NHL Hockey is back and there’s an official app for that!

- January 24th, 2013

NHL CENTER iPhone

It’s been along time coming, but NHL Hockey is finally back. Now while some of us simply watch the game on the big screen, there are a lot more ways to watch, keep up and get the lowdown on our favourite teams and players with your iOS devices.

One of those ways is through NHL GameCenter, by NHL Interactive Cyberenterprises, the official app for the National Hockey League. It’s a free download for the basic version with upgrades to NHL GameCenter Premium and NHL GameCentre Live available for in app purchase.

NHL GameCenter is a cool resource on its own or a great companion app for someone who’s watching the game. It gives you live scores and stats for every team and player in the NHL as well as a full season schedule, standings and customized game alerts.

For those of you who already have the app, you’ll notice a few changes in the menu structure in its recent update (version 2.0921). Basic users now have access to some of the on-demand content and post-game highlights. You don’t get a live video feed for each game but you will get a live game simulation with now near real-time shift changes including box score and play by play. I found this feature works really well when I’m trying to keep an eye on a game while I’m actually occupied during something else – like creating these blog posts.

Priceless Videos

While stats are certainly important to some, for me, it’s the stuff you don’t always see that’s key for me. There’s a neat selection of video bloopers, pranks, unlucky bounces, blasts from the past and many more.

And just in case you’re not rooting for the home team, you now have the ability to have five favourites instead of just one.

NHL Center ipad 2

For $4.99 you can upgrade to NHL GameCenter Premium through an in app purchase. For your five bucks for the rest of the season you can get access to home and away live radio broadcasts, in-game video highlights and condensed game replays.

If you’re really devoted; can’t get enough hockey and interested in catching out of market games, upgrade to NHL GameCenter Live. For a subscription of $49.99, you can access to live out of market games (of course these will depend on where you live) as well as additional GameCenter premium content. You’ll also have access capabilities to watch the games on multiple devices, including those like the AppleTV.

The app is universal, i.e. works on most iOS devices, but it does look pretty sweet on an iPad!

Photos courtesy NHL Interactive Cyberenterprises LLC. 

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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7 comments

  1. Josh | January 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Not that anyone would ever know from reading this article, but–surprise, surprise–this ‘app’ is also available for Android, the OS of choice for 75% of smartphone owners worldwide. Rather galling that you call yourself the ‘Gadget Guy’ when everything you write about is Apple-related.

  2. Greg Gazin | January 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Josh, thanks for your comment. Yes you are correct. It is also available for Android. I actually downloaded the iPhone and iPad versions so my commentary comes from the iOS point of view. Whether the Android version is exactly the same, I could not be absolutely sure and I feel it would be unfair to assume so. (Although, I could just mention it in passing)

    Good observation. I do cover the Apple beat quite extensively, however, not everything is Apple related. With the thousands of things our there to cover, I try to focus where ever possible in an area of expertise and try to add value for the readers.

    Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Elvira | January 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    It’s difficult to find well-informed people for this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking
    about! Thanks

  4. Kevin | January 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Hey Greg,

    Thanks for giving us a heads up on the app.

    The bloopers are great.

    By the way… I’m a Google fan boy, but I don’t mind seeing Apple stuff from you.

    Keep smiling!!!

    Woot!! Woot!!

  5. akapipe | January 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I got this app last year for Apple TV but watch most games on my iPad. Love it; great app and great picture and updates too. Highly recommend.

  6. Shirley | April 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    How can I download the app for NHL hockey on my iPad so I can watch it

  7. Greg Gazin | April 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Shirley, the link is in the article, but here it is:
    https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/nhl-gamecenter/id465092669?mt=8

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