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The NHL On ABC

NHL on ABC
Nhlonabc.jpg
Logo used from 1999 to 2004
GenreHockey telecasts
Presented bySean McDonough
Ray Ferraro
Brian Boucher
Steve Levy
Barry Melrose
Mark Messier
Chris Chelios
Theme music composerBob Christianson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2 (1992-1994 version)
5 (1999-2004 version)
7 (2021 version)
14 (total)
Production
Production locationVarious NHL arenas (game telecasts)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time180 minutes or until end of game
Production companiesESPN on ABC
ESPN
Release
Original networkABC
Original release
  • First run: March 28, 1993-May 1, 1994
  • Second run: February 6, 2000-June 7, 2004
  • Third run: 2021-present
Chronology
Preceded byNHL on Fox (National over-the-air broadcaster 1994-1999)
NHL on NBC (National over-the-air and cable broadcaster 2005-2021)
Related shows
External links
Website

The NHL on ABC is the branding used for broadcasts of National Hockey League (NHL) games televised on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States. The network first broadcast NHL games during the 1992-93 season on March 28, 1993 under a two-year time-buy agreement with ESPN. After the two years, the NHL left ABC for newcomer Fox.

As part of a joint contract with ESPN, which was reached right before the 1998-99 season, the NHL returned to ABC on February 6, 2000 with their coverage of the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto. Regular season game telecasts returned to ABC on March 18, 2000. ABC also gained the rights to select games from each round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well as the remaining five games of the Stanley Cup Finals.[1] After the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL left ABC again for NBC because Disney execs admitted that they overpaid for the 1999-2004 deal, and the fact that ABC had refused to air the Stanley Cup Finals in prime time. That also led to ESPN dropping the NHL after the 2004-05 lockout.

After multiple reports had been confirmed the previous day, on March 11, 2021, it was officially announced that after 16 years away from the game, the NHL would be returning to ABC as part of another ESPN deal starting in the 2021-22 season.[2][3][4]

History

Before the 1992-93 NHL season

After being dropped by NBC after the 1974-75 season,[5][6][7] the NHL did not maintain a national television contract in the United States.[8][9][10] In response to this, the league put together a network of independent stations covering approximately 55% of the country.[11][12][13]

Games typically aired on Monday nights[14] (beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time) or Saturday afternoons. The package was offered to local stations without a rights fee.[15] Profits would instead be derived from the advertising, which was about evenly split between the network and the local station. The Monday night games were often billed as "The NHL Game of the Week".[16]

Initially, the Monday night package was marketed to ABC affiliates; the idea being that ABC carried NFL football games on Monday nights in the fall and (starting in May 1976) Major League Baseball games on Monday nights in the spring and summer, stations would want the hockey telecasts to create a year-round Monday night sports block; however, very few ABC stations chose to pick up the package.

In 1979, ABC was contracted to televise Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.[17][18] Since the Finals ended in five games, the contract was void.[19] Had there been a seventh game, then Al Michaels would have called play-by-play alongside Bobby Clarke (color commentator). Jim McKay would host the seventh game in the studio, and Frank Gifford (reporter, who would have been in the winning team's dressing room to interview players and coaches as well as hand the phone to the winning team's coach that that would have allowed him to talk to both President Jimmy Carter and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau). This would give Michaels the honor of being the first to provide the play-by-play in four of the five major professional sports, having called the Super Bowl, the World Series, and NBA Finals. The game would have started at 5:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on a Saturday, replacing Wide World of Sports and local news shows that typically followed it on ABC stations in the Eastern and Central time zones.

It was also around this time that ABC offered the NHL a limited deal that NHL president John Ziegler Jr.[20] quickly rejected. ABC wanted to split the network and show the NHL in the Northeast and Midwest and NASCAR in the South on Sunday afternoons.

