About a month ago, cable and satellite TV providers began airing the NHL Network in the US. It is only $5 extra dollars on my cable provider for the Sports Pack which included the NHL Network and a few other Fox Sports channels. At first I treated it as a trial and would decide after a month whether or not it is worth it, but that month is now over and I have made my choice. It's a keeper!
For US hockey fans, without the NHL Network, Hockey is on TV about .00002% of the time. Unless you are in a hockey market or catch the 5 minutes that ESPN covers it a day, you barely get to watch it. But with the NHL Network, it is 24 hours a day of hockey! It offers Live Games (NHL and AHL), Classic Games and Series, Player Spotlights, and a whole rundown on each night's games (NHL on the Fly).
In one day, you can see the following shows (or ones like it) :
Top 10 Goalies of 1997-1998
NHL on the Fly
Vintage Games: Toronto vs Boston from April 3, 1971
Classic Series: 1993 Maple Leafs vs Red Wings
Top 10 Goalies of 1998-1999
NHL Cool Shots: Extended Play - Ted Lindsay
2007 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
NHL on the Fly: Final
So if you do not have it, give it a try like I did. I am sure it will win you over with the amount of content that have. A must have for any general hockey fan!