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Nhlonabc

The NHL on ABC is a former TV show that televised National Hockey League games on the American Broadcasting Company and was produced by ABC's corporate sibling (under the Walt Disney Company umbrella) ESPN.

Before the 1992–93 NHL seasonEdit

In 1979, ABC was contracted to televise Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.[1] Since the Finals ended in five games, the contract was void. Had there been a Game 7, then Al Michaels (play-by-play), Jim McKay (anchor, under the Wide World of Sports umbrella), Bobby Clarke (color commentator), and Frank Gifford (reporter) would've called it. This would have given Michaels the distinction of calling all four major North American sports championships, having since called the Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA Finals.

1992–1994 versionEdit

In the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, ABC televised six weekly regional telecasts on Sunday afternoons beginning in March (or the last three Sundays of the regular season). This marked the first time that regular season broadcasts of National Hockey League games were aired on American network television[2] since 1974–75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner). ABC would then televise three weeks worth of playoff games (or the first three Sundays of the playoffs). They didn't 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 the case was with the 1999–20002003–04 package) were essentially, time buys by ESPN. The main difference is that the graphics were ABC Sports' instead of the ones seen on ESPN National Hockey Night. In later years, the roles would be reversed as ESPN's graphical style would be used with the exception of intermission reports. ABC even used ESPN's theme music for the 1992–1994 coverage and get to televised the first 2 rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During ABC's next stint with the NHL, they had their own theme music (composed by Bob Christianson).

AnnouncersEdit

Studio hostsEdit

  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement
  2. Mike Emrick-John Davidson or Jim Schoenfeld
  3. Al Michaels-Bobby Clarke-Frank Gifford

SchedulesEdit

1993-94Edit

Main article: 1993–94 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern)
March 27 Boston at Washington
Detroit at Chicago
New York Rangers at Winnipeg
Los Angeles at Vancouver
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

April 3 Boston at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Washington
St. Louis at Detroit
Edmonton at Los Angeles
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

April 10 New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Boston at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at Chicago
Dallas at St. Louis
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

April 17,[3][4] 24, May 1: Playoffs

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF COMMENTATOR CREWS Edit

1993 Edit

Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color commentators
Division semifinals Pittsburgh vs. New Jersey Games 1, 4 Gary Thorne Bill Clement
Chicago vs. St. Louis Games 1, 4 Mike Emrick Jim Schoenfeld
Calgary vs. Los Angeles Games 1, 4 Al Michaels John Davidson
Division finals Pittsburgh vs. New York Islanders Game 1 Gary Thorne Bill Clement
Toronto vs. St. Louis Game 4 Gary Thorne Bill Clement
Vancouver vs. Los Angeles Game 1 Mike Emrick John Davidson
Conference finals Montreal vs. New York Islanders Game 1 Gary Thorne Bill Clement

1994 Edit

Round Series Games covered Play-by-play Color Commentators Ice level reporters
Conference quarterfinals New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders Games 1, 4 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Dallas vs. St. Louis Games 1, 4 Tom Mees John Davidson Al Morganti
Conference semifinals New Jersey vs. Boston Game 1 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom

1999–2004 versionEdit

In August 1998, ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC signed a five year deal worth a total of approximately $600,000,000 (or $120,000,000 per year).

This time around, ABC televised 4 to 5 weeks worth of regional games on Saturday afternoons beginning in January. ABC also televised the National Hockey League All-Star Game and Games 3–7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in prime time.

Following the 2003–04 season, ESPN was only willing to renew for two years at $60 million per year and ABC refused to televise the Stanley Cup Finals in prime time. Disney executives later conceded that they overpaid for the 1999–2004 deal, so their offer to renew the TV rights was lower in 2004.[5]

AnnouncersEdit

Studio personalitiesEdit

Stanley Cup Finals personalitiesEdit

Commentator CrewsEdit

  1. Gary Thorne-Bill Clement-John Davidson
  2. Steve Levy-Darren Pang
  3. Mike Emrick-Eddie Olczyk
  4. Dave Strader-Brian Engblom
  5. Dave Ryan-Joe Micheletti

Reporters Edit

SchedulesEdit

1999-2000Edit

[6]
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
March 18 Pittsburgh at Boston

New York Rangers at Philadelphia

Dallas at Chicago
Detroit at Colorado

3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

March 26 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

New York Rangers at Detroit
St. Louis at Chicago
Colorado at Dallas

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

April 1 New York Rangers at Boston

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Detroit at St. Louis
Anaheim at Los Angeles

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

April 9 Philadelphia at New York Rangers
St. Louis at Chicago
Detroit at Colorado
Los Angeles at Anaheim

Phoenix at Dallas

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

Dave Ryan and Joe Micheletti

2000-01Edit

Main article: 2000–01 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
March 10 New Jersey at Philadelphia
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at Dallas
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.

