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NHL on Fox is the branding formerly used for broadcasts of National Hockey League games that were produced by Fox Sports and televised on the Fox network from the 1994–1995 NHL season until the 1998–1999 NHL season. Although the Fox broadcast network no longer airs league telecasts, NHL games currently air on the Fox Sports Networks in the form of game telecasts that air on a regional basis, featuring local NHL teams that each of the regional networks have respective broadcast rights to air in their designated market.

History Edit

On the heels of its surprise acquisition of the television rights to the National Football League in December 1993, Fox sought deals with other major sports leagues to expand its newly created sports division, opting to go after the rights to broadcast National Hockey League (NHL) games. CBS, which had just lost its NFL package (which primarily included the rights to regular season and playoff games from the National Football Conference) to Fox, was the network's primary competitor for the NHL package, hoping to replace some of the sports programming it had lost to the upstart network.

Nevertheless, in a serious blow to the elder network, Fox outbid CBS for the NHL package as well. On September 9, 1994, the National Hockey League reached a five-year contract with Fox for the broadcast television rights to the league's games, beginning with the 1994–95 season. The network paid $155 million ($31 million annually) to televise NHL regular season and postseason games, considerably less than the $1.58 billion it paid for the NFL television rights.

NHL's initial deal with Fox was significant, as a network television contract in the United States was long thought unattainable during the presidency of John Ziegler. For 17 years after the 1975 Finals was broadcast on NBC, there would be no national over-the-air network coverage of the NHL in the U.S. (with the exception of CBS' coverage of Game 2 of the 1979 Challenge Cup and Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals, and NBC's coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from 1990 to 1994) and only spotty coverage on regional networks. This was due to the fact that no network was willing to commit to carrying a large number of games, in turn, providing low ratings for NHL telecasts. ABC would eventually resume broadcasting regular NHL games (on a time buy basis through ESPN) for the 1992–93 season (and continuing through the 1993–94 season, before Fox took over for the next 5 seasons).

Fox inaugurated its NHL coverage on April 2, 1995, towards the end of the 1994–95 regular season, with six games (between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers; St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings; Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals; Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars; Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning; and the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks). Mike Emrick and John Davidson served as the main broadcast team, while regionally distributed games were handled by a variety of announcers. For the first 4 years of the deal, James Brown and Dave Maloney hosted the show from the Fox Network Center studios in Los Angeles. For the 5th and final season, the hosts were Suzy Kolber and Terry Crisp. Occasionally, active NHL players such as Mike Modano would serve as guest analysts.

FoxTrax Edit

Fox's NHL broadcasts are perhaps best remembered for its use of FoxTrax (colloquially called the "glow puck," "smart puck" or "super puck"), a specialized ice hockey puckdesigned for the network's NHL telecasts, which featured internal electronics that allow its position to be tracked. It was primarily used to visually highlight the puck on-screen and display a trail when the puck was moving rapidly. The FoxTrax puck, while considered to be generally popular according to Fox Sports, generated a great deal of controversy and criticism, especially in Canada, from longtime fans of the game, and was ridiculed by comedians on both sides of the border.

Stanley Cup playoff coverage Edit

In the first 2 rounds of the playoffs, 2 games were televised each round and distributed regionally, unless other series involving other scheduled games were already finished.

All-Star Game, Conference Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals Edit

For the All-Star Game, Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, the games are national games were hosted from the arena. The 1996 and 1997 All-Star Games were televised in prime time.

Stanley Cup Finals Edit

Fox split coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals with ESPN. Game 1 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals was the first Finals game shown on network television since 1980 and the first in prime time since 1973. Games 1, 5, and 7 were usually scheduled to be televised by Fox; and Games 2, 3, 4, and 6 were set to air on ESPN. However, from 1995 to 1998, the Finals matches were all four game sweeps; the 1999 Finals ended in six games. The consequence was that – except for 1995, when Fox did televise Game 4 – the decisive game was never shown on network television. Perhaps in recognition of this, Games 3 through 7 were always televised by ABC in the succeeding broadcast agreement between the NHL and ABC Sports/ESPN.

Game 4 of the 1995 Final was notable because not only did the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup, but also the team's main television play-by-play announcer, Mike Emrick announced it. Edit

Stanley Cup Finals broadcast schedules Edit

  • 1995 – Games 1, 4, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 6 on ESPN
  • 1996 – Games 1, 3, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 4, 6 on ESPN
  • 1997 – Games 1, 5, 6, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 4 on ESPN
  • 1998 – Games 1, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 2, 3, 4, 6 on ESPN
  • 1999 – Games 1, 2, 5, 7 on Fox; Games 3, 4, 6 on ESPN

The end of NHL on Fox Edit

Things ended badly between Fox and the league in 1999, when the NHL announced a new television deal with ESPN that also called for sister broadcast network ABC to become the new network television partner (as previously mentioned). Fox challenged that it had not been given a chance to match the network component of the deal, but ABC ultimately prevailed.

