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Broadcast teams[]

ESPN did not have fixed broadcast teams during the 1985–86 season. Sam Rosen, Ken Wilson, Jim Hughson, Dan Kelly, Mike Lange, Jiggs McDonald, Jim Kelly, and Mike Patrick handled the play-by-play, and Mickey Redmond, Bill Clement, John Davidson, Phil Esposito, and Brad Park provided color commentary.[1]

The NHL and ESPN announced a new 7-year deal beginning in the 2021–22 season.

Season Broadcasters
1986–87
  1. Ken Wilson (regular season)/Mike Emrick (playoffs)-Bill Clement[2][3]
  2. Sam Rosen, Rick Peckham, or Tom Mees-John Davidson[4][5]
  3. Ken Wilson-Mike Liut
1987–88
  1. Mike Emrick-Bill Clement
  2. Sam Rosen-Phil Esposito[6]
1992–93
  1. Gary Thorne-Jim Schoenfeld (regular season)/Bill Clement (playoffs)
  2. Tom Mees-John Davidson, Brian Engblom, or Darren Pang
1993–94
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Tom Mees-John Davidson, Brian Engblom, or Darren Pang
  3. Sean McDonough-Brian Engblom
  4. Steve Levy-Joe Micheletti
1994–95
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Tom Mees-Darren Pang
  3. Mike Goldberg-Brian Engblom
  4. Steve Levy-Bobby Taylor
1995–96
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Tom Mees-Darren Pang
  3. Mike Goldberg-Brian Engblom
  4. Steve Levy-Daryl Reaugh
1996–97
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Dave Strader-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Ryan or Steve Levy-Brian Engblom
  4. Dave Ryan-Bobby Taylor
1997–98
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Dave Strader or Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Ryan, Steve Levy, or Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Dave Ryan-Brian Hayward (playoffs)
1998–99
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Dave Ryan-Eddie Olczyk
  5. Joe Beninati-Rick Bowness
1999–2000
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Jack Edwards-Jim Schoenfeld
  5. Dave Ryan-Joe Micheletti
  6. Joe Beninati-Neil Smith or Tony Twist
  7. Sean McDonough-Brian Engblom
2000–01
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Jack Edwards-Jim Schoenfeld
  5. Dave Ryan-Joe Micheletti
  6. Joe Beninati-Neil Smith or Tony Twist
2001–02
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Jack Edwards-Jim Schoenfeld
  5. Dave Ryan-Joe Micheletti
  6. Joe Beninati-Neil Smith
2002–03
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement and John Davidson
  2. Steve Levy-Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Joe Beninati-Neil Smith
  5. Sean McDonough-Brian Engblom, Ray Ferraro, or Eddie Olczyk
2003–04
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement and John Davidson
  2. Steve Levy-Barry Melrose and Darren Pang
  3. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  4. Joe Beninati-Neil Smith
  5. Sean McDonough-Brian Engblom, Ray Ferraro, or Eddie Olczyk
2021–22
  1. Sean McDonough-Ray Ferraro, Brian Boucher, and Kevin Weekes

Stanley Cup playoffs[]

Year Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice level reporter(s)
1986 Divisional semifinals Philadelphia-New York Rangers Games 4–5 Ken Wilson (Game 4)

Mike Lange (Game 5)

Mickey Redmond
Washington-New York Islanders Game 1[7] Mike Lange Bill Clement
Montréal-Boston Game 3 Mike Lange Bill Clement
Minnesota-St. Louis Game 2 Ken Wilson Mickey Redmond
Divisional finals Washington-New York Rangers Games 1–2, 4–6 Ken Wilson (Games 1, 6)
Mike Lange (Games 2, 4)
Jiggs McDonald (Game 5)
Mickey Redmond (Game 1)
Bill Clement (Game 2, 4–6)
Montréal-Hartford Games 3, 7[8] Jiggs McDonald (Game 3)
Ken Wilson (Game 7)
Bill Clement
Edmonton-Calgary Games 2, 4–7[9][10] Mike Lange (Games 2, 7)
Jim Hughson[11] (Games 4–6)
Mickey Redmond Jim Kelly[12]
Conference finals Montréal-New York Rangers Games 1–5[13] Ken Wilson (Games 1, 3)
Jiggs McDonald (Game 2)
Mike Lange (Games 4–5)
Mickey Redmond
Calgary-St. Louis Games 1–7[14][15][16][17][18] Jim Hughson (Games 1, 3, 5)
Mike Lange (Game 2)
Ken Wilson (Games 4, 6)
Sam Rosen (Game 7)
Bill Clement
1987 Divisional semifinals Hartford-Québec Game 5 Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Montréal-Boston Games 1–2[19][20] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Philadelphia-New York Rangers Games 3–4, 6 Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Washington-New York Islanders Game 7[21] Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees
Divisional finals Montréal-Québec Game 1 Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Philadelphia-New York Islanders Games 2, 4–7[22][23][24] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Detroit-Toronto Games 5–7 Tom Mees John Davidson (Games 5–6)
Bill Clement (Game 7)
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 2–4[25][26] Rick Peckham (Game 2)
Sam Rosen (in Winnipeg)
John Davidson
Conference finals Philadelphia-Montréal Games 1–6 Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[27] Ken Wilson Mike Liut
1988 Divisional semifinals New York Islanders-New Jersey Games 1, 3–4, 6[28][29] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Washington-Philadelphia Games 2, 4–5, 7[30] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Divisional finals Washington-New Jersey Games 1, 3, 6–7 Sam Rosen Phil Esposito
Montréal-Boston Games 2, 4–5[31][32] Sam Rosen Phil Esposito
Detroit-St. Louis Games 2, 5[33][34][35][36][37] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Calgary-Edmonton Games 1, 3–4[38][39] Bruce Buchanan (Game 1)
Mike Emrick (in Edmonton)
Bill Clement
Conference finals Boston-New Jersey Games 1–7[40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47] Sam Rosen Phil Esposito Matt Lauer
Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[48][49][50][51][52][53][54] Mike Emrick Bill Clement

Studio personalities[]

  • Chris Berman: Stanley Cup Finals host (2002–04)
  • Scotty Bowman: Studio analyst if Detroit Red Wings missed or eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs
  • John Buccigross: Studio host (1998–2004, 2021–present)[55]
  • Chris Chelios: Studio analyst (2021–present)[56]
  • Bill Clement: Studio analyst (1992–93 regular season)
  • Brian Engblom: Studio analyst (1992–2004)
  • Ray Ferraro: Lead studio analyst (2002–2004)
  • E.J. Hradek: Insider (1992–2004, 2021-present)
  • Jim Kelly: Studio host (1985–86)
  • Steve Levy: Studio host (1993–2004); Lead studio host (2021–present)
  • Tom Mees: Lead studio host (1985–88, 1992–93)
  • Barry Melrose: Lead studio analyst (1996–2004, 2021–present)
  • Mark Messier: Studio analyst (2021–present)[57][58][59][55]
  • Mike Milbury: Lead studio analyst (1995)[60][61]
  • Al Morganti: Studio analyst (1992–2004)
  • Eddie Olczyk: Studio analyst (2002–2004)
  • Darren Pang: Studio analyst (1992–2004)
  • Bill Patrick: Studio host
  • Bill Pidto: Studio host (1995–1998)
  • John Saunders: Alternate studio host (1987–88), Lead studio host (1992–2004)
  • Jim Schoenfeld: Studio analyst (1993 Stanley Cup playoffs)[62][63][64]
  • John Tortorella: Studio analyst (2021–present)[65][66]

Reporters[]

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