Alright hockey fans, the NHL seasons start tomorrow as you well know. You want to make sure you're on top of what's happening, even if you can't be rinkside or plopped on your couch in front of the TV. Luckily there are a ton of great hockey apps for iPhone and iPad that can make sure you're in tune to what's up before, during, and after the latest games.
Let's drop the puck and get started with our top five NHL apps for iOS.
TheScore is a fantastic third-party app for following not only hockey, but just about every other sport you might be interested in. You can follow specific teams, get home screen widgets for the latest information at a glance, notifications when things get crazy, and, of course, the latest scores and stats. The best part is, you can keep tabs on NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, and lots more at the same time. Diversified sports fans will find good use for theScore year-round.
NHL is the free, official app for keeping tabs on hockey games. Get play-by-play information, audio streams, a simulated view of the game, up-to-date standings, and with a premium GameCenter subscription, post-game video highlights. If there are specific teams you want to keep an eye on, the NHL app lets you get customized alerts whenever anything new happens with them.
The NHL app for iOS lets you get the latest hockey news right from the horse's mouth.
If you're used to following hockey on TV, ESPN SportsCenter will be a familiar face. Dive into deep analysis after the games, catch breaking news, watch video highlights, and mark teams as favorites for notifications as soon as there's something you should know. Twitter integration lets you see what everybody else is saying about the latest results.
Shnarped is a social network for hockey fans and players alike. Players can have their accounts verified and users can comment directly on games their favorites are in. Congratulatory fist pounds are slung back and forth between users, comments threads populate under big hockey news stories, and you can share content you find out to Facebook and Twitter. Shnarped is a cozy network for dedicated hockey fans, and the perfect place to talk smack - which sometimes you might need to do if you're stuck at a stuffy dinner party where nobody follows hockey.
Fantasy sports fans will already be very familiar with Yahoo's offering. With Yahoo Fantasy Sports, you can keep tabs on player news, plan your next matchup or draft, and talk smack on the message boards. Scores are updated in real-time, which is perfect if you need to make some last-minute calls.
Fantasy hockey fans needn't look any further than Yahoo to get their fix.