The playoffs aren't just a time for the teams to shine, what about the announcers! That's what we're here to talk about at least. With the Stanley Cup Playoffs now moving towards its latter stages, we take a look at 5 personalities we'd like to see featured more prominently on NBC's NHL coverage throughout the postseason and beyond...
1) Pat Foley
National hockey fans aren't going to hear Foley unless NBC Sports Network syndicates the CSN Chicago feed and it's a shame. His partnership with Ed Olczyk is one of the most dynamic broadcasts. Chicago has been filled with iconic play by play men over the years and Foley is no exception. Perhaps NBC could assign the partnership to national playoff games not involving the Blackhawks next year as a way to get them more time.
2) Rick Peckham
Another local play by play man, the voice of the Lightning was a revelation for me this postseason. Let's face it, I don't tune in to many Lightning telecasts. Peckham is a veteran from the days of the Hartford Whalers, but still delivers an energetic call like the great nationally known hockey announcers. Even though he didn't have a team in the fight in this postseason, Peckham has a way of calling a game that emotionally invests viewers in what happens on the ice with the rises and changes in momentum throughout a hockey game.
3) Daryl Reaugh
"Razor" (pictured above) may be one of the most quotable analysts in any sport. The former NHL goaltender serves as the analyst for the Dallas Stars throughout the season and has dabbled in national work on both sides of the border. Add to that his humorous Twitter account https://twitter.com/Razor5Hole and NBC could have a colorful personality in the broadcast booth or the studio that could help their telecasts throughout the postseason.
4) Russ Thaler
5) Anson Carter
To be honest, I had no idea Carter analyzed hockey for NBC until I stumbled upon he and Russ Thaler at the desk during intermission on one of the CNBC games. I was impressed with the work by both men. It was a welcome relief from the often combative and argumentative nature of Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick. Carter was insightful and wasn't afraid to speak his mind, which is a positive sign in a relative newcomer to the national scene on television. It was like a throwback to a different era to see a broadcast not just get by, but thrive, with merely one anchor and one analyst. NBC also has two very solid studio hosts in Liam McHugh and Russ Thaler and the network can't go wrong with either of them.
PANG SUCKS. iiTURN THE VOLUME OFF AS SOON AS I HEAR THE ASS, PLAY BY PLAY AND goal! SHOTS! NO ONE IS AS STUPID AS PANG THINKS WE ARE1
okay by play has no place in hockey~
Darren Pang makes me turn the volume off the second I hear his voice. The worst! Add in 1-1 games and boring overtimes and the NHL has two of the most goon and boring teams in the NHL. Defense and goons is boring! The NHL is not gaining any fans and the defensive play turns everyone off! Changes some rules or stop the boring defense! Nothing to nothing or 1-0 is the worst! Hockey is fast and exciting but the Cup play sucks! Signed, Not watching the Cup!
Joe Beninati does work for the Wash. Capitals, and does a great job, he also worked for Versus awhile back and did a great job as well....i don't like the capitals, but do listen to the games just because he is working the game....
Who's this saying that Dave Strader is better than Doc Emrick... or even just good? I don't like the guy at all. He's pretty monotonous, and he rarely gives the viewer a sense of the majesty of the game or a moment. In final 15 seconds of the Bruins' series-clinching win at home over the Rangers, he was talking about an upcoming Game 6 in the western conference. And you say he does his job in telling you what's happening? Literally half of the time when there's a penalty, he doesn't even mention what the call was. Give me Doc or Jack Edwards any day over this guy.
Doc Emrick is a tool. I can't listen to the guy. he takes away from every game he does. the uneducated fan loves him. if you know anything about hockey you can't help but say "What the hell is he talking about?" he has no clue what is going on half the time.
Emrick is terrible. Constantly misidentifies who has the puck. Talks about where a guy played his high school/college/junior career. He is a joke. Offers no insight to the game. All he is, is a bunch of wild screams when there is a big chance.