March 17 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Detroit at Colorado
San Jose at Los Angeles
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 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

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

3:00 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
Detroit at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Pittsburgh
Colorado at Los Angeles
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

April 7 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Colorado at Detroit
Dallas at San Jose
New York Rangers at Florida
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

2001-02Edit

Main article: 2001–02 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
January 5 Detroit at Colorado
Pittsburgh at New York Rangers
Washington at Boston
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

January 12 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Detroit
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

March 2 Philadelphia at New York Rangers
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Colorado
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

March 9 Pittsburgh at New York Rangers
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at Los Angeles
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

March 16 Boston at Detroit
New York Rangers at New Jersey*
Colorado at Philadelphia
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

2002-03Edit

Main article: 2002–03 NHL season
[7]
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
January 11 Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Philadelphia
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

February 8 Pittsburgh at Boston
Colorado at Detroit
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

March 15 Colorado at Detroit
New York Rangers at New Jersey*

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

March 22 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Chicago at Colorado
Detroit at St. Louis
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

Steve Levy, Barry Melrose, and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Brian Engblom

March 29 Detroit at St. Louis
New York Rangers at Boston
Phoenix at Colorado
1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick, and Barry Melrose.

2003-04 seasonEdit

Main article: 2003–04 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
January 10 Detroit at Boston
Colorado at Dallas
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk

February 14 New York Rangers at Philadelphia

Colorado at Detroit
Boston at Chicago

3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk

March 13 Dallas at Detroit
New Jersey at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at San Jose
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

March 20 New York Rangers at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Dallas
3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk

March 27 Colorado at Detroit

Los Angeles at Calgary

1:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John DavidsonSteve Levy and Darren Pang

Stanley Cup playoffs 2000-2004 Edit

Year Round Teams Games Play-by-play Color commentators Ice Level Reporters
2000 Conference quarterfinals Washington-Pittsburgh Game 2 Steve Levy Darren Pang Daryl Reaugh
St. Louis-San Jose Games 2, 6 Dave Strader (Game 2)

Gary Thorne(Game 6)

Brian Engblom (Game 2)

Bill Clement (Game 6)

Brian Hayward (Game 2)

Brian Engblom (Game 6)

Colorado-Phoenix Game 2 Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti
Detroit-Los Angeles Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Conference semifinals Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
Colorado-Detroit Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Conference finals Philadelphia-New Jersey Game 1 Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Brian Engblom
Dallas-Colorado Game 4 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2001 Conference quarterfinals Washington-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5 Dave Strader (Game 2)

Gary Thorne (Game 5)

Jim Schoenfeld (Game 2)

Bill Clement (Game 5)

Chris Simpson (Game 2)

Brian Engblom (Game 5)

Philadelphia-Buffalo Games 2, 6 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond
Detroit-Los Angeles Games 2, 5 Mike Emrick (Game 2)

Steve Levy (Game 5)

Barry Melrose (Game 2)

Darren Pang (Game 5)

Mickey Redmond (Game 2)

Joe Micheletti (Game 5)

St. Louis-San Jose Games 2, 6 Dave Strader Daryl Reaugh Chris Simpson
Conference semifinals Buffalo-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5 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 Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond
Colorado-St. Louis Game 1 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2002 Conference quarterfinals Boston-Montreal Game 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
Carolina-New Jersey Game 6 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond
Toronto-New York Islanders Game 2 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
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 Brian Engblom Tony Granato
St. Louis-Chicago Game 2 Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Chris Simpson
Conference semifinals Detroit-St. Louis Games 2, 5 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 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2003 Conference quarterfinals Tampa Bay-Washington Game 2 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond
Philadelphia-Toronto Game 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Chris Simpson
Detroit-Anaheim Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Chris Simpson
Colorado-Minnesota Games 2, 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
Conference semifinals Ottawa-Philadelphia Game 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
New Jersey-Tampa Bay Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Chris Simpson
Dallas-Anaheim Games 2, 5 Steve Levy(Game 2)

Gary Thorne(Game 5)

Darren Pang (Game 2)

Bill Clement and John Davidson (Game 5)

Joe Micheletti (Game 2)

Chris Simpson (Game 5)

Conference finals Ottawa-New Jersey Game 4 Steve Levy Darren Pang and John Davidson Joe Micheletti
Minnesota-Anaheim Game 1 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom
2004 Conference quarterfinals Tampa Bay-New York Islanders Game 2 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
Philadelphia-New Jersey Game 5 Steve Levy Barry Melrose and Darren Pang Erin Andrews
Detroit-Nashville Games 2, 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson
San Jose-St. Louis Game 2 Mike Emrick Barry Melrose Mickey Redmond
Colorado-Dallas Game 5 Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti
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 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Sam Ryan (Game 1) and Joe Micheletti (Game 4)

Nielsen ratingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Associated Press. "NHL, ABC-TV Agree", May 13, 1979, p. 89. 
  2. Shea, Jim. "Select few watching NHL on ABC", May 7, 1993, p. E9. 
  3. Hiestand, Michael. "USA's Kenin gets CBS sports job", April 15, 1994, p. 2C. 
  4. "HOCKEY; Nothing Is as Easy as ABC", April 15, 1994. 
  5. Downey, Kevin (April 12, 2001). "Sports TV get pricier and pricier. Here's why". Media Life Magazine. 
  6. "1999-2000 NHL Schedule", Washingtonpost.com, October 1, 1999. 
  7. ABC's 2002-2003 NHL schedule. ABC Sports. ESPN.com.

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