Fox placed a bid for NHL broadcast rights when they came up for renewal in 2011, but dropped out of the running as a result of a bidding war between NBCUniversal and ESPN. NHL selected NBCUniversal bid (which owns NBC, Versus and USA Network), in a 10 year extension of its existing broadcast contract.

Coverage overview Edit

Regular season Edit

Fox televised between 5 and 11 regionally distributed games on Sunday afternoons during the regular season, where anywhere from 3 to 6 games ran concurrently. All times below are Eastern.

1994–95 Edit

Main article: 1994–95 NHL season

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
4/2/95 NY Rangers at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit
Boston at Washington
Chicago at Dallas
Florida at Tampa Bay
San Jose at Anaheim
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Dick Stockton and Mike Eruzione
Kenny Albert and Gary Green
4/9/95 Boston at Buffalo
NY Rangers at New Jersey
Dallas at St. Louis
Detroit at Chicago
Los Angeles at Anaheim
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Jiggs McDonald and Greg Millen
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Gary Green

4/16/95 Detroit at St. Louis
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Chicago at Dallas

NY Rangers at NY Islanders
Los Angeles at San Jose

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond

Jiggs McDonald and Greg Millen
Dave Strader and Gary Green

4/23/95 NY Rangers at Boston
Chicago at St. Louis
Detroit at San Jose
Philadelphia at Buffalo
Anaheim at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Gary Green

4/30/95 St. Louis at San Jose
NY Rangers at Philadelphia
Washington at Florida
Chicago at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Boston
Anaheim at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
6 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dick Stockton and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Sam Rosen and Mike Eruzione
Bob Miller and Gary Green

1995–96 Edit

Main article: 1995-96 NHL season Edit

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
1/27/96 NY Rangers at Boston
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh*
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Colorado at San Jose
Tampa Bay at St. Louis
Detroit at Chicago
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John DavidsonDave Strader and Greg Millen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
2/3/96 Chicago at San Jose
Florida at Tampa Bay

NY Rangers at Colorado*
Pittsburgh at Detroit
Buffalo at Boston
Philadelphia at St. Louis

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Rick Jeanneret and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
2/10/96 St. Louis at Dallas
NY Rangers at New Jersey
Detroit at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Boston*
Chicago at Pittsburgh
San Jose at Los Angeles
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Greg Millen

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

3/31/96 Boston at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit*
Dallas at Chicago
NY Rangers at NY Islanders
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
4/7/96 Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Chicago*
Boston at Philadelphia
NY Rangers at New Jersey
Anaheim at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin
Randy Hahn and Pete Stemkowski
4/14/96 Detroit at Dallas
Pittsburgh at Boston
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
NY Rangers at Florida*
St. Louis at Chicago
Los Angeles at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Greg Millen
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond

Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin

Notes Edit

  • Denotes use of FoxTrax puck.

1996–97 Edit

Main article: 1996–97 NHL season

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
1/25/97 Colorado at Boston
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Philadelphia
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Tampa Bay at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Bob Miller and Dale Tallon

Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson

2/1/97 Phoenix at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at San Jose
NY Rangers at Philadelphia
Washington at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/8/97 NY Rangers at NY Islanders

Chicago at Colorado
St. Louis at Boston
Detroit at Pittsburgh

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
2/15/97 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Boston at Phoenix
Colorado at St. Louis
NY Rangers at Chicago
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

2/22/97 Phoenix at Anaheim
Chicago at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Philadelphia at Florida
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

3/1/97 Philadelphia at Boston
Florida at Tampa Bay
NY Rangers at Detroit
Chicago at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

1997–98 Edit

Main article: 1997–98 NHL season

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
1/24/98 Philadelphia at Detroit
St. Louis at Chicago
New Jersey at NY Rangers
Los Angeles at Anaheim
Dallas at Colorado
Boston at Pittsburgh
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
1/31/98 NY Rangers at Boston
Chicago at Los Angeles
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Dallas at St. Louis
Tampa Bay at Florida
Colorado at San Jose
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh

Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

John Kelly and Craig Simpson

2/7/98 New Jersey at NY Islanders
Carolina at Boston
Philadelphia at Colorado
Los Angeles at Anaheim
Chicago at Dallas
Detroit at St. Louis
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Howie Rose and Chico Resch
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/28/98 Philadelphia at NY Rangers
Chicago at Colorado
Pittsburgh at Boston
Washington at Tampa Bay
St. Louis at Los Angeles
Phoenix at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
John Kelly and Craig Simpson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

