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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. 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 and Brian Boucher

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 and Bill Clement
Washington-New York Islanders Game 1[7] Mike Lange Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement
Montréal-Boston Game 3 Jim Kelly Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement
Minnesota-St. Louis Game 2 Ken Wilson Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement
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 (Games 2, 4–6)
Montréal-Hartford Games 3, 7[8] Jiggs McDonald (Game 3)
Ken Wilson (Game 7)
Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement
Edmonton-Calgary Games 2, 4–7[9][10] Mike Lange (Games 2, 7)
Jim Hughson[11] (Games 4–6)
Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement 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 and Bill Clement
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)
Mickey Redmond and Bill Clement
1987 Divisional semifinals Hartford-Québec Game 5 Ken Wilson and Mike Emrick Joe Micheletti, Mike Liut, and Bill Clement
Montréal-Boston Games 1–2[19][20] Mike Emrick Bill Clement
Philadelphia-New York Rangers Games 3–4, 6 Mike Emrick (Games 3, 6)
Ken Wilson (Game 4) and Mike Emrick
Joe Micheletti, Mike Liut, and 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 (Games 2-5, 7)
Ken Wilson (Game 6) and Mike Emrick
Joe Micheletti, Mike Liut, and 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[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 Joe Micheletti, Bruce Affleck, and 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 Mickey Redmond, John Davidson, and Phil Esposito
Montréal-Boston Games 2, 4–5[31][32] Sam Rosen Mickey Redmond, John Davidson, and 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 and Mike Emrick Mickey Redmond, John Davidson, Phil Esposito, Mickey Redmond, and Bill Clement Matt Lauer
Edmonton-Detroit Games 1–5[48][49][50][51][52][53][54] Sam Rosen and Mike Emrick Mickey Redmond, John Davidson, Phil Esposito, Mickey Redmond, and Bill Clement

Studio personalities[]

Reporters[]

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