Turner Sports Bolsters NHL Game and Studio Commentator Team


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Turner Sports NHL Studio Team to Feature Collection of Accomplished Analysts Including “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonnette, Alongside Host Liam McHugh

Brendan Burke and Darren Pang Added as Commentator Team, Working in Tandem with Previously Announced Pairing of Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk

Keith Jones to Provide Ice-Level Analysis, with Jennifer Botterill, Tarik El-Bashir and Jackie Redmond as Contributors; Andrew ‘Nasher’ Telfer to Become Key Creator for Bleacher Report’s New ‘Open Ice’ Content Vertical

Turner Sports has assembled a deep roster of esteemed analysts, commentators and reporters in the run up to its inaugural NHL season, which is set to begin Wednesday, Oct. 13, on TNT with a doubleheader featuring the New York Rangers at the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks at the Colorado Avalanche at 10 p.m.

Turner Sports previously announced its game commentary team of Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk. They will be joined by Brendan Burke, who will provide play-by-play throughout the season alongside analyst Darren Pang. Keith Jones will provide ice-level analysis for NHL games on TNT, with Jennifer Botterill, Jackie Redmond and Tarik El-Bashir contributing to telecasts.

Turner Sports’ NHL studio coverage will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside a collection of analysts including “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, 10-year NHL veteran Anson Carter, three-time Stanley Cup Champion Rick Tocchet and hockey personality and former AHL & NHL veteran Paul Bissonnette.

This veteran group of announcers, analysts and reporters bring a wealth of on-ice experience and achievements to Turner Sports’ NHL coverage including eight Stanley Cups, four Olympic medals, 11 World Championship medals, more than 5,200 pro hockey regular season games played, and more than 5,400 regular season career points.

Additionally, Bleacher Report has tapped Andrew ‘Nasher’ Telfer, one of the preeminent hockey content creators in the world, to be a key component of the brand’s NHL content strategy. Nasher, as he is more commonly known through his popular hockey-based Twitch and YouTube channels, will star in a series of interactive mid and long-form content offerings for B/R’s new NHL-specific content vertical, ‘Open Ice’, leveraging B/R’s access to NHL rights for creative across B/R and House of Highlights social channels and live streams within the B/R App.

Turner Sports’ 2021-22 Regular Season NHL Coverage
Turner Sports will drop the puck for its first-ever live NHL regular season action on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with a TNT prime time doubleheader beginning with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meeting for the first time since their hotly contested two-game series last May. Later in the night, the Chicago Blackhawks – with nine-time NHL All-Star Patrick Kane and the anticipated return of Jonathan Toews – will visit the Colorado Avalanche, led by Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.

The following week, TNT’s doubleheader coverage will continue with a pair of Eastern and Western Conference showdowns starting with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Boston Bruins, followed by the St. Louis Blues visiting the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Later this season, the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic on TNT will showcase the Blues against the Minnesota Wild at Target Field – home of the Minnesota Twins – on Saturday, Jan. 1. The marquee event continues the tradition first established in 2008 of hosting regular season outdoor games at the start of the New Year.

Announced earlier this year, Turner Sports’ multi-year NHL agreement includes crowning a champion through its exclusive live coverage of the Stanley Cup Final on TNT in three of the seven years; half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each year (half of the Conference Finals, First and Second Round games); rights to up to 72 exclusive national regular season games each season; and expansive digital and highlight rights for Bleacher Report, House of Highlights and additional platforms.

Source Warner Media

September 15, 2021 1:00pm ET by Pressparty  


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