I’m probably late to this story, but I tuned across NBC’s HD coverage of the NHL and was pleased at what I saw. The rub on hockey is it’s too fast and the puck is too small for television. That just isn’t so with HDTV where there’s more resolution and clarity.
As important, maybe more important, is the 16×9 screen dimensions. That wider image brings much more of the ice into view. You can see plays develop. You can see the action off the puck. Even in wider shots you can see the puck clearly!
The NHL isn’t without other problems. I know few players, recognize few names. There are teams I don’t recognize either. The season is interminably long with too many teams in the playoffs.
When I’ve got more time I’ll give the NHL another chance, but only in HD.