Following the hockey playoffs? We are. Though sometimes we don't get to catch our game, it's nice to know that we can always catch up one what happened. Glad someone out there (several people, actually) thought to make Apps like these.
Of course we are in an increasingly busy world where we don't always have time to watch all our favorite games. Luckily, things are also going more mobile, and tracking the sport we love.
There are quite a few Apps dedicated to doing just that. Here are a few of the available Apps and what we think of them:
TSN Mobile is full of information, not only does it list the NHL, but it has Canadian hockey as well as most other sports, even curling. This App lists scoring leaders, playoff scoring leaders and has injury reports as separate listings through the stats. The App also has scores, standings and news, and is our number one pick of the bunch.
Hockey Night in Canada
Probably one of the most well-made Apps dedicated to hockey available in the App Store. You can check schedules, read the news, see scores for recent games and view current stats. The App is free, but you can download video at a cost. Canadian residents can even stream their games. Aside from that, it has an awesome interface, but may have a bit too much going on for those who aren't familiar with navigating these Apps. Our other minor criticism is that the text in the schedules may be a bit small for some eyes.
SportsTap is one for everyone, because it tracks most of the major sports. It uses a simple interface that first let's you choose a sport of your liking, from there you can catch up on the scores and see summaries and stats for each game. You can also see photos, news and standings. This one is an all-around great sports App.
This one is best for those who like reading news in a more traditional format similar to newspapers. Stats and standings are of course available. However, the App is one of the lesser-cool ones. We tested it on an iPhone 3G, and it was noticeably slower than the other Apps we tried.
Hockey Buzz focuses on news rather than stats. What it lacks in stat tracking, it makes up for in news. One of our favorite parts of this App is that it doesn't open the browser when you click on a story; it's all within the App. It also has a blog section and lets you read stories based on the writer. For quick, smaller news posts, the App also points to some twitter accounts, which are about 90 percent hockey. The easiest way to classify this App would probably be, "it's like having a hockey blog on your phone."
SportsNOW is another one of those Apps that follows multiple sports. The downside is that it doesn't have the stat tracking of many of the other Apps, and you have to set it to track the sports you want. If not, all sports show up as a stream with no real dividers. The cool thing about the App, though, is that it allows you to follow certain teams and players.
Another App with all the basics. The standings are pretty straightforward on this App. It has videos and news, but those are for the most part feeds that link to bigger sports websites through the App. Though one of the best parts is that the user can change the preferences to grab the feeds from the news sites they want: The Hockey News, Yahoo Sports and ESPN. Another plus is that you can turn on the Offline Mode, which will cache articles. This may be useful to those who have an iPod Touch or an iPad wifi. You can also save your favorite stories, which is also good for those who don't always have a connection and want to catch up while on the move.
Another App that gives fans access to several major sports. It provides free video, but the the video doesn't seem to be divided into sports categories. The other problem was that everything seemed so cluttered. Ultimately an OK (not great) App from NBC, but it may work for those who like to track several sports in one App.
Hockey Grub is one of the simpler Apps of the bunch. It uses an interface very similar to the contacts list of your iPhone OS, which makes it easy for those who aren't used to navigating around interfaces that rely more heavily on graphics. If anything, Hockey Grub is the most straightforward of the group.
Can't say they didn't give it a fitting name. Sadly, the App seemed to only work when it wanted to, and even then it rarely works. Nothing very visual in this one. We recommend just staying away from this one. Maybe an update can fix things, but for now its a no-go.