A New Era for Women’s Hockey: Here’s How to Watch the 2024 PWHL Season Online

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A new era in women’s sports is underway with the arrival of the Professional Women’s Hockey League. Better known as the PWHL for short, the inaugural season features six North American teams who will compete across 72 games from January 1 to May 5, followed by the playoffs and PWHL finals.

Want to watch the women’s hockey league on TV and online? Here’s what you need to know.

How to Watch PWHL Online 2024

While league officials have said that they goal is to have every game televised in the U.S. and Canada, as of now, the women’s pro hockey games are only available to stream online through the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

Your best bet to watch the PWHL online without cable? Sign up for a virtual private network like ExpressVPN, which will let you set your location to Canada to livestream PWHL games online on CBC.ca. A subscription to ExpressVPN starts at just $8 a month and lets you watch all out-of-region content, including live sports and entertainment.

Want to stream the PWHL online free? Use NordVPN, which currently has a 30-day free trial that you can use to watch the women’s hockey games online for free. Nord’s current plans start at just $3.79/month after your free trial is over.

The women’s professional hockey league was formerly known as the Premier Hockey Federation, and PHF games were airing on ESPN, but it’s unclear as of this writing if ESPN (or its streaming site ESPN+) will pick up the new PWHL games.

PWHL 2024 Season: Teams, Schedule

Six teams will be part of the inaugural PWHL regular season: Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa form the three Canadian teams, while New York, Boston and Minnesota will front U.S. teams.

Each of the six teams will play a total of 24 games, and each team will play head-to-head at least four times. The league will play a total of 72 games during its regular season, with the playoffs kicking off May 6, 2024.

The schedule will take a short break in February, for the Rivalry Series, between the U.S. and Canadian national women’s hockey teams. PWHL play will also be interrupted in April when the Women’s World Hockey Championships take place.


In addition to their own league play, the women will be featured at the NHL’s 2024 All-Star Weekend. The league announced that select players from the PWHL will feature in a 3-on-3 showcase on All-Star Thursday.

Watch the PWHL games online with ExpressVPN or NordVPN here.