For those of us who’ve never had the pleasure of staring down Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on a breakaway, or trying to get the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist or getting a punch in the face from the Bruins’ Milan Lucic are in luck. Now a new content sharing deal between the NHL and GoPro will integrate GoPro footage of NHL players in action into league game broadcasts.
We got a taste of what that might look like during the 2014 Stadium Series at Soldier Field and Yankee Stadium, when Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and referee Wes McCauley wore GoPros during the games. This time, GoPro took time during the league’s media week to shoot a dozen top players in a variety of game situations (okay, not the face-punching). So when one of those players scores a goal this season, NBC (or Rogers in Canada) can air that taped GoPro footage alongside the actual highlight to give fans a new perspective on what that player might’ve been seeing. Last year, Monday Night Football used similar footage during its NFL broadcasts.