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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 season Edit

In 1979, ABC was contracted to televise Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Since the Finals ended in 5 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 version Edit

In the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, ABC televised 6 weekly regional telecasts on Sunday afternoons beginning in March (or the last 3 Sunday of the regular season). This marked the first time that regular season broadcasts of National Hockey League games were aired on American network television since 1974–75 (when NBC was the NHL's American broadcast television partner). ABC would then televise 3 weeks worth of playoff games (or the first 3 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 1999–2000–2003–04 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).

Schedules Edit

  1993-94 Edit

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.

2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 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, 24, May 1: Playoffs

Stanley Cup Playoff commentator crews Edit

1993 Edit

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

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 Tom Mees (Game 1)

Gary Thorne (Game 4)

Darren Pang (Game 1)

Bill Clement (Game 4)

Bob Neumeier (Game 1)

Brian Engblom (Game 4)

Dallas vs. St. Louis Games 1, 4 Gary Thorne (Game 1)

Tom Mees (Game 4)

Bill Clement (Game 1)

John Davidson (Game 4)

Brian Engblom (Game 1)

Al Morganti (Game 4)

Conference semifinals New Jersey vs. Boston Game 1 Mike Emrick Peter McNab Mickey Redmond

Schedules Edit

1999-2000 Edit

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

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

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 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Detroit at St. Louis

New York Rangers at Boston

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

Jack Edwards and Jim Schoenfeld

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

April 9 St. Louis at Chicago

Philadelphia at New York Rangers
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.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Dave Ryan and Joe Micheletti

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

2000-01 Edit

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.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose
March 24 Detroit at New York Rangers

Colorado at Boston
Anaheim at Los Angeles

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
6:00 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

Steve Levy and Darren Pang
Gary Thorne and Bill Clement
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

2001-02 Edit

Main article: 2001–02 NHL season
Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
January 5 Detroit at Colorado

Washington at Boston

Pittsburgh at New York Rangers

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

January 12 St. Louis at Pittsburgh

New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Dallas at Detroit

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

March 2 Detroit at Pittsburgh

Philadelphia at New York Rangers
Dallas at Colorado

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 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

2002-03

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator Crews
January 11 Colorado at Dallas

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh

Detroit at Philadelphia

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

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 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Colorado at Detroit

New York Rangers at New Jersey

3:00 p.m.

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

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

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 and Bill Clement

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

March 29 New York Rangers at Boston

Detroit at St. Louis
Phoenix at Colorado

1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

Mike Emrick and Barry Melrose

2003-04 Edit

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 New Jersey at Philadelphia
Dallas at Detroit
Los Angeles at San Jose
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 20 New York Rangers at Philadelphia

St. Louis at Dallas

3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Steve Levy and Darren Pang

Gary Thorne, Bill Clement, and John Davidson

March 27 Colorado at Detroit
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at Calgary
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 Eddie Olczyk

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 Sandra Neil
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 Games 1, 4 Mike Emrick Eddie Olczyk Joe Micheletti
Dallas-Colorado Games 1, 4, 7 Gary Thorne Bill Clement Brian Engblom
2001 Conference quarterfinals Washington-Pittsburgh Games 2, 5 Dave Strader (Game 2)

Gary Thorne (Game 5)

Brian Engblom (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 Steve Levy Darren Pang Joe Micheletti
St. Louis-San Jose Games 2, 6 Gary Thorne (Game 2)

Dave Strader (Game 6)

Bill Clement (Game 2)

Daryl Reaugh (Game 6)

Sandra Neil (Game 2)
Chris Simpson (Game 6)
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 Mike Emrick 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)

Sandra Neil (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 Brian Engblom
Detroit-Anaheim Game 2 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom
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 and John Davidson Brian Engblom
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)

Brian Engblom (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 Darren Pang Erin Andrews
Detroit-Nashville Games 2, 5 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom
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 Brian Engblom
San Jose-Colorado Games 2, 5 Steve Levy Darren Pang Erin Andrews
Conference finals Tampa Bay-Philadelphia Games 1, 4, 7 Gary Thorne Bill Clement and John Davidson Brian Engblom

Announcers Edit

Studio personalitiesEdit

Stanley Cup Finals personalities Edit

Broadcast teamsEdit

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

Ice Level Reporters Edit

Stanley Cup Finals RatingsEdit

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
2000 New Jersey-Dallas 3, 4, 5, 6 3.7
2001 Colorado-New Jersey 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3.3
2002 Detroit-Carolina 3, 4, 5 3.6
2003 New Jersey-Anaheim 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2.9
2004 Tampa Bay-Calgary 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2.6

Regular seasonEdit

Season Number of Dates Rating
1999-00 4 1.3
2000-01 5 1.1
2001-02 5 1.4
2002-03 5 1.1
2003-04 5 1.1

All-Star GameEdit

Year Rating
2000 2.7
2001 1.7
2002 1.8
2003 1.7
2004 1.8


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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