How to watch women’s college hockey in 2018-19
The home team gets the rights to the streams. Here’s where those streams will be.
Women’s college hockey is full of some of the best players in the world. So naturally, you want to watch it. The question you have is, where do I watch it? Outside of the Frozen Four (which was on Big Ten Network last year), it’s never on TV. Have no fear, we’re here to bring you the NCAA women’s hockey streaming guide!
The home team gets the rights to the broadcast, by the way.
From the looks of it, the only NEWHA school that actually streams their games is the St. Anselm Hawks. Here’s the video link posted next to every game on their schedule, though the only game in the “upcoming” queue is against Manhattanville on October 26.
Hopefully, as this league transitions to D1, more schools will produce streams.
The CHA has centralized streaming through the conference; however, Penn State does show some of their out-of-conference home games on LionVision, which is free. The day passes for the CHA (which gives you access to all games that day) are $10.99, while the “All Access Pass” is $104.99.
Recently, ESPN introduced a new streaming service called ESPN+, which is around $5 a month. The ECAC reached an agreement with ESPN to put all their games on the service, which was made easier by ESPN+ absorbing the Ivy League Digital Network. While it does now stash Clarkson, St. Lawrence, and Quinnipiac, previously free, behind a paywall, it makes things a bit more centralized, and allows you to broadcast it on streaming devices like Rokus. Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper than the $10 a month that you needed for the ILDN...which didn’t include then-paywalled Union.
There is one notable exception, however: RPI will remain on RPI TV, which is free and student-run.
This is the one major conference that does not have centralized streaming; it’s scattered all over the place, some teams paywall, others don’t. So we’ll try and group teams by similarities.
Boston College and New Hampshire are both free through the WatchESPN app, but UNH will sometimes stream on their YouTube channel.
Vermont, Northeastern, and Maine are all free through their athletic department websites.
UConn, Merrimack, and Providence are all paywalled through their athletic department websites.
Holy Cross and Boston University are both free through WatchStadium’s Patriot League Network.
Another conference that has centralized streaming, the WCHA struck a deal with FloHockey before the season to stream all home WCHA games.
FloHockey is, like ESPN+, a subscription service. It’s quite a bit pricier than ESPN+, though, with your two options being a $30/month monthly pass or a $150 yearly pass.