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ESPN announces NHL opening night triple-header with debut team before network is hit by major Stanley Cup Finals change

ESPN revealed that the network will broadcast a triple-header for the first day of the 2024-25 NHL season.

The opening day of the NHL campaign will be on October 8.


ESPN will broadcast the NHL’s first three games of the 2023-24 NHL season as one of the games will involve 2023 No. 1 overall pick superstar Connor Bedard (pictured) and the Chicago Blackhawks[/caption]


ESPN will air the first regular season game for the Utah Hockey Club, which used to be the Arizona Coyotes[/caption]

The NHL season will begin with an ESPN national broadcasted tripleheader this fall.

The first game will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET with the Seattle Kraken hosting the St. Louis Blues.

That means the time will be at 1:30 p.m. locally for Kraken and traveling Blues fans.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers will be the home team when they face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. ET.

The Panthers will get to see their Stanely Cup champions banner raised before the contest.

Florida has eliminated the Bruins in the playoffs the last two seasons.

The final game will be between the Utah Hockey Club, formerly the Arizona Coyotes, hosting Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.

It will be Utah’s first regular-season game as the franchise will play at the Delta Center, home of the NBA‘s Utah Jazz.

The team is set to have a permanent name in time for the 2025-26 season.

All three games will be broadcast on ESPN and can also be streamed on the streaming platform ESPN+.

ESPN has aired numerous games on the NHL’s Opening Night since getting back the league’s rights in 2021.

The network broadcasted doubleheaders in 2021 and 2022.

Last year, ESPN aired a tripleheader.

The 2023 tripleheader also had an early game as the Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the Nashville Predators beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.


The reigning Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers will be part of the ESPN’s triple-header[/caption]

ESPN has aired the Stanley Cup Final for the last three years.

However, the network will not air the Final for the 2024-25.

The championship will be handed to Cable and TNT.

The upcoming season will be the fourth year of the NHL’s seven-year media rights contract with Disney and TNT Sports.

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