Build Your Own Live NHL Scoreboard with Raspberry Pi and LEDs!
In this Howchoo guide, I'll show you how to build your own NHL scoreboard that automatically displays live game data for your favorite hockey team!
The purpose of this guide is not only to combine hockey and technology, but to teach you how to work with and control LED panels using a Raspberry Pi computer. Armed with this knowledge, you can create all kinds of displays. :)
This is a beginner-friendly, mostly plug-and-play project that should take about an hour to complete.
How it works
To make everything work, we'll connect a small Raspberry Pi computer to a 64x32 LED panel using a small breakout board. (We use the same panel in our Raspberry Pi LED matrix panel guide.)
Then, we'll use the nhl-led-scoreboard library to automatically retrieve your favorite team's current and upcoming game data. When a game is in play, it will show the current period, score, game clock, and even an animation when a team scores. Not a hockey fan? There are MLB and Fantasy Football libraries too.
Everything is housed in a 3D-printed enclosure. The enclosure is optional; you can also mount the components directly to the back of the panel or set them behind it. If you don't have a 3D printer and still want the enclosure, there are other ways to get it printed.
Watch the video
Check out my full build video and then read the rest of the guide below!
Watch the video:
|Raspberry Pi Zero WH||×||1|
|3D printer (optional)||×||1|
|Adafruit 64x32 RGB LED Matrix (5mm pitch)||×||1|
|Adafruit RGB Matrix Bonnet||×||1|
|5V 4A switching power supply||×||1|
|MicroSD card, 16GB||×||1|
|Small metric bolt and nut set||×||1|
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