3/7/98 Detroit at Los Angeles
NY Rangers at New Jersey
Florida at Washington

Dallas at St. Louis
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Chicago at Boston

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
3/14/98 Buffalo at Pittsburgh

Detroit at Philadelphia
NY Rangers at Boston
Chicago at Tampa Bay
Colorado at Los Angeles
Phoenix at St. Louis

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
John Kelly and Craig Simpson

Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh

3/21/98 Phoenix at Los Angeles
Boston at Buffalo
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Detroit at New York Rangers
Colorado at San Jose

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

3/28/98 Carolina at Philadelphia
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh
Anaheim at Colorado
Detroit at St. Louis
Florida at Boston
San Jose at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh

4/4/98 Detroit at Chicago
Colorado at St. Louis
Florida at Philadelphia
Los Angeles at Washington
NY Rangers at NY Islanders
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
4/11/98 NY Rangers at Detroit
Florida at Pittsburgh
Phoenix at St. Louis
Washington at Philadelphia
Dallas at Tampa Bay
Colorado at Los Angeles
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
6 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
4/18/98 Chicago at Dallas
Detroit at Colorado
NY Rangers at Philadelphia
Boston at Pittsburgh

Anaheim at Los Angeles

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

John Kelly and Craig Simpson

Notes Edit

  • FOX was initially scheduled to air a Pittsburgh Penguins-Tampa Bay Lightning game on April 4.

1998–99 Edit

Main article: 1998–99 NHL season

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentator crews
2/7/99 NY Rangers at Boston

Detroit at Pittsburgh
Colorado at Dallas

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

2/14/99 Detroit at NY Rangers

Philadelphia at Colorado

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

2/21/99 Boston at Chicago

Colorado at Dallas

Detroit at Buffalo

3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

Jiggs McDonald and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

2/28/99 Philadelphia at NY Rangers

Pittsburgh at Washington
Los Angeles at Dallas

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

3/7/99 Colorado at Pittsburgh
NY Rangers at Boston
St. Louis at Dallas
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

3/14/99 Detroit at Colorado
St. Louis at Chicago
NY Rangers at NY Islanders
3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
3/21/99 Pittsburgh at NY Rangers

Detroit at Philadelphia
Colorado at Chicago

3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

3/28/99 Philadelphia at Detroit

St. Louis at Chicago
Los Angeles at Colorado

3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

4/4/99 NY Rangers at New Jersey
Detroit at Dallas*
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

4/11/99 Pittsburgh at Detroit^

Colorado at St. Louis
Los Angeles at Dallas

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Kenny Albert and Peter McNab

4/18/99 Pittsburgh at NY Rangers^

Dallas at Colorado
Boston at Philadelphia

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Sam Rosen

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

^The Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game on April 18 (Wayne Gretzky's final game before retirement) began on MSG in the New York market as WNYW (Fox's flagship station) aired a Yankees game against the Detroit Tigers. The station would join the hockey game game midway through the second period. The week prior (April 11), WNYW aired another Yankees game over the Pittsburgh-Detroit NHL game, which instead aired on MSG from start to finish.

Stanley Cup playoff coverage Edit

In the first 2 rounds of the playoffs, 2 games were televised each round and distributed regionally, unless other series involving other scheduled games were already finished, then that games in televised nationally.

1995 Edit

Main article: 1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
5/7/95 New Jersey at Boston
Buffalo at Philadelphia
Dallas at Detroit
Vancouver at St. Louis
3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Denis Potvin
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond
5/14/95 NY Rangers at Quebec
Buffalo at Philadelphia

Washington at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Dallas

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Jiggs McDonald and Mickey Redmond

Kenny Albert and Denis Potvin

Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti

5/21/95 San Jose at Detroit

NY Rangers at Philadelphia

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/28/95 New Jersey at Pittsburgh 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/4/95 Chicago at Detroit 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/11/95 New Jersey at Philadelphia 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/17/95 New Jersey at Detroit 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/24/95 Detroit at New Jersey 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti

Notes Edit

  • The May 14 game in Quebec City was the final home game ever for the Quebec Nordiques. The team would become the Colorado Avalanche in the fall of 1995.
  • The June 24 game in New Jersey was the Stanley Cup Finals' deciding game as New Jersey Devils swept Detroit Red Wings. Although FOX did retain rights to certain other games where the Cup could be decided (including any and all Game 7s), 1995 was the only time during its run as NHL broadcaster that FOX actually carried the Cup-clinching victory on-air.