ABC's coverage of the Winter Olympics

Even though ABC didn't yet televise National Hockey League games, they were the American network broadcast home of the Winter Olympic games beginning in 1964 and continuing through the 1988 Winter Games from Calgary. For the ice hockey events, employed Curt Gowdy for play-by-play duties in 1968 and 1976 (NBC had the broadcasting rights for the 1972 Games in the interim) Games. Gowdy worked with Brian Conacher for the 1976 ice hockey events.

For years later at Lake Placid, ABC was on hand for a medal-round men's ice hockey game that would soon become known the "Miracle on Ice". On 22 February 1980, the United States team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team, which consisted of veteran professional players with significant experience in international play. The rest of the United States (except those who watched the game live on Canadian television) had to wait to see the game, as ABC decided to broadcast the late-afternoon game on tape delay in prime time.[21] Sportscaster Al Michaels, who was calling the game on ABC along with former Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden, picked up on the countdown in his broadcast, and delivered his famous call:[22]

Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!

Al Michaels would continue serving as ABC's lead play-by-play announcer for their ice hockey coverage for their next two Winter Olympics. In 1984 from Sarajevo, Michaels again worked alongside Ken Dryden while Mike Eruzione, who was the captain of the gold medal-winning United States ice hockey team from 1980, primarily worked with Don Chevrier. For ABC's final Winter Olympics four years later, Michaels and Dryden were paired once again while Eruzione was this time, paired with Jiggs McDonald.

ABC Radio coverage (1989-1991)

In 1989,[23] the NHL signed a two-year contract (lasting through the 1990-91 season) with ABC Radio for the broadcast rights to the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup Finals.[24][25] ABC Radio named Don Chevrier and Phil Esposito as their main commentating crew.[26][27][28][29][30]

Time-buy deal with ESPN (1992-1994)

In the 1992-93 season, ABC televised five weekly playoff telecasts[31] (the first three weeks were regional coverage of various games and two national games)[32][33] on Sunday afternoons starting on 18 April.[34] This marked the first time that playoff National Hockey League games were broadcast on American network television[35] since 1974-75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner[36][37][38][39][40][41][42]). In the 1993-94 season, ABC televised six[43] weekly regional telecasts[32][33] on Sunday afternoons beginning in March[44] (or the last three Sundays[45] of the regular season). This marked the first time that regular season National Hockey League games were broadcast on American network television[35] since 1974-75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner). ABC then televised three weeks worth of playoff games on first three Sundays[46] - the final game was Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Bruins and the New Jersey Devils, a game that was aired nationally. The network did not televise the Stanley Cup Finals, which instead, were televised nationally by ESPN and by Prime Ticket in Los Angeles (1993) and MSG Network in New York (1994). Games televised on ABC were not subject to blackout.

These broadcasts (just as was the case with the 1999-2004 package) were essentially, time-buys[47] by ESPN.[48][49] In other words, ABC would sell three-hour blocks of airtime to ESPN,[50] who in return, would produce and distribute the telecasts.[35] Overall, ABC averaged a 1.7 rating for those two seasons.[51][52][53]

When the NHL television contract went up for negotiation in early 1994, Fox (which was in the process of launching its sports division after acquiring the rights to the National Football Conference of the NFL) and CBS (which was hoping to land a major sports contract to replace the NFL rights that they lost to Fox and Major League Baseball rights that they lost to ABC and NBC) competed heavily for the package. On 9 September 1994, the National Hockey League reached a five-year, US$155 million contract with Fox[54] for the broadcast television rights to the league's games, beginning with the 1994-95 season.[55]

Announcers

Studio host

Play-by-play

  1. Gary Thorne
  2. Tom Mees
  3. Mike Emrick
  4. Al Michaels (1993)
  5. Bob Miller (1993-94)
  6. Sam Rosen (1993-94)

Color commentators

  1. Bill Clement
  2. John Davidson
  3. Darren Pang (1993-94)
  4. Joe Micheletti (1993-94)
  5. Jim Schoenfeld (1993)

Reporters

  1. Al Morganti
  2. Bob Neumeier
  3. Brenda Brenon[56]
  4. Mark Jones

Schedules

1993-94
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern)
27 March[57][58][59][60] Boston at Washington
Detroit at Chicago
New York Rangers at Winnipeg
Los Angeles at Vancouver
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
2 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 April[61] Boston at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Washington[62][63][64]
St. Louis at Detroit[65]
Edmonton at Los Angeles
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
4 p.m.
10 April New York Rangers at New York Islanders[66][67]
Boston at Philadelphia[68][69][70]
Los Angeles at Chicago
Dallas at St. Louis
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.

