nhl_networkNHL Live Streaming Free, NHL Live, NHL Online, Watch Live National Hockey League Matches, National Hockey League Live, National Hockey League Online. The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. NHL is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The league co-owns the NHL Network, a television specialty channel devoted to the NHL.