Due to regional broadcast regulations set forth by the NHL, NHL game telecasts must be blacked out in certain areas of Canada. These broadcast boundaries for NHL games have been set by the NHL for over 20 years and continue today.
When the game is blacked out, it may show “One Moment Please” or “Not Authorized”.
To help you better understand how you are impacted by blackouts, here is a basic summary of which games you can watch.
Depending on where you live you will have access to a different set of games.
Any Vancouver Canuck games on Sportsnet Pacific or the Sportsnet ONE companion channel Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey can only be seen in British Columbia and the Yukon.
Any Calgary Flames or Edmonton Oilers games on Sportsnet West or the Sportsnet ONE companion channels Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet Oilers can only be seen in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Beginning in 2014, TSN captured regional broadcast rights to a package of Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators games. These regional broadcast rights allow TSN to deliver live coverage of the Habs/Jets/Leafs/Sens in the teams’ respective broadcast regions. Each team’s broadcast region is determined by the NHL, not TSN or Mascon.
If you are receiving a blackout message during a Habs/Jets/Leafs/Sens game on TSN, then you live outside the teams’ respective territory, as defined by the NHL, not TSN or Mascon.
Current restrictions are as follows:
Features Winnipeg Jets games and the Jets games will be blacked out for customers outside of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwest Ontario.
Features Toronto Maple leaf games and the Maple leaf games will be blacked out for customers outside of Ontario and outside of Ottawa.
Features Ottawa Senators games and the Senators games will be blacked out for customers outside of southeastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada