ESPN released its NHL announcing talent on Tuesday as the network gears up to take over as one of the NHL’s national television partners this summer.
The announcement includes Chris Chelios and Cassie Campbell-Pascall, names that The Athletic previously reported as potential ESPN additions this week, in addition to names like Kevin Weekes and Ryan Callahan.
Campbell-Pascall has been with Sportsnet since 2013, and a source said while she’ll be joining ESPN it doesn’t mean she’ll necessarily be leaving Sportsnet entirely. She’s been working as a broadcaster since she retired as a player and joined Hockey Night in Canada in 2006.
Hilary Knight, an active player, and Blake Bolden, who works for the Los Angeles Kings, will both join the network as well.
Chelios, first reported by the New York Post on Monday, will join Mark Messier as an analyst.
ESPN had also signed Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher as game analysts, both of whom are expected to work the Stanley Cup Final.
ESPN’s play-by-play commentary will be led by Sean McDonough. Steve Levy will lead the studio team and call several games throughout the season. Levy is currently in Tampa for the Stanley Cup Final, working with Barry Melrose who will also continue to be part of ESPN’s broadcast team.
John Buccigross, Bob Wischusen and Leah Hextall will also be a part of the play-by-play team.
ESPN, which signed a seven-year, $2.8 billion deal with the league, will have its official kick-off as the A package rights holder in July when it airs the Seattle Kraken expansion draft and the NHL Draft.
Turner Sports, which has the B package, has already announced that its top broadcast team will be Kenny Albert and Eddie Olcyzk, while the network made the biggest splash when it hired Wayne Gretzky for a studio analyst role. Turner, as first reported by the Post, is currently courting Brendan Burke as its second potential play-by-play broadcaster.
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