Saying Strader is better than Emrick is plain stupid.....Doc is not only the best announcer in hockey....he's the best play by play man in all of sports
I'm sure that the Hawks' PBP guy is very good, but since I think it's a travesty that Ed Olczyk is doing color on games involving the Hawks for national playoff broadcasts, I really don't want to see any more of another of their announcers.
Hahn/Remenda. Love when I get a chance to hear them on a regional game. They do a great job together and separately.
I agree with someone who mentioned Ken Daniels, who is excellent whether doing the Wings, another NHL team, or NCAA broadcasts.
Anson Carter is an up and comer.
With all due respect to Doc Emrick, Dave Strader should be the #1 PBP guy for NBC. He is simply the best.
Ralph (Strangis) and Razor (Daryl Reaugh) in the Dallas Stars market are the best out there...I moved to Colorado and still go and listen to those guys online because they make listening to hockey fun. Imagine what a job they had to do when first moving there in 1993...coming to a world that was like 'what is hockey?' and they had to step back and teach a whole new audience about the game, the players, the coaches, the history...and they have done a marvelous job so that now it has been 20 years since the North Stars became the Dallas Stars, and though the team is struggling, these two keep it going strong! I like to listen just to hear what Razor is going to come up with next - he is quite entertaining!
Let me preface this by saying I am a huge Blackhawks fan. I don't understand the love affair with Pat Foley. What is it everyone likes about him. He has a raspy voice and there is absolutely no flow to his call. He tells stories at the worst possible times. I can't for the life of me understand why people think he's good. If I had a power ranking of hockey play by play guys he would be second to last right before Sam Rosen. When talking about guys who should get more air time Randy Hahn should be the first guy mentioned and Joe beninati.
Billy Jaffe, Ken Daniels, Randy Hahn and Bob Miller are guys I would
like to add onto this list. Billy Jafee is my all-time favorite color
commentator for hockey. Forget Pierre McGuire, forget Bill Clement,
forget Craig Simpson, Jaffe is where it is at. Never a dull moment and rarely bad insight from Jaffe when he is the color man for a broadcast. When you can stay out of the way of the action yet combine humor and insight into a broadcast, that is a job well done, Jaffe always does just that.
get the listening pleasure of hearing Ken Daniels every game as I live in
Detroit. Daniels has an energetic persona when calling games and gets you emtionally invested as a fan when significant moments in the game happen. I also enjoy it on the rarest of occasion when he is used on NBC
national telecasts. Randy Hahn, when I get to hear him via CSN Bay Area
on NBCSN is another guy I really enjoy. Hahn, like Daniels, gets you the viewer invested in the broadcast, he has a great goal call,
knows his stuff and has good banter with his color man, Drew Remda.
Can we please stop using Joe Micheletti "Inside the Glass" though. It's nothing personal against Joe, he seems like a great guy, but his commentary bores me to tears. With better options like Billy Jaffe and Daryl Reaugh out there I am unsure why NBC selects Micheletti every season for "Inside the Glass" but they do.
If I were the lead man in charge of the NHL on NBC I'd work my crews like this...
Main Crew: Doc Emrick, Eddie Olzyck and Billy Jaffe
Crew 2: John Forslund and Daryl Reaugh
Crew 3: Dave Strader and Pierre McGuire
Crew 4: Randy Hahn and Brian Engblom
Happily, massively annoying Bruins action-caller Jackie Edwards is nowhere to be found. Edwards, he of the 'Connecticut School of Broadcasting' pedigree, never misses an opportunity to create a soliloquy even though the opportunity might not really be there to do so. But Edwards has a flowery verbal hammer, so everything in a hockey game represents a nail to him. Also happily, we've seen and heard the last of Edwards for this season.
Stay up late some time to see some excellence in announcing out here in California.
