ESPN has loaded up with hockey broadcasters, ahead of the start of its new seven-year television, streaming, and media rights deal with the NHL.
The American broadcaster released what it calls an “unprecedented roster of talented and diverse play-by-play announcers, analysts, and reporters.” Among the talent heading to ESPN are TSN’s Ray Ferraro and Cassie Campbell-Pascall from Sportsnet — though both Ferraro and Campbell-Pascall will be keeping their Canadian broadcast jobs.
ESPN is also adding a pair of Hall-of-Famers, in Mark Messier and Chris Chelios, to its analyst team. Other analysts to be featured on ESPN include: Brian Boucher, Kevin Weekes, Ryan Callahan, A.J. Mleczko, Rick DiPietro, Hilary Knight, and Barry Melrose.
Additional broadcasters unveiled by ESPN today:
- Sean McDonough
- Steve Levy
- John Buccigross
- Bob Wischusen
- Leah Hextall
- Blake Bolden
- Emily Kaplan
- Greg Wyshynski
- Linda Cohn
Games will also be featured in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, featuring Kenneth Garay, Eitán Benezra, Carlos Rossell, and Antonio Valle.
“This new and groundbreaking lineup will bring the NHL to an expanding legion of passionate fans,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content. “We set out to put together a roster that would excite, engage and educate the entire range of fans – from diehard to casual – while inspiring the next generation. With this lineup, we believe we have done just that. We could not be more excited to welcome this talented and diverse group to the ESPN hockey family.”
While ESPN is unavailable in Canada, the network’s coverage will likely be seen on Sportsnet broadcasts throughout the season — just as NBC broadcasts have been featured in the past.
ESPN and TNT will be sharing national television broadcast duties in the United States next season. ESPN begins its live NHL coverage next month for the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft on July 21 and the NHL Draft on July 23.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) June 29, 2021