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.