|NHL on Turner Sports|
|Genre||NHL hockey telecasts|
|Presented by||Kenny Albert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location||Various NHL venues|
|Running time||150 minutes or until game ends|
|Production company||Turner Sports|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||October 2021|
The NHL on Turner Sports is an upcoming presentation of National Hockey League (NHL) games that are produced by Turner Sports, and televised on TNT and TBS in the United States. Turner Sports signed a 7 year contract in 2021 to become the NHL's "B" rightsholder alongside ESPN/ABC.
Beginning in the 2021–22 NHL season, Turner's regular season coverage will include the annual NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game usually played on New Year's Day, and at least 72 nationally televised regular season games, all initially on either TNT or TBS. Turner Sports has the rights to half of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with games airing on TBS and TNT, and the rights to every other Stanley Cup Finals beginning in 2023.
The contract includes an option for Turner Sports' parent company, WarnerMedia, to stream some of its NHL games, either exclusively or in simulcast, on its HBO Max streaming service. However, WarnerMedia executives indicated following the contract announcement that they had only just begun to study how the streaming service might be involved, and that no games will be streamed on HBO Max during the 2021 calendar year.
Turner Sports has previously aired ice hockey, as the regional home for the Atlanta Flames and Atlanta Thrashers, and as the cable home for Olympic ice hockey from 1992–1998 for CBS. However, Turner Sports has never had a national contract with the NHL.
For a short period in the 1970s, WTCG, the predecessor to TBS, was the television home of the Atlanta Flames. All of the Flames' radio and television broadcasts were simulcasts. The Flames' games were also broadcast on the radio by WSB (AM). Jiggs McDonald was the main play-by-play announcer with Skip Caray substituting from 1976–80. Color commentators included Andy Still (1972-73), Bob Neal (1973–74), Ed Thilenius (1974–75; home and televised games only), Bernie Geoffrion (1975–79), and Bobby Harper (1979–80; home games only). Pete Van Wieren also did play-by-play for the Flames. The Flames left Atlanta for Calgary prior to the 1980-81 NHL season.
From 1992–1998, TNT served as the American cable television partner for CBS in its coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. Jiggs McDonald handled the play-by-play for ice hockey at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics with Bill Clement on color commentary in 1992 and Joe Micheletti in 1994. In 1998, Mike Emrick provided the play-by-play commentary alongside Peter McNab, Joe Micheletti, and Digit Murphy.
Turner launched the regional Turner South network in 1999, which carried games of the Atlanta Thrashers, which were owned at that time by Turner parent Time Warner. Matt McConnell was the primary television play-by-play announcer for the Thrashers from 1999–03 with JP Dellacamera taking over for the rest of the way in Atlanta. Darren Eliot was the television color commentator throughout the Thrashers' entire existence before their 2011 departure to Winnipeg as the Jets. Time Warner sold the Thrashers in 2003, and sold Turner South to Fox Cable Networks in 2006.
Following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner in 2018, AT&T SportsNet, a regional sports network system acquired in 2015 as a part of DirecTV, was moved into the WarnerMedia News & Sports division in March 2019, alongside Time Warner's existing national sports unit Turner Sports. AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain currently serve as the regional outlets for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights, respectively. The Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball franchise acquired a controlling 60% stake of Root Sports Northwest in April 2013 and retained the Root Sports name after 2017, though AT&T holds the other 40% interest in that network, operates it, and utilizes the same graphical design language as the other AT&T SportsNet channels. The Seattle Kraken will have their games broadcast on Root Sports Northwest upon their debut in 2021–22.
On April 27, 2021, Turner Sports agreed to a seven-year deal with the National Hockey League to broadcast at least 72 games nationally on TNT and TBS beginning with the 2021–22 NHL season. The deal is reportedly worth $225 million and will include three Stanley Cup Finals, half of the conference finals, first and second round playoff games, and the Winter Classic.
In anticipation of TNT broadcasting NHL games on Wednesday nights, All Elite Wrestling's program AEW Dynamite will move to TBS in January 2022.
On May 5, 2021, it was reported that Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk would serve as the lead play-by-play announcer and color commentator respectively for Turner Sports. On May 25, 2021, it was reported that Wayne Gretzky would be a lead analyst on Turner's NHL studio programming. The following day, Turner confirmed the hiring of Albert, Olczyk, and Gretzky in these roles.
| NHL pay television carrier (with ESPN) in the United States
2021 - present