Bob Miller (LA Kings) is one of the best TV hockey announcers and Jim Fox does well as his color guy. I watched them for many years in LA and he is always prepared and knows both teams. Bob Miller is also the announcer voice on the Disney Mighty Ducks films and he even did those well. Fans of last years Stanley Cup champions were offered a special broadcast of Miller/Fox calling the Finals because NBC didn't hire them. That would have been a better series to watch!
Randy Hahn/Drew Remenda are entertaining every night for Sharks Fans, they know both teams, know details about every player on both teams, and stay up with the play with added humor. Rememda is an ex-Asst coach/video coach and the local video crew gives him what he needs to provide detailed analysis in nearly zero time. Hahn/Rememda are pro-Sharks, but will praise opponents for excellent play and call out Sharks when they screw up in a factual manner.
Hahn/Rememda recently called an NBC Redwings @ LA Kings regular season game and they were excellent.
A major treat for the LA Kings-SJ Sharks playoff series would have been home announcers on NBC for each game!
Unfortunately, the guys announcing this series obviously don't know all the players nor their tendencies and they describe great plays with mind-numbing superlatives like "there's no one better at [shooting/passing/blocking] than..." and they are pro-Stanley Cup champions probably because they know more about them. They even referred to NHL star Logan Couture was by the wrong first name!
Miller/Foxx for LA games and Hahn/Remenda for SJ games on NBC would have geen great!
If you only watch games and announcers east of the Mississippi and north of the boarder, you are missing out on some announcing excellence in California.
@JohnEWalters Sorry but I strongly disagree. Emrick is forced to cater to a wider audience (including some uneducated fans) because he does national games, but he does a fantastic job of adding narrative and context to each game. I would say that a typical, straightforward "x passes to y" broadcaster who occasionally shouts nonsense so as to make himself more entertaining than the game (*ahem* Jack Edwards) is for the uneducated fan.
I'm no expert but FWIW I've played hockey for most of my life and I work in sports media (so I watch an insane number of games) and there's nobody I'd rather listen to than Emrick.
@BenjaminPGlaser All this bullshit and Lange just does naturally! I agree with you! The SC was a joke and I didn't watch a play! No offense and to much I will kill you if you try to score! NHL lost viewers this year!
@OlgieOlglethorp I think you should see a doctor because you are clearly not well
I disagree with you on that one. Eddie O is the best announcer. He is fair and calls it like it is. He does not favor one team over another when doing a broadcast.
@Yoizel No, it's not.It's my opinion, and it's one numerous people share. As I said, this is no disrespect to Emrick. Strader simply brings a different approach to the game.
@starsfan8 Totally agree. Ralph and Razor are the most popular announcing team in a city where hockey is a distant No. 4 and has great announcers such as Eric Nadel, Brad Sham/Babe Laufenberg and Chuck Cooperstein/Brad Davis.
@Yoizel I agree!! Pat Foley has seen his announcing career. We need someone else and as long as we are getting rid of Foley he could take Olcyk with him. If they do another shout out or do the telestrator again. Radio is way better the only thing is it is behind too much from the TV.
This my suggestion: watch the Stanley Cup games announced by the Canadians. I think that we all may agree that they do a good job announcing. We watched it on cable and you may be able to find it on cable too. Hockey for me is the only sport. Can watch a lot of different teams play.
@MikeMcDermott Blah Blah Blah NBC sucks give it back to someone else!
They are communistic as well! Never watched a game cause to announcing sucks!
@Matt Lo Cascio He was when he was with Dale Talon. With Olcyk they both are horrible. I wish they both would be outta here before next season..
@Barb123 Emrick doesn't know hockey? hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahhaha!
@Yoizel you have clearly never watched a non NBCSN/NBC broadcast. Count how many times Emrick misidentifies who has the puck, its at least 10. He can't even do his job correctly, which is to describe the game and identify who has the puck.
@OlgieOlglethorp olgie - sounds like a bad Euro car