The National Women’s Hockey League 2021 Isobel Cup Semifinals and Final will air live on NBCSN on February 4–5 from Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York, the first time that women’s professional hockey will be live on a major national cable network in the United States.
“Our partnership with NBC Sports is monumental for the visibility of the NWHL,” said NWHL Commissioner Tyler Tumminia. “Never before has women’s professional hockey had the opportunity to reach so many people on American television in the United States. As we have seen with the WNBA and NWSL this year when women’s major league sports leagues are given a strong showcase, viewership is increased and countless new fans connect with the teams and players.”
The NWHL is playing its sixth season and the 2021 Isobel Cup Playoffs in a centralized and protected environment at the iconic 1980 Rink — Herb Brooks Arena from January 23 through February 5. The competition will feature the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and first-year expansion club Toronto Six.
“As the home of hockey in the U.S., NBC Sports is proud to showcase the NWHL to a national audience,” said Michael Perman, vice president, programming, NBC Sports. “These historic broadcasts on NBCSN further our commitment to showcasing the game at all levels.”