17 April,[71][72] 24, 1 May: Playoffs

Stanley Cup playoff commentator crews
1993
1994

NHL returns to ABC (1999-2004)

In August 1998, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 signed a five-year television deal with the NHL, worth a total of approximately US$600 million[80][81][82][83][84][85][86] (or $120 million per year), beginning with the league's 1999-2000 season. The $120 million per year that ABC and ESPN paid for rights dwarfed the $5.5 million that the NHL received from American national broadcasts in the 1991-92 season.[87]

In May 2004, NBC and ESPN reached an agreement to broadcast NHL games beginning in the 2004-05 season, which would end up being canceled as a result of the 2004-05 NHL lockout; ESPN would later withdraw from the deal in favor of OLN,[88] which wound up being rebranded as NBCSN in 2012. In the interval between the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals and the start of the 2005-06 season, several ABC affiliates, including WDTN in Dayton, Ohio (a secondary market for the Columbus Blue Jackets) and WAND in Springfield, Illinois (which is served by the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues), affiliated with NBC.

Regular season

This time around, ABC televised four to five weeks worth of regional games on Saturday afternoons[89] beginning in January.

Announcers

Studio personalities

  1. John Saunders - studio host
  2. Steve Levy - fill-in studio host
  3. Barry Melrose - studio analyst[90][91]
  4. John Davidson - studio analyst (1999-2002)[92]

Stanley Cup Finals hosts

  1. Al Michaels (2000-2002)[93]
  2. Chris Berman (2003-2004)[94]

Play-by play men

  1. Gary Thorne
  2. Steve Levy
  3. Mike Emrick
  4. Dave Strader (1999-2002)

Color commentators

  1. Bill Clement
  2. John Davidson (2003-2004)[90][95][96][97]
  3. Darren Pang
  4. Barry Melrose (1999-2002)
  5. Brian Engblom (2002-04)[90]
  6. Brian Hayward (2000)
  7. Jim Schoenfeld (2001-2002)

Reporters

  1. Erin Andrews
  2. Brian Engblom
  3. Darren Pang
  4. Steve Levy
  5. Sam Ryan
  6. Joe Micheletti
  7. Tony Granato
  8. Daryl Reaugh
  9. Christine Simpson

Schedules

1999-2000

[98]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
March 18 Pittsburgh at Boston
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Detroit at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
March 26 New York Rangers at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Colorado at Dallas
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
April 1 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Anaheim at Los Angeles[99]
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
April 9 Phoenix at Dallas
Detroit at Colorado
Los Angeles at Anaheim
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
2000-01

[100]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
March 10 New Jersey at Philadelphia
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 17 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Detroit at Colorado[101]
San Jose at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 24 Detroit at New York Rangers
Colorado at Boston
Anaheim at Los Angeles
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 31 New York Rangers at New Jersey[102]
Detroit at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Pittsburgh[103]
Colorado at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Dave Strader and Jim Schoenfeld
April 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia[104]
Colorado at Detroit[105]
Dallas at San Jose[106]
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
2001-02

[107]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
January 5 Colorado at Detroit[108]
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
Washington at Boston
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
January 12 New York Rangers at Philadelphia[109][110]
St. Louis at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Detroit[111]
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 2[112] Philadelphia at New York Rangers
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
March 9[113] New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Los Angeles at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 16 Detroit at Boston
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Colorado at Philadelphia
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
2002-03

[114]

