One-time NHL exec Jim Gregory received a licence from the CRTC in November 2000 to form what would become The NHL Network Inc, an organization that would operate a specialty channel to be known as The Hockey Channel. Its success encouraged the formation of a similar network in the US.
The channel continued to operate under the aegis of TSN following Rogers’ acquisition of all NHL rights in 2014, but in August 2015 it was announced that MLB Advanced Media would be assuming control of the US NHL Network, and at the Canadian NHL Network’s request the CRTC revoked its licence on September 17th 2015.
Ownership: Rogers Media
Start Year: 2001 to 2015