Broadcast teams[edit | edit source]

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]

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. Steve Levy-Brian Engblom
  4. Dave Ryan-Bobby Taylor
1997–98
  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Dave Strader-Darren Pang
  3. Dave Ryan-Brian Engblom
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. Jack Edwards-Neil Smith
  5. Dave Ryan-Denis Potvin
  6. John Forslund-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

Stanley Cup playoffs[edit | edit source]

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 (Games 4–6)
Mickey Redmond Jim Kelly
Conference finals Montréal-New York Rangers Games 1–5[11] Ken Wilson (Games 1, 3)
Jiggs McDonald (Game 2)
Mike Lange (Games 4–5)
Mickey Redmond
Calgary-St. Louis Games 1–7[12][13] 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[14][15] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Philadelphia-New York Rangers Games 3–4, 6 Mike Emrick (Games 3, 6)
Ken Wilson (Game 4) and Mike Emrick
Bill Clement
Washington-New York Islanders Game 7[16] Mike Emrick Bill Clement Tom Mees
Divisional finals Montréal-Québec Game 1 Ken Wilson and Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Philadelphia-New York Islanders Games 2, 4-7[17][18][19] Mike Emrick (Games 2-5, 7)
Ken Wilson (Game 6) and Mike Emrick
Bill Clement
Detroit-Toronto Games 5–7 Tom Mees Phil Esposito and John Davidson (Games 5–6)
Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement (Game 7)
Edmonton-Winnipeg Games 2–4[20][21] 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[22] Ken Wilson Joe Micheletti, Bruce Affleck, and Mike Liut
1988 Divisional semifinals New York Islanders-New Jersey Games 1, 3–4, 6[23][24] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Washington-Philadelphia Games 2, 4–5, 7[25] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Divisional finals Washington-New Jersey Games 1, 3, 6–7 Sam Rosen Phil Esposito
Montréal-Boston Games 2, 4–5[26][27] Sam Rosen Phil Esposito
Detroit-St. Louis Games 2, 5 Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Calgary-Edmonton Games 1, 3–4[28][29] Bruce Buchanan (Game 1)
Mike Emrick (in Edmonton)
Bill Clement
Conference finals Boston-New Jersey Games 1–7[30] Mike Emrick and Sam Rosen Bill Clement and Phil Esposito
Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[31] Sam Rosen and Mike Emrick Phil Esposito and Bill Clement

Studio personalities[edit | edit source]

Reporters[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ESPN BREAKS THE ICE FOR SPORTS FANS WITH CAPS-RANGERS GAME THURSDAY. Sun-Sentinel (October 10, 1985). Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
  2. BUT IT'S JUST RIGHT FOR MOUNTAIN TIME. Sun-Sentinel (September 13, 1986). Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
  3. Gary Player Gives His Views on Apartheid. Los Angeles Times (April 24, 1987). Retrieved on April 17, 2020.
  4. Shuster, Rachel. "CBS ready if NBA games get boring", April 24, 1987. 
  5. Shuster, Rachel. "ESPN RATINGS", April 22, 1987. 
  6. ESPN, HOME TEAM SPORTS COOL ON ICE. Washington Post (April 22, 1988). Retrieved on April 17, 2020.
  7. 1986 Islanders Capitals playoff series highlights at YouTube
  8. 1986 Adams Division Final Montreal Canadiens vs Hartford Whalers Game 7 at YouTube
  9. NHL 20.04.1986 G2 Calgary Flames - Edmonton Oilers at YouTube
  10. 1986 NHL SCP DF G 4 Edmonton @ Calgary 4 24 1986 at YouTube
  11. Canadiens V Rangers 1986 playoffs game 3 overtime at YouTube
  12. The Monday Night Miracle (1986) BLUES 6-5 FLAMES at YouTube
  13. Smapdi's Hockey Videos NHL.Classic.11.28.2006.Blues.v.Flames.SemiFinals.G7.1986.EN at YouTube
  14. *Bruins - Canadiens brawl 4/8/87 playoffs at YouTube
  15. Mats Naslund overtime goal vs. Boston, Game 2 of the 1987 Adams Division Semi-Final at YouTube
  16. 1987 Easter Epic Islanders at Capitals NHL on ESPN feed highlights at YouTube
  17. Game 2 1987 Patrick Divisino Final Islanders at Flyers Maklea Wins It NHL on ESPN feed at YouTube
  18. NHL on ESPN Game 5 1987 Patrick Division Final Islanders at Flyers at YouTube
  19. Game 6 1987 Patrick Division Final Flyers at Islanders NHL on ESPN feed highlights at YouTube
  20. 1987 Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers Game#2 Second Round at YouTube
  21. 1987 Winnipeg Jets vs Edmonton Oilers Game#3 Second Round at YouTube
  22. NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Finals 1987 - Game 1 - Detroit Red Wings @ Edmonton Oilers at YouTube
  23. NHL on ESPN Game 1 1988 Patrick Division Semifinal Devils at Islanders (ESPN Classic) at YouTube
  24. NHL on ESPN Game 4 1988 Patrick Division Semifinal Islanders at Devils at YouTube
  25. 1988 NHL Playoffs Flyers at Capitals Game 7 (Full Game) at YouTube
  26. NHL 24.04.1988 G4 Montreal Canadiens - Boston Bruins at YouTube
  27. NHL 26.04.1988 G5 Boston Bruins - Montreal Canadiens at YouTube
  28. Marty McSorley Spears Mike Bullard (Oilers vs Flames) 1988 Playoffs at YouTube
  29. Marty McSorley Spear 1988 (Mike Emrick & Bill Clement) at YouTube
  30. *Replacement officials game 5/8/88 at YouTube
  31. Oilers vs Red Wings (G # 4 - OT) 1988 Conference Finals at YouTube
  32. Pergament, Alan. "Brenon Knows Her Hockey ABC's", April 17, 1994. Retrieved on June 19, 2013. 
  33. Shuster, Rachel. "Esposito on the spot, and ESPN on the ball", May 10, 1988, p. 3C. 
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