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
January 11 Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
February 8 Pittsburgh at Boston[115]
Detroit at Colorado
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
March 15 Colorado at Detroit[116][117]
New York Rangers at New Jersey
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
March 22 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Chicago at Colorado
Detroit at St. Louis[118]
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
March 29 Detroit at St. Louis[119][120][121]
New York Rangers at Boston[122]
Phoenix at Colorado
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
2003-04
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
January 10 Detroit at Boston
Colorado at Dallas
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
February 14 New York Rangers at Philadelphia[123]
Colorado at Detroit[124]
Boston at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
March 13 Dallas at Detroit
New Jersey at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom
March 20 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Dallas[125]
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
March 27 Colorado at Detroit[126]
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at Calgary
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
6 p.m.
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson
Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom

NHL All-Star Game

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2000-2004

Besides the National Hockey League All-Star Game,[136] ABC televised Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Finals[137] in prime time. In the league's previous broadcast television deal with Fox, the network split coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals with ESPN. Games 1, 5 and 7 were usually scheduled to be televised by Fox; Games 2, 3, 4 and 6 by ESPN. However, from 1995 to 1998, the Finals were all four-game sweeps; 1999 ended in six games. The consequence was that - except for 1995, when Fox did televise Game 4 - the decisive game was never on network television.

2003 was the only year that ABC broadcast both the NBA and the Stanley Cup Finals that involved teams from one city in the same year, as both the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils were in their respective league's finals. During ABC's broadcast of Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Nets in New Jersey on 8 June, Brad Nessler, Tom Tolbert and Bill Walton said that ABC was in a unique situation getting ready for both that game and Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Devils and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim the following night, also at Continental Airlines Arena. Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson mentioned this the following night, and thanked Nessler, Tolbert and Walton for promoting ABC's broadcast of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.[138]

Following the 2003-04 season, ESPN was only willing to renew its contract for two additional years at $60 million per year.[139] ABC refused to televise the Stanley Cup Finals in prime time, suggesting that the Finals games it would telecast be played on weekend afternoons (including a potential Game 7). Disney executives later conceded that they overpaid for the 1999-2004 deal, so the company's offer to renew the television rights was lower in 2004.[140]

