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Familiar Face To Some May Be The Host Of TNT Hockey

via Andrew Marchand of the New York Post,

For the start of its NHL studio coverage next season, TNT has already signed Wayne Gretzky as it tries to create a show with buzz akin to its highly successful “Inside the NBA.” For the role of host, TNT has shown interest in NBC’s Liam McHugh, according to sources. No deal is done yet, but McHugh could be in the Ernie Johnson seat as the conductor of what will likely be called “Inside the NHL.”

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Video- NBC Sports Says Goodbye

via the YouTube page of NBC Sports,

Doc Emrick looks back on the historic 16-year run of the NHL on NBC.

 

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Video- Hockey Night In Canada Closing Montage

The season has ended.

Watch it.

 

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Video- The NHL On NBC

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Ray Ferraro On The Move To ESPN

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

The former-NHLer-turned-popular-hockey-commentator signed on with ESPN this week, as part of the Worldwide Leader in Sports’ re-entry into the world of the NHL.

“I’m really super-excited to be honest,” Ferraro said this week from his Vancouver home.

“I didn’t know it was a career at the time, I was still playing. I got to work with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose,” he said, recalling his first foray into broadcasting alongside Buccigross on Melrose on ESPN 2Night, a step he took while he was still an active player. “All these years later, I’m back.”

The new role with ESPN will see him working around 50 NHL national broadcasts over the course of the season, roughly 1 1/2 per week, plus working regional Toronto Maple Leafs broadcasts and the world junior championships for TSN.

The NHL’s new U.S. TV deals with ESPN and Turner Sports couldn’t have come at a better time for Ferraro. The lives of his boys, Riley, 14, and Reese, 11, are busier than ever, and so is his wife’s: Cammi Granato is the Vancouver-based pro scout for the Seattle Kraken who are weeks away from their expansion draft and hit the ice for real next fall.

In other words, it was going to get harder and harder to keep up with his previous schedule, which had him doing his TV work for TSN and making daily appearances on Vancouver and Toronto radio, plus regular radio appearances in other markets.

He was having to operate as a local insider, which meant hours of prep time for each hit.

“It’s the overall workload that Cammi and I were hoping to rebalance,” he acknowledged.

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ESPN Hockey Coverage A Work In Progress

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

How will ESPN’s NHL coverage look different from what we’ve seen on NBC’s networks the last 15 years?

“We’re trying to figure it out,” said Mark Gross, ESPN’s senior vice president in charge of hockey coverage. “We know what the music is going to be.”

The familiar “NHL on ESPN” theme is back. But the network is determined to make a splash in its first NHL games since the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, beyond the personalities named in this past week’s roster announcement.

The network’s coverage starts with the July 21 Seattle expansion draft, hosted by Chris Fowler on ESPN2. John Buccigross will host the NHL Draft two days later. Those shows will be produced by NHL Network.

When Gross spoke over the phone this past week, ESPN (which reportedly paid $410 million a year for seven years of NHL rights) and Turner ($225 million a year over the same period) still hadn’t divvied the games. The NHL had yet to release its 2021-22 schedule. Its puck- and player-tracking data has not seen the light of day.

“One thing we’re trying to get our arms around is what analytics teams and coaches use to showcase in our game coverage, our studio coverage,” Gross said. “Camera positions is another thing we’re looking at, talking to the league to see how we can showcase and document the games.”

Strategy and speed are the buzzwords Gross hears in his daily conversations with NHL people. Capturing both, while serving hard-core fans, hooking viewers from the massive pool of casual sports viewers who don’t give hockey much thought, attracting diverse genders and backgrounds . . . all are among Gross’s concerns.

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Watching Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final

from Bill Shea of The Athletic,

NBC’s National Hockey League and Stanley Cup swan song began on Monday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s title defense began with a 5-1 thumping of the visiting Montreal Canadiens, which is making its first finals appearance since winning an NHL-record 24th championship in 1993.

NBC said the game averaged 1.66 million combined viewers on its NBCSN cable channel and Peacock streaming audience. That makes it the least-watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final since 2007, per historic data from Sports Media Watch. The 2007 Senators-Ducks opener averaged 769,000 on Versus (remember Versus? That was NBCSN’s name from 2006-11).

Last year, when the pandemic forced the delayed NHL playoffs into so-called bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto, the Lightning-Dallas Stars Game 1 aired on NBC and it averaged 2.16 million total viewers.

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Your Broadcasting Roster For Next Season

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added 12:12pm, ESPN release is below.

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Report- Chris Chelios To ESPN

from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post,

ESPN is adding another Hall of Famer to its forthcoming NHL coverage, The Post has learned.

Chris Chelios will join Mark Messier as part of ESPN’s top studio team, according to sources. ABC/ESPN and TNT will take over the national coverage of the NHL next season. ABC/ESPN will have four of the ensuing seven Stanley Cups.

ESPN and TNT have been like franchises signing free agents. After TNT landed Wayne Gretzky, ESPN countered with Messier – and now Chelios.

Chelios, 59, won the Cup three times – twice with the Red Wings and once with the Canadiens. Chelios has worked for ESPN before as an analyst on the World Cup of Hockey.

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ESPN Signs Mark Messier As A Studio Analyst

An ESPN press release,

ESPN today announced that Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup Champion and 15-time NHL All-Star, will join ESPN under a new multi-year agreement to be a signature part of its NHL coverage, beginning with the 2021-22 season. Messier will serve as a studio analyst when the NHL returns to ABC, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu this fall.

“The game of hockey, and the NHL, have afforded me enormous opportunity, success and experiences on the ice and in my life,” said Messier. “My passion for the game is as strong as it has ever been and I am looking forward to sharing that passion, plus my insights and analysis with the sport’s incredible fans. The NHL is beginning a new era with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company — with an exciting, evolving game and phenomenally talented players — and I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”

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