The 2023 Stanley Cup Final is fast approaching and we’re about to explain how to watch the whole event live online. Online streams of the much-anticipated event will be available in the US, Canada, and abroad, although you may need a VPN to access every Stanley Cup Final game this year.
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 the Stanley Cup Final streams on your usual services while abroad.
How to watch the Stanley Cup Final with a VPN
There will be streams available for the 2023 NHL Final from multiple countries and TV networks. To get unrestricted access to these streams, follow the steps below.
Here’s how to watch the Stanley Cup Final online from anywhere:
- Sign up for a VPN service provider. Our preferred option is NordVPN but a few other services we trust include Surfshark and ExpressVPN.
- Next, download the VPN app to your preferred streaming devices. Make sure to check that there’s an app available for those devices. NordVPN has apps for most systems, including Amazon Fire TV.
- 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 online.
- Note that if your stream is still region-locked, you should clear your cookies and refresh your browser. You may need to try more than one server.
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.
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How to watch the 2023 Stanley Cup Final free in Canada
If you’re in Canada, you can watch the 2023 Stanley Cup free through the CBC website or app. Additionally, French-language coverage will be available on TVA, with users able to sign in using their cable provider details (or paying $19.99 CAD for a one-month subscription). It’s also possible to stream in English via Sportsnet Now ($14.99 per month).
If you’re currently traveling outside Canada, you can still access the CBC’s free streams of the NHL Final by using a VPN to get a Canadian IP address. If you’re still on the fence about which VPN to choose, we recommend NordVPN because of its large number of servers in key locations worldwide and its 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 2023 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.
Watch the 2023 Stanley Cup Final in the US
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. In fact, coverage is split between ESPN, ABC, and TNT, so where you watch is different from one game to another. If your cable plan includes these channels, you can just sign into the respective website and watch at no added cost.
Luckily, it’s fairly easy to stream the Stanley Cup without cable too. If a match is on ESPN, you’ll be able to watch with an ESPN+ account ($9.99 USD per month). ABC and TNT, meanwhile, can be accessed using FuboTV ($74.99/month), Sling TV ($40/month), and YouTube TV ($64.99/month) which all offer a free trial or a steep discount for new users.
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.
Watch the 2023 Stanley Cup Final in Europe
If you’re a hockey fan in Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, France, or really, most places outside of North America, your best bet is NHL.tv. This costs around $14.99 USD per month, but it’s possible prices vary based on your location. Unfortunately, there’s no free trial included.
Some regions (such as Australia, the Nordics, and South America) have different broadcasters. For an up to date list of who’s showing the Stanley Cup in your country, check out the NHL website.
2023 Stanley Cup Final FAQs
Find some quick answers to common questions about the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals right here.
What day is the Stanley Cup 2023?
We don't have an official date for the 2023 Stanley Cup Final as yet. However, the regular season ends on April 13 and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are likely to begin soon after. The Stanley Cup Final will take place in mid to late June.
What teams are in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final?
The truth is we don't know yet! We'll update this post as soon as more info becomes available. What we do know is that the two teams will play a best-out-of-7 competition. The first team to 4 wins will take the cup (which could occur after the fourth game if one team is dominating).