ABC ended their second run with the NHL with their broadcast of Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals on June 7. There, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames by the score of 2-1 to clinch their first ever Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup playoffs commentating crews
Year Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Ice-level reporter(s)
2000 First round Washington-Pittsburgh Game 2 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Joe Micheletti
St. Louis-San Jose Games 2, 6[141][142] Dave Strader (Game 2)
Gary Thorne (Game 6)
Brian Hayward (Game 2)
Bill Clement (Game 6)
Brian Engblom (Game 6)
Colorado-Phoenix Game 2 Steve Levy Darren Pang Daryl Reaugh
Detroit-Los Angeles Game 2[143][144][145] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Conference semifinals Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5[146][147][148][149][150][151] Steve Levy (Game 2)
Gary Thorne (Game 5)
Darren Pang (Game 2)
Bill Clement (Game 5)
Daryl Reaugh (Game 2)
Brian Engblom and Darren Pang (Game 5)
Colorado-Detroit Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Conference finals Philadelphia-New Jersey Game 1[152][153][154][155] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Dallas-Colorado Game 4[156][157][158][159] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2001 First round Washington-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5[160] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Philadelphia-Buffalo Games 2, 6[161][162][163] Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Joe Micheletti
Detroit-Los Angeles Games 2, 5[164] Steve Levy Darren Pang Mickey Redmond
St. Louis-San Jose Games 2, 6[165][166] Dave Strader Jim Schoenfeld Christine Simpson
Conference semifinals Buffalo-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5[167][168][169][170] Steve Levy (Game 2)
Gary Thorne (Game 5)
Darren Pang (Game 2)
Bill Clement (Game 5)
Joe Micheletti (Game 2)
Brian Engblom (Game 5)
Colorado-Los Angeles Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Conference finals New Jersey-Pittsburgh Game 4 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Colorado-St. Louis Game 1[171] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2002 First round Boston-Montreal Game 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Carolina-New Jersey Game 6 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Christine Simpson
Toronto-New York Islanders Game 2 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Christine Simpson
Colorado-Los Angeles Games 2, 6 Gary Thorne (Game 2)
Steve Levy (Game 6)
Bill Clement (Game 2)
Darren Pang (Game 6)
Brian Engblom (Game 2)
Joe Micheletti (Game 6)
San Jose-Phoenix Game 2 Dave Strader Jim Schoenfeld Tony Granato
St. Louis-Chicago Game 2[172] Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
Conference semifinals Detroit-St. Louis Games 2, 5[173][174] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Colorado-San Jose Games 2, 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
Conference finals Detroit-Colorado Games 1, 4[175] Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2003[91] First round Tampa Bay-Washington Game 2 Mike Emrick Brian Engblom
Philadelphia-Toronto Game 5[176] Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Christine Simpson
Detroit-Anaheim Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Christine Simpson
Colorado-Minnesota Games 2, 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang
Conference semifinals Ottawa-Philadelphia Game 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
New Jersey-Tampa Bay Game 2[177] Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Christine Simpson
Dallas-Anaheim Games 2, 5[178] Steve Levy (Game 2)
Gary Thorne (Game 5)
Darren Pang (Game 2)
Bill Clement and John Davidson (Game 5)
Joe Micheletti (Game 2)
Christine Simpson (Game 5)
Conference finals Ottawa-New Jersey Game 4[179][180][181][182][183][184][185] Steve Levy Darren Pang and John Davidson Joe Micheletti
Minnesota-Anaheim Game 1[186][187] Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom
2004 First round Tampa Bay-New York Islanders Game 2[188] Steve Levy Darren Pang Erin Andrews
Philadelphia-New Jersey Game 5[189] Steve Levy Darren Pang Erin Andrews
Detroit-Nashville Games 2, 6[190][191] Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson
San Jose-St. Louis Game 2[192] Mike Emrick Brian Engblom
Colorado-Dallas Game 5 Mike Emrick Brian Engblom
Conference semifinals Detroit-Calgary Games 2, 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson
San Jose-Colorado Games 2, 5 Mike Emrick (Game 2)
Steve Levy (Game 5)
Brian Engblom (Game 2)
Darren Pang (Game 5)
Erin Andrews
Conference finals Tampa Bay-Philadelphia Games 1, 4[193][194] Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Sam Ryan (Game 1)
Joe Micheletti (Game 4)
Stanley Cup Final commentating crews

Second return to ABC (2021-present)

As previously mentioned, on March 10, 2021, the National Hockey League and The Walt Disney Company confirmed a seven-year television deal that would include games on ABC, along with ESPN, ESPN+, and Hulu beginning in the 2021-22 season.[202] At least 25 regular-season games will be scheduled to air on ESPN or ABC, along with half of the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and one conference final each year. ESPN and ABC have first choice of which conference final series to air.[203] ABC will exclusively broadcast four Stanley Cup Finals over the life of the contract, with the option to simulcast each game on ESPN+, as well as produce alternate broadcasts that will air on the different ESPN Networks. This will be the first time in Stanley Cup Finals history that the entire series will air on a broadcast over-the-air network.

Announcers

Studio personalities

  1. Steve Levy - studio host (2021-present)
  2. Barry Melrose - studio analyst (2021-present)
  3. Mark Messier - studio analyst (2021-present)
  4. Chris Chelios - studio analyst (2021-present)

Play-by-play

  1. Sean McDonough - lead play-by-play (2021-present)

Color commentators

  1. Ray Ferraro - co-lead color commentator (2021-present)
  2. Brian Boucher - co-lead color commentator (2021-present)

Nielsen ratings

National Hockey League coverage on ABC owned-and-operated television stations

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  185. ^ 2002-03 Round 3/Game 4: End Game on YouTube
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