Watch the NHL 2020-2021 season abroad (outside of the US or any other country!)

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No hockey fan will be oblivious to the fact the NHL 2020-2021 season is just around the corner. It starts tomorrow (January 13). Of course, you don’t want to miss out on the fast paced action that is the NHL.

Unfortunately however, for people who are travelling (or perhaps even stuck because of Covid!) or living abroad, watching their favorite sport is not as easy as it seems. Yes, we do have many streaming services these days for just about any sport you can think of, including ice hockey. However, these are often geo-restricted, meaning you can only use them in a specific country or region.

For instance, people who try to use their Hulu Live, ESPN+ or FuboTV subscription to watch the NHL outside of the US, will likely be met with the disappointing message this is not possible. This message will likely look somewhat like the one down below.

But don’t be alarmed! Fortunately there is an easy way to see NHL stars checking each other, instead of this message. You just need to circumvent this geographic restriction with a VPN.

Watching the NHL wherever you are with a VPN

One of the great things about a VPN, is that they can change your geographic location to an extent. After all, a VPN changes your IP address. This address is used by most streaming services to determine your physical location. This is exactly how NHL streams are able to see you are not in the US or Canada for example, and as such deny you access. Therefore, by simply using a VPN to change this IP-address, you can get access to US and Canadian hockey streams wherever you are!

The concept of this strategy works the same with virtually every streaming service. However, in practice not every VPN works with every stream. More on this later. But for now, first things first. Our easy and short guide below teaches you exactly how to use a VPN to watch the NHL worldwide!

Watch the NHL 2020-2021 season abroad: easy guide

  1. Get a subscription with a good VPN provider. We strongly recommend using NordVPN. After all, this VPN offers great streaming speeds, is great at unblocking geo-locked streams, and has a very reasonable price tag. Moreover, NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back-guarantee, which is useful if, for some reason, you find out a VPN is not for you.
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  3. Install the NordVPN app on your device. You can simply do this by pressing the orange button above, getting a subscription and following the steps.
  4. Open the NordVPN app and log in with your login details.
  5. Select a US server (or another one, depending on your stream) within the handy NordVPN map.
  6. Go to your stream’s website or app.
  7. Enjoy the game!

Tip: circumventing VPN-blocks

Many streaming services these days block VPN users from their websites/apps. They do this by blocking users that share the same IP address with a lot of other users. After all, this signifies to them those users are all using the same VPN server. This is one of the reasons that we recommended NordVPN. After all, NordVPN has a ton of servers in the US and Canada. So you have a good chance of finding a server that will work.

Another reason we recommend NordVPN is because it offers dedicated IP addresses (for a small additional fee) in the US and a few other countries. These are unique IP addresses which make it virtually impossible for streaming services to find out you’re using a VPN. This means you never have to miss a game, wherever you may be at the time!

So come on, follow our easy guide, and get ready to check (or rather tackle if no one’s looking!) those geo-restrictions and watch all 2020-2021 NHL games live!

Disclaimer: It is always your own responsibility to read your streaming service’s user agreement and act in accordance with this document. Furthermore, the world of streaming services and VPNs is ever-changing and geo-(un)blocking is a constant cat-and-mouse type of game. As such, this article merely gives tips on how to watch the NHL 2020-2021, but doesn’t give any guarantees regarding success rates.

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Nathan is an internationally trained journalist and has a special interest in the prevention of cybercrime, especially where vulnerable groups are concerned. For he conducts research in the field of cybersecurity, internet censorship and online privacy.