Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948, in Bangor, Maine) is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN and ABC, working Major League Baseball, College football and Frozen Four hockey contests. He is also the television play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles.
Thorne rose to prominence in Maine broadcasting, when he began calling play-by-play for the University of Maine's hockey games for Bangor radio station WABI. As the voice of the Hockey Black Bears, he quickly became one of the most recognizable radio voices in the state.
From 1989-1992, he was hired as the ice level reporter.
From 1992 through 2004, Thorne called NHL play-by-play for games on ESPN, ESPN2 and (beginning 1999) ABC, including many of the latter-round playoff games. He was almost always paired along with analyst Bill Clement during these ESPN-produced telecasts. NBC enlisted Thorne to call the hockey tournament with Bill Clement, John Davidson, and Brian Engblom during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He is the announcer on the NHL 09 and NHL 10 video games alongside Bill Clement, and Brian Engblom.
In 2005 when ESPN dropped out of the bidding for NHL hockey games, Gary Thorne began doing play-by-play for baseball and college football on ESPN. He also picked up duties as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Frozen Four alongside Bill Clement, and Brian Engblom.
Thorne was named to call the play-by-play of Team USA's games in the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for the NHL Network alongside Bill Clement. However, shortly before the tournament started, he was replaced by JP Dellacamera for personal reasons.