NHL Player Gaming Challenge: Schedule, entry list, how to watch



The NHL has joined other professional sports in forming a video game tournament involving its athletes. Beginning April 30, the league will start the inaugural NHL Player Gaming Challenge with one or two players per team competing for the title.

Each team, and NHL’ soon-to-be team in Seattle, will play a one-time matchup against another club in a best-of-three “NHL 20” series as all matches will be played on PlayStation 4.

Electronic Arts (EA) and the NHL Foundation are donating a combined $100,000 in support of the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The event is a part of the NHL’s #HockeyAtHome initiative designed to remind fans to stay safe, stay home and play together.

NHL Player Gaming Challenge schedule

  • Date: Begins April 30 and will run for four weeks
  • TV channel (U.S.): NBCSN
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet ONE
  • Live stream (U.S.): NBCSports.com and NBC Sports app
  • Live stream (Canada): Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet NOW

NBC Sports Network and Sportsnet One will air select matches throughout the tournament with NBCSN televising both matches on April 30 starting at 5 p.m. ET. All games will be streamed on the NHL’s Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as on NHL.com.

Week 1

(All times Eastern)

Date Time Matchup
April 30 5 p.m. Noah Hanifin & Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) vs. Brady Tkachuk (OTT)
April 30 5 p.m. Stephen Johns & Jamie Oleksiak (DAL) vs. Zach Aston-Reese & Bryan Rust (PIT)
May 2 3 p.m. Filip Forsberg (NSH) vs. J.T. Compher (COL)

NHL Player Gaming Challenge entry list

All 31 teams and NHL Seattle are represented with each club having one or two players participating in the tournament.

Team Participants
Anaheim Ducks Cam Fowler
Arizona Coyotes Conor Garland & Clayton Keller
Boston Bruins Jake DeBrusk & Charlie McAvoy
Buffalo Sabres Brandon Montour
Calgary Flames Noah Hanifin & Matthew Tkachuk
Carolina Hurricanes Warren Foegele
Chicago Blackhawks Drake Caggiula & Alex DeBrincat
Columbus Blue Jackets Elvis Merzlikins & Zach Werenski
Colorado Avalanche J.T. Compher
Dallas Stars Stephen Johns & Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit Red Wings Madison Bowey & Anthony Mantha
Edmonton Oilers Caleb Jones & Darnell Nurse
Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles Kings Michael Amadio & Blake Lizotte
Minnesota Wild Devan Dubnyk & Jordan Greenway
Montreal Canadiens Victor Mete & Nick Suzuki
Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg
New Jersey Devils Mackenzie Blackwood
New York Islanders Matt Martin
New York Rangers Chris Kreider
NHL Seattle Luke Willson (NFL’s Seattle Seahawks)
Ottawa Senators Brady Tkachuk
Philadelphia Flyers James van Riemsdyk
Pittsburgh Penguins Zach Aston-Reese & Bryan Rust
San Jose Sharks Evander Kane & Marcus Sorensen
St. Louis Blues Colton Parayko & Robert Thomas
Tampa Bay Lightning Tyler Johnson
Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Hyman
Vancouver Canucks Thatcher Demko & Adam Gaudette
Vegas Golden Knights Ryan Reaves & Alex Tuch
Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov
Winnipeg Jets Anthony Bitetto & Kyle Connor





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