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NHL Network, already available in Canada, launches in United States @NHL

NEW YORK - The NHL is launching its own network in the United States.

The NHL Network, which has been available in Canada since 2001, will begin airing this month through carriage agreements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable.

The network will be accessible to 75 million homes, the league said. It will broadcast 50 live regular-season games as well as classic games, documentaries, instructional shows and highlights.

Games will be available in high definition.

"Our fans across the U.S. and Canada now can have access to the hockey programming they want, regardless the time of day," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a news release. "We have joined with six of the most-respected cable and satellite distributors in the industry, and that is testimony to the appetite and demand for the NHL."

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