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NHL Centre Ice returns for the 2018/2019 season

Delivering up to 37 regular season out-of-market NHL games per week in high definition, NHL Centre Ice gives you access to every bone-crushing hit, every top corner snipe and every pad-stacking save that takes place outside of your local viewing area. It’s the ultimate package for Hockey fans. This article will highlight what’s included with NHL Centre Ice, and how you can subscribe today.

What you get

  • NHL Centre Ice includes the entire regular NHL season, airing from October 3 to April 6.
  • Includes 15 Shaw Direct NHL Centre Ice MPEG-4 HD channels.

How to subscribe

Early Bird Pricing

Subscribe between September 1 and October 31 to take advantage of these Early Bird Prices:

  • One-time payment: $209
  • Monthly charge: $53 x four payments

Regular Pricing

If you miss the early bird pricing, you can subscribe between November 1, 2018, and January 2, 2019, to NHL Centre Ice:

  • One-time payment: $219
  • Monthly charge: $55 x four payments

Half-Season Pricing

The half-season pricing begins January 3rd and April 6th is available at a discounted rate:

  1. One-time payment: $139
  2. Monthly charge: $35 x four payments

Please contact Shaw Direct to order your subscription for the 2018-2019 season.

Required Hardware

NHL Centre Ice is available on the Shaw Direct 600 series: Advanced HDPVR (630), Advanced HD Receiver (605), and the Essential HD Receiver (600), and the 800 series: Advanced HDPVR (830) and the Essential HD Receiver (800). If you are uncertain as to whether you have one of these digital boxes you can see below for reference images or you can contact us.

Advanced HD Receiver 605
advanced high definition receiver 605


Essential HD Receiver 600

essential hd receive 600


Advanced HDPVR 630

advanced hdpvr

Regional Availability

NHL Centre Ice is available in the following locations:

  • 100 Mile House
  • Bowen Island
  • Calgary (Canmore-Banff)
  • Campbell River
  • Chilliwack (Hope)
  • Courtenay - Comox
  • Cranbrook (Kimberley)
  • Creston
  • Drumheller
  • Dryden
  • Echo Bay
  • Edmonton
  • Edson
  • Fairmont
  • Fernie
  • Fort McMurray
  • Fort St. John (Dawson Creek)
  • Grand Forks
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna (Penticton, Vernon)
  • Kenora
  • Lethbridge
  • Lloydminster (Vermillion)
  • Medicine Hat (Brooks-CFB)
  • Moose Jaw / Swift Current
  • Nanaimo (Parksville, Duncan)
  • North Vancouver
  • Pincher Creek
  • Port Alberni
  • Powell River
  • Prince George
  • Protection Island
  • Quesnel
  • Red Deer (IBO, Ponoka-Lacombe)
  • Salmon Arm (Sorrento)
  • Saskatoon (Prince Albert)
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Thunder Bay
  • Vancouver (Whistler, Squamish)
  • Victoria
  • West Kootenays
  • Williams Lake
  • Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg-Rural

NHL Blackouts

NHL Centre Ice games are subject to regional blackouts. Blackouts are the result of broadcasting restrictions imposed by broadcasters, professional sports teams, and leagues in order to help foster fan support that generates revenue for local teams.

For further information about blackouts, including regional blackout schedules, please see here.

Frequently asked questions

What is MPEG-4?

MPEG-4 allows content to be delivered with a higher quality and less bandwidth is used. All Shaw Direct satellite receivers available since 2011 are MPEG-4 compatible. This includes the following models:

  • Essential HD Receiver (HDDSR 600, HDDSR 800)
  • Advanced HD Receiver (HDDSR 605)
  • Advanced HDPVR (HDPVR 630, HDPVR 830)


Why is NHL CI only available in MPEG-4?

MPEG-4 allows us to offer more games in total and offer all games in HD.



If I subscribe to NHL CI, will I be able to watch it on all my receivers?

NHL Centre Ice will only be available on certain receivers which support MPEG-4.



If I subscribed to NHL Centre Ice last season, do I have to re-subscribe?

Yes. Please contact Shaw Direct to order your subscription for the 2018-2019 season.