1996 Edit

Main article: 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/21/96 Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

NY Rangers at Montreal*
Detroit at Winnipeg
Chicago at Calgary

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Mickey Redmond
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

4/28/96 NY Rangers at Montreal*

Pittsburgh at Washington
Detroit at Winnipeg

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Pat Foley and Mickey Redmond

5/5/96 St. Louis at Detroit*

NY Rangers at Pittsburgh

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/12/96 Florida at Philadelphia

St. Louis at Detroit*

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

5/19/96 Colorado at Detroit* 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/26/96 Pittsburgh at Florida* 3 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/4/96 Florida at Colorado* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti, and Sandra Neil
6/8/96 Colorado at Florida* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti, and Sandra Neil

Notes Edit

  • Denotes use of FoxTrax puck.
  • The April 28 game in Winnipeg was the final home game for the original Winnipeg Jets. The franchise would become the Phoenix Coyotes in the fall of 1996.

1997 Edit

Main article: 1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/20/97 NY Rangers at Florida
Colorado at Chicago

Detroit at St. Louis
Anaheim at Phoenix

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

4/27/97 Detroit at St. Louis

Dallas at Edmonton
Anaheim at Phoenix

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Craig Simpson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

5/4/97 Anaheim at Detroit*

NY Rangers at New Jersey

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/11/97 NY Rangers at New Jersey

Philadelphia at Buffalo*

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
5/18/97 NY Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/25/97 NY Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/31/97 Detroit at Philadelphia 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Joe Micheletti, and Christine Simpson

1998 Edit

Main article: 1998 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/26/98 Washington at Boston
New Jersey at Ottawa
Detroit at Phoenix
Dallas at San Jose
2 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Kenny Albert and Terry Crisp

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Daryl Reaugh

5/3/98 Washington at Boston

Detroit at Phoenix

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/10/98 St. Louis at Detroit*

Montreal at Buffalo

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

5/17/98 St. Louis at Detroit* 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/24/98 Detroit at Dallas 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/31/98 Dallas at Detroit 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/9/98 Washington at Detroit* 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti

1999 Edit

Main article: 1999 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern) Commentators
4/25/99 New Jersey at Pittsburgh

Detroit at Anaheim
Phoenix at St. Louis

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Peter McNab
5/2/99 New Jersey at Pittsburgh

Phoenix at St. Louis

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

5/9/99 Buffalo at Boston

Detroit at Colorado

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

5/16/99 Buffalo at Boston

Detroit at Colorado

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/23/99 Buffalo at Toronto 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
5/30/99 Colorado at Dallas 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/8/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/10/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti
6/17/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Joe Micheletti

Personalities Edit

Broadcast teams Edit

  • Mike Emrick-John Davidson
  • Sam Rosen-Joe Micheletti
  • Kenny Albert-Gary Green, Denis Potvin, Craig Simpson,Terry Crisp, Peter McNab
  • Pat Foley-Mickey Redmond
  • Randy Hahn-Pete Stemkowski
  • Rick Jeanneret-Denis Potvin
  • John Kelly-Craig Simpson
  • Mike Lange-Paul Steigerwald
  • Josh Lewin-Daryl Reaugh
  • Jiggs McDonald-Peter McNab
  • Bob Miller-Gary Green
  • Howie Rose-Chico Resch
  • Dick Stockton-Mike Eruzione
  • Dave Strader-Denis Potvin

Studio commentators Edit

  • James Brown
  • Dave Maloney
  • Suzy Kolber
  • Terry Crisp

Reporters Edit

  • Pierre McGuire
  • Sandra Neil
  • Chris Simpson

Ratings Edit

Stanley Cup Finals Edit

Year Teams Games Carried Rating
1995 New Jersey-Detroit 1, 4 3.4
1996 Colorado-Florida 1, 3 3.6
1997 Detroit-Philadelphia 1 4.0
1998 Detroit-Washington 1 3.3
1999 Dallas-Buffalo 1, 2, 5 3.4

Game 4 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals drew a 4.7 rating and a 10 share. In the New York City market (on Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW), the game drew a 10.6 rating and 21 share; in Detroit (on Fox affiliate, now owned-and-operated station, WJBK), it drew a 14.1 rating and 26 share.[7]

Regular season Edit

Season Number of Dates Rating
1994–95 5 2.0
1995–96 6 2.1
1996–97 6 1.9
1997–98 11 1.4
1998–99 11 1.4

All-Star Game Edit

Year Rating
1995 No game due to lockout
1996 4.1
1997 2.8
1998 2.7
1999 2.2