The BBC sports app has an alerts function for football. It's not a gear app but if I turn notifications on then it updates me every time my team kicks off, scores and reaches half/full time and these show up just fine on the watch. Really handy if we are playing on a Tuesday night when I'm at a pub quiz and can't get my phone out of my pocket! I presume there's similar apps for NHL and you could do the same with them.
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