and the USA Network will provide supplemental coverage. USA Network will be worth keeping an eye on because they'll broadcast all of Team Canada's pool play games.

Can I watch games online?

Sure you can. NBC's Olympic web site streams… well, pretty much everything except for the Opening Ceremony, and hockey will be no different.

Is it NHL on NBC talent calling all of the games?

For the most part. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire have the call for Team USA's games and the Gold Medal Game. Dave Strader and Kenny Albert will also provide play-by-play, and Brian Engblom will also provide color commentary. 

In the studio, Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick will all be contributing. NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen will serve as a supplemental host for times when there are multiple games being broadcast at once. Like tomorrow afternoon's double openers (Czech Republic-Sweden, Switzerland-Latvia) for example. 

The NBC Olympic broadcasts of other sports are known to be terribly time delayed. Will all of the games be broadcast live in all time zones? Even NBC's Gold Medal Game telecast?

Yes, everything will be shown live in all time zones. NBC had one glaring problem in Vancouver, where they aired that Czech Republic-Russia game where Alex Ovechkin murdered Jaromir Jagr in cold blood tape delayed to the west coast. That won't happen this year, as everything is live. 

What will broadcasts look like? 

From the looks of the women's tournament, pretty good. The camera angle is a little zoomed out for my taste, but it appears to be from a solid vantage point. Pierre McGuire somehow got the IOC to let him do "inside the glass" during the Olympic tournament from a foreign venue, so expect to see that. 

Is there any sort of studio recap show I should know about?

The NHL Network — long the bane of my existence — will shockingly have a presence in Sochi. NHL Tonight: Sochi Edition will be a half-hour recap show every day at 3 p.m. ET following the day's action. It'll rerun for the next five hours, so you can't miss it. Tappen will host. 

Can I see a full TV schedule?


2014 Men's Olympic hockey tournament TV schedule
Date Time Game Network
Feb. 12 Noon ET Czech Republic vs. Sweden MSNBC
  Noon ET Latvia vs. Switzerland USA
Feb. 13 3 a.m. ET Finland vs. Austria NBCSN
  7:30 a.m. ET Slovakia vs. United States NBCSN
  7:30 a.m. ET Russia vs. Slovenia MSNBC
  Noon ET Canada vs. Norway USA
Feb. 14 3 a.m. ET Czech Republic vs. Latvia MSNBC
  7:30 a.m. ET Sweden vs. Switzerland NBCSN
  Noon Canada vs. Austria USA
  Noon Norway vs. Finland MSNBC
Feb. 15 3 a.m. ET Slovakia vs. Slovenia MSNBC
  7:30 a.m. ET United States vs. Russia NBCSN
  Noon ET Switzerland vs. Czech Republic NBCSN
  Noon ET Sweden vs. Latvia USA
Feb. 16 3 a.m. ET Austria vs. Norway USA
  7:30 a.m. ET Russia vs. Slovakia USA
  7:30 a.m. ET Slovenia vs. United States NBCSN
  Noon ET Finland vs. Canada USA
Feb. 18 3 a.m. ET Qualification #1 NBCSN
  7:30 a.m. ET Qualification #2 NBCSN
  Noon ET Qualification #3 NBCSN
  Noon ET Qualification #4 MSNBC
Feb. 19 3 a.m. ET Quarterfinal #1 NBCSN
  7:30 a.m. ET Quarterfinal #2 NBCSN
  Noon ET Quarterfinal #3 USA
  Noon ET Quarterfinal #4 NBCSN
Feb. 21 7 a.m. ET Semifinal #1 NBCSN
  Noon ET Semifinal #2 NBCSN
Feb. 22 10 a.m. ET Bronze Medal Game NBCSN
Feb. 23 7 a.m. ET Gold Medal Game NBC

Should I call in sick?

Yes, particularly on Feb. 13, 14, 18 and 19. 

About Steve Lepore

Steve Lepore is a writer for Bloguin and a correspondent for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.