The NHL announced a new partnership with Eurosport to serve as its exclusive broadcast partner in Russia for the next three seasons.
The agreement includes broadcast and multiplatform rights; NHL games also will be available on Eurosport Player (a live and on-demand digital sport platform) from the 2016-17 season through the 2018-19 season. Games will be shown live on Eurosport for the first time.
"It is hugely exciting to announce Eurosport's first-ever deal with the NHL, proving yet another example of our renewed focus of offering premium and must-have sport content to fans," Europsport CEO Peter Hutton said. "Russian Ice Hockey fans are some of the most passionate in the world and we're looking forward to helping fuel their passion throughout the next three seasons of live NHL action."
Eurosport is the premier winter sports network in Europe, covering World Championships, World Cups and European Championships in 12 sports, including hockey, skiing, snowboarding and figure skating. The network also has been awarded rights to the next two Winter Olympics, the 2018 PyeongChang Games and 2022 Beijing Games.
"This agreement with Eurosport will come as great news to NHL fans in Russia," said David proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution & Strategy. "Our global strategy and commitment is to bring the biggest stars in the NHL into homes around the world and to inspire the future generation of NHL players."