The 2019 Stanley Cup Final will broadcast from May 27 to June 3, with extra games on June 6, 9, and 12 if necessary. There’s just one completely free option available (from Canada), which means anyone who wants to watch the 2019 Stanley Cup Final online from anywhere else will either need a VPN or seek out alternative options in their home country (some free trials available).
Important note: This guide only recommends official sources for the Stanley Cup Final. NHL is popular in the US, Canada, and elsewhere, but the event is primarily offered through pay TV services and networks. As a result, many hockey fans may try to stream through unlicensed sources. However, several legitimate services exist that allow for free streaming, and in HD. Unofficial sources may risk your privacy and security. As such, we recommend using a VPN to protect your identity and security and to use only official streaming sites for the Stanley Cup Final.
All of the services listed below are region-locked. You’ll need a VPN to access their Stanley Cup Final streams abroad.
How to watch the Stanley Cup Final with a VPN
There will be streams available for the 2019 NHL Final from multiple countries and TV networks. To get unrestricted access to these streams, do the following:
- Sign up for a VPN service provider. Our preferred option is ExpressVPN, but a few other services we trust include: NordVPN and CyberGhost.
- Next, download the VPN app to your preferred streaming devices. Make sure to check that there’s an app available for those devices. ExpressVPN has apps for most systems, including Amazon Fire TV. You won’t find any VPN apps from any VPN provider for Roku, however.
- Connect to a server where your streams are available. For example, if you want the free streaming option, you’ll need to connect to a Canada-based VPN server.
- Lastly, open your streaming option and view the Stanley Cup Final live!
We recommend testing a stream with your VPN prior to the event. This will give you time to test different VPNs and VPN servers and to switch to a different streaming service if necessary.
How to watch the 2019 Stanley Cup Final free
If you’re in Canada, you can watch the Stanley Cup free through the CBC website or app.
However, if you’re outside Canada, you can still access the CBC’s free streams of the NHL Final by using a VPN.
You’ll need to connect to a Canada-based VPN server to access the CBC if you’re outside of Canada. We’ve tested this method and verified that it works well, making this the single best option to watch the Stanley Cup Final live online.
If you’re still on the fence about which VPN to choose, we recommend ExpressVPN. The service offers four server locations in Canada and a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not a fan of the service or only need it for the Stanley Cup, you can cancel after the event is over for a full refund.
Where else can I stream the Stanley Cup Final online?
The 2019 Stanley Cup Final will be broadcast in multiple locations worldwide. Most options involve pay-TV channels and services, so your best option, if you want to reduce costs, is to use the CBC with a VPN. However, there are some other potentially low-cost options for hockey fans.
The NHL Stanley Cup Final schedule is as follows:
|Date||Game/Location||Time (EST)||Time (UK)||US Channel|
|May 27||Game 1 @ Boston||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBC|
|May 29||Game 2 @ Boston||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBCSN|
|June 1||Game 3 @ St. Louis||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBCSN|
|June 3||Game 4 @ St. Louis||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBC|
|June 6||*Game 5 @ Boston||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBC|
|June 9||*Game 6 @ St. Louis||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBC|
|June 12||*Game 7 @ Boston||8:00 PM||1:00 AM||NBC|
As the NHL is a US-based league, it should come as no surprise that sports fans in the US will have multiple options to watch the Stanley Cup Final.
For starters, NBC owns the rights to broadcast the series. You’ll need access to NBC and NBC Sports Network.
You can get NBC’s over-the-air broadcasts if you have an OTA antenna, or if you live in one of the half-dozen cities where Locast is available.
Your best option, however, may be to sign up for a cord-cutting TV streaming service with a free trial, then cancel the subscription after the NHL Final is over. Here are your options:
- Sling TV (Blue package): 7-day free trial, $25/month after
- YouTube TV: 7-day free trial, $49.99/month after
- Hulu with Live TV: 7-day free trial, $44.99/month after
- PlayStation Vue (Access package): 5-day free trial, $44.99/month after
- DirecTV Now (PLUS package): 7-day free trial, $50/month after
Games 1 and 4 will be on NBC. Games 2 and 3 will be on NBC Sports Network. If Games 5, 6 and 7 are necessary, they will also be on NBC.
If you’re already subscribed to one of the above services but are traveling outside the US, you can connect to a US VPN server and log in as normal.
Canadian sports fans will find CBC the easiest option for viewing the Stanley Cup Final. We recommend CBC since it will be free, and will broadcast the event via the CBC Sports app and on the web in high quality.
You’ll need to sign up to Premier Sports if you want to watch the 2019 Stanley Cup Final in the UK. Get the first month free when you sign up with promo code “FIRSTMONTHFREE” at checkout. That means you can watch the entire event at no cost so long as you cancel your Premier Sports subscription after the Final is over.
Premier Sports is normally £9.99 per month. If you have an existing subscription but are traveling outside the UK during the Stanley Cup finals, you can use a VPN to watch as normal.
What teams are in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final?
This year, the Stanley Cup Final will be a matchup of 4–7 games between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.
The Boston Bruins have six Stanley Cup wins under their belt, with their last successful showing in 2011. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues have never held the Cup in their hands in their 50+ year history as a team. Predictions are currently in favor of a Bruins victory, but the surprising results from the playoffs could come back into play for an exciting ending to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
See also: How to get a Canadian IP address