Are you a passionate NHL fan living or traveling outside the US who needs a way to access every regular season game using NHL Game Pass or another streaming service? If that sounds like you, you’ll need an NHL VPN to correctly align your connection with that of a US server, or one in another country – as we’ll cover below.
Bearing this in mind, we’ve compiled the five top NHL VPN providers, so you can stream every bone-jarring check, zinging wrist-shot, or ankle-breaking pirouette by flailing defenders. Let’s get to it below, but first, how about a little throwback from the myth, the legend, the G.O.A.T.
VPNs for NHL 2016 Summary
|ExpressVPN||9.8/10||$8.32 / month||Visit Site|
|IPVanish||9.4/10||$6.49 / month||Visit Site|
|NordVPN||8.8/10||$3.29 / month||Visit Site|
|BolehVPN||7.8/10||$6.67 / month||Visit Site|
|SaferVPN||7.2/10||$5.99 / month||Visit Site|
*All prices shown in US dollars* Advertiser Disclosure
- Expansive Network
- Great Speed
- Intuitive UI
- Top Support
- Tough Encryption
- A Tad Pricy
ExpressVPN is a popular provider all over the world because of its lightning speeds and fantastic server locations. The provider has fast and reliable connections, which rarely if ever falter, and everything runs on well designed and easy-to-use apps for both desktop and mobile users. Also a plus: you can connect to both desktop and mobile simultaneously at no additional cost, perfect for streaming multiple games concurrently when they’re outside the primetime slots.
The reality is that cheaper VPN services can’t compete with ExpressVPN’s ultra-reliable network of servers and world-class support. The folks behind ExpressVPN also have guides about almost everything.
There’s a generous 30-day money-back guarantee in place should you run into any issues, which is highly improbable, and even so, support is commonly mentioned as industry-leading. Still, support is regularly mentioned as among the best on offer from any VPN service. Don’t miss the wild upcoming season this year promises to be.
- Worldwide Servers
- Tier-1 Speeds
- Cross-Compatible Software With Useful Features
- Decent Support
- Tough encryption
- You won’t be able to get your friends out of your house!
IPVanish is a well established and popular service that runs some of the best tier-1 level networks in the industry. Simply put – it has incredible speeds. Servers are located in over 60 countries and encryption is top of the range (using Open VPN). Despite being based in the US (which might make some people uneasy because of the NSA), IPVanish has an excellent zero logs policy and also accepts Bitcoin. This means there is an option to sign up anonymously if the necessary steps are taken.
Support is pretty good, but doesn’t have LiveChat for instant answers. No matter, as we’ve regularly received replies within a few hours max. There are also plentiful setup guides to get you going. Try out the one week trial now, and catch all the games you wish. Overall, there is no doubt in our minds that IPVanish deserves a spot in the top five NHL VPN list. Why not give it a try?
- High-speed connections
- US Servers
- Stylish Apps
- Beefy Encryption
- Basic Package Is Lacking
This feature-rich Panamanian provider comes in third with some impressive encryption options and commitment to privacy (don’t forget the Panama Leaks). The multi-hop double VPN encryption will understandably slow down your speeds a bit, though it’s a great anonymity option if you’ve also paid by Bitcoin to begin with. There’s also a Tor over VPN option if you’re feeling especially secretive – and there’s a free trial to test things out, so why not?
What’s more, the NordVPN client is sleek and functional with all the bells and whistles regardless of platform. Support is 24/7/365, and has received top marks in our reviews whether in LiveChat or email format. Take NordVPN for a spin using the link below.
- US Servers
- Fast Speed
- One Day Trial (upon Request)
- Quality encryption
- A Bit Bare Bones
- Limited Support Hours
This smaller-scale Malaysian outfit consistently offers some of the best security and speed combos found in the VPN industry. Multiple US servers and consistently reliable and fast speeds make watching the NHL as great an experience as watching it from a sofa in the US. The website is a little bare in terms of info, and support hours are limited to working hours in Malaysia, so we had to drop BolehVPN to fourth.
Nevertheless, you should email BolehVPN and ask for the one-day free trial, preferably a day or two before the season at the very least. You could also sign up with a spouse and save your trial, but if you enjoy the service, it might be worth investing in the discounted yearly price and making this your choice of NHL VPN.
- US Servers
- Decent UI
- Some Connection Logs
- Support Could Be Better
SaferVPN rounds out our NHL VPN roundup with a smooth mix of the four contestants above. It’s got pretty decent (if not the absolute best) encryption, and some detailed setup guides. Support is occasionally hit and miss regarding more technical queries, but quick issues are resolved in a timely fashion.
Best of all, The real selling point is the three-day free trial offer or two-week money-back guarantee. The SaferVPN apps are also – keeping right in line with our other options – cross-compatible and smooth to operate. Why not give SaferVPN a go below?
How Can I Watch The Games?
Don’t fret, it shouldn’t take more than an hour to get things configured. Just locate and pick your ideal VPN service for NHL games and preferably one you’ll also be able to use for other purposes. You can also test a few out using the trial offers first to stream NHL matchups (or just use a money-back offer for a month to try things out). Afterwards, just follow the quick setup guides available on each provider’s website and often included in the email you’ll receive after registration.
Then, follow the setup instructions on each provider’s website and install your VPN. Each NHL VPN on this list was chosen partly for its “non-techiness” and ease of setup (in addition to US servers and speed), bar BolehVPN, which is more suitable for those more intimate with VPNs.
Once you’ve setup your new VPN, just head on over to NHL.com (provided you have a US TV package of some sort, such as DirectTV), and stream away. That’s it!
For those of you traveling out of the US and Mexico, thus lacking the aforementioned cable subscription, there’s NHL GameCenter, through which you can either watch every regular and postseason NHL matchup for a $200 flat fee, or a quarter of that paid over each fourth of the season.
NHL VPN Conclusion
So now that we’ve gone over our VPN picks to watch NHL games from outside the United States, let’s review.
Every VPN service listed above – and reproduced below for your convenience – has a free trial or money back guarantee. Some have both, so you can sample any VPN with no risk, before subscribing long-term, or even use the temporary registration to stream the tournament and get your money back afterward. If you’re looking for a VPN not listed here to use, make sure it has US servers and reputable speed and reliability, lest you’re stuck with an unwatchable stream. For some alternative VPN options, head here, or feel free to browse through our site.