We are but 29 days from the first puck being dropped in Sochi for the women's hockey tournament. Four days later, the men (led by mostly NHLers) will get revved up. I'm already so overexcited for this that I can't wait for it to be over.
The networks of NBC Universal will televise pretty much everything from the hockey tournament. NBCSN will also air a "Hockey Game of the Day" every evening at 6 p.m. ET. Anything that isn't televised (i.e. a few women's games) will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com. With that, we give you the TV schedules for both tournaments.
For the men's tournament, NBC will air the Gold Medal Game live in all time zones. NBCSN will broadcast 14 matches, including all of Team USA's preliminary matchups as well as most of the knockout games, leading up to their final broadcast, the Bronze Medal Game. USA Network will air eight games, including every Team Canada preliminary match, as well as a quarterfinal. MSNBC will televise the remaining seven games, including one quarterfinal.
|Feb. 12, Noon ET||Czech Republic vs. Sweden||USA|
|Noon ET||Latvia vs. Switzerland||MSNBC|
|Feb. 13, 3 a.m. ET||Finland vs. Austria||NBCSN|
|7:30 a.m. ET||Russia vs. Slovenia||MSNBC|
|7:30 a.m. ET||Slovakia vs. USA||NBCSN|
|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 ET||Canada vs. Austria||USA|
|Noon ET||Norway vs. Finland||MSNBC|
|Feb. 15, 3 a.m. ET||Slovakia vs. Slovenia||MSNBC|
|7:30 a.m. ET||USA 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. USA||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||MSNBC|
|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|
The women's tournament Gold Medal Game will also air live in all time zones on NBC, which didn't even happen in Vancouver, so a coup for the ladies' tourney. NBCSN will air six matches, including all Team USA prelims and the Bronze Medal Game. MSNBC airs seven games, including a semifinal. NBCOlympics.com will stream the remaining four games, including both quarterfinals.
|Feb. 8, 3 a.m. ET||USA vs. Finland||NBCSN|
|8 a.m. ET||Canada vs. Switzerland||MSNBC|
|Feb. 9, 3 a.m. ET||Sweden vs. Japan||NBCSN|
|8 a.m. ET||Russia vs. Germany||MSNBC|
|Feb. 10, 5 a.m. ET||USA vs. Switzerland||NBCSN|
|10 a.m. ET||Finland vs. Canada||MSNBC|
|Feb. 11, 3 a.m. ET||Germany vs. Sweden||NBCOlympics.com|
|10 a.m. ET||Russia vs. Japan||MSNBC|
|Feb. 12, 3 a.m. ET||Switzerland vs. Finland||MSNBC|
|7 a.m. ET||USA vs. Canada||NBCSN|
|Feb. 13, 3 a.m. ET||Japan vs. Germany||NBCOlympics.com|
|Noon ET||Sweden vs. Russia||MSNBC|
|Feb. 16, 3 a.m. ET||Quarterfinal #1||NBCOlympics.com|
|Noon ET||Quarterfinal #2||NBCOlympics.com|
|Feb. 17, 7 a.m. ET||Semifinal #1||NBCSN|
|Noon ET||Semifinal #2||MSNBC|
|Feb. 20, 7 a.m. ET||Bronze Medal Game||NBCSN|
|Noon ET||Gold Medal Game||NBC|
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Nice that they put the planning in and are airing US and Canada games at (somewhat) reasonable EST times, but 7 AM for the Gold Medal Game seems rough. Why not make it 8pm or 9pm local, 11am or 12am EST? It must be one of the biggest draws, regardless of who is in it.
@johnnyb3910 Sochi is 9 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S. and they want to show the Gold Medal Game live! I don't or wouldn't want to wake up and "accidentally" hear who won.. Besides depended on where you live in the U.S. The time differences can be between 9-12 hours difference. And that not doesn't even cover some of the weird times zones in Canada, or Alaska or Hawaii where it would be 13 and 14 hours ahead.
@johnnyb3910 That last day is the day of the Closing Ceremony, so they can't start the game too late. 4pm local late is probably as late as they could do it.
@JustinMcIsaac Not a stupid question, I would Google some of the sports radio stations in your area to see. If you have Sirius/XM you might want to check ESPN Radio ect. Hope this helps.
@jsorensne68 I'm not sure if you're agreeing or disagreeing with me. I think were making the same point, though. By playing the gold medal game at 4 PM Sochi time, that becomes 7AM eastern, which is 4 AM western. If the US and/or Canada is involved, NBC won't be getting any casual hockey fans in LA or Vancouver to tune in to the game.
My point was that by holding the game in "PrimeTime" in Sochi (7 pm or 8 pm or 9 pm) start, they could provide the game at a more reasonable time for North American viewers. But as @quaker2001 accurately pointed out, the Closing Ceremonies are scheduled for 8 PM in Sochi on the 23rd.
So I guess my last suggestion would be to swap the gold medal and bronze medal games, but I don't think thats an option, as they present the medals after to Gold Medal game, and the Bronze winner needs to have already been decided.
Guess I'll just have to get to bed early most nights...