FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NWJHL is taking the next step in broadcasting all games from one platform: HockeyTV.
Fans can watch all games, including playoffs, with an All-Access Pass.
League President, Mike Mercredi, says this is a project the league has been working on for years.
“It’s been a couple years to get everyone’s heads wrapped around it. The lessons we learned from COVID exposed some of the areas that we were missing out on. We just have to look at it from all angles,” said Mercredi.
All teams in the NWJHL have been trying their luck at broadcasting games on Facebook and Youtube for some time now, as have other minor hockey organizations. But with copyright and music concerns due to in-rink entertainment, it wasn’t always seamless.
Now, coaches, players, fans, grandparents, scouts and the general public can access all the games from a platform with a solid reputation.
“HockeyTV puts out a great product, and with COVID-19 coming through, teams are trying to create some revenue to offset the extra costs. It’s exposure for the league, which it needs, but it also creates some revenue for the teams.”
Mercredi says teams will enjoy the ease of use for compiling game film, while scouts from all over the world can peer into the NWJHL and watch a player.
“It’s a great tool for the coaching staff too. They’re not sifting through video. They can find a clip and show the player right away. And more and more players are moving on to other leagues, which is great to see. This is just another way for scouts to watch a game and break down a player.”
Overall, Mercredi says it’s about giving the players a great experience, and the added exposure will only help players and their teams survive during the pandemic.
“It’s just good to know that the kids will be watched a little bit more. You still can’t beat the in-person experience, so I think you’ll still see people come through the doors. But for the grandparents or the extended family that can’t make the trip, it’s going to be great.”
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