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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 Blackhawksand 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

During the first 2 rounds of the playoffs, 2 games were televised each round.

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. The bid made by NBCUniversal (which owns NBC, Versus and USA Network) was selected by the league, in a ten-year extension of its existing broadcast contract.

Coverage overview Edit

Regular season Edit

Fox's logo for their regular season broadcasts.

Fox televised between 2 and 11 regionally distributed games on Sunday afternoons during the regular season, where anywhere from 2 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 New York 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 Darren Pang
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Dick Stockton and Mike Eruzione
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
4/9/95 Boston at Buffalo
New York 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 Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Pat Foley and Darren Pang
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
4/16/95 Detroit at St. Louis
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Chicago at Dallas

New York Rangers at New York 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 DavidsonSam Rosen and Mickey Redmond

Pat Foley and Darren Pang

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

4/23/95 New York 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 Brian Engblom
Pat Foley and Darren Pang
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
4/30/95 St. Louis at San Jose
New York 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 Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dick Stockton and Mike Eruzione
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
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 New York 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 Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Pat Foley and Darren Pang
2/3/96 Chicago at San Jose
Florida at Tampa Bay

New York 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 Brian Engblom
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Rick Jeanneret and Denis Potvin
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
2/10/96 St. Louis at Dallas
New York 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 Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Pat Foley and Darren Pang

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

3/31/96 Boston at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
St. Louis at Detroit*
Dallas at Chicago
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Darren Pang
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
4/7/96 Colorado at Dallas
Detroit at Chicago*
Boston at Philadelphia
New York 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 Brian Engblom
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Randy Hahn and Pete Stemkowski
4/14/96 Detroit at Dallas*
Pittsburgh at Boston
Los Angeles at Colorado
New York Rangers at Florida
St. Louis at Chicago
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
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 Mickey Redmond
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Pat Foley and Darren Pang

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

  • Denotes use of FoxTrax puck.

1996–97 Edit

Main article: 1996–97 NHL season

Date Teams Start times (All times Eastern)
1/25/97 Colorado at Boston
New York 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 Craig Simpson
Mike Lange and Paul Steigerwald
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
2/1/97 Phoenix at Pittsburgh
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at San Jose
New York 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 Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/8/97 New York Rangers at New York 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 Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
2/15/97 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 3 p.m. Mike Emrick and John Davidson
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 Joe Micheletti

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Craig Simpson

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

3/1/97 Philadelphia at Boston
Florida at Tampa Bay
New York Rangers at Detroit
Chicago at Colorado
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
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 New York 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 Greg Millen
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
1/31/98 New York 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 Greg Millen
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

John Kelly and Craig Simpson

2/7/98 New Jersey at New York 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 Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
2/28/98 Philadelphia at New York 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 Greg Millen
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
John Kelly and Craig Simpson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

3/7/98 Detroit at Los Angeles
New York 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
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Greg Millen
3/14/98 Buffalo at Pittsburgh

Detroit at Philadelphia
New York 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 Greg Millen
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
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 Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

Sam Rosen and Greg Millen

3/28/98 Carolina at Philadelphia
New York 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 Greg Millen
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh

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

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Greg Millen
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
4/11/98 New York 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 Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab
Sam Rosen and Greg Millen
Josh Lewin and Daryl Reaugh
John Kelly and Craig Simpson
4/18/98 Chicago at Dallas
Detroit at Colorado
New York Rangers at Philadelphia
Anaheim at Los Angeles
Boston at Pittsburgh
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 Greg Millen John Kelly and Craig Simpson

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

  • 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 New York Rangers at Boston

Detroit at Pittsburgh
Colorado at Dallas

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

2/14/99 Detroit at New York Rangers

Philadelphia at Colorado

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

2/21/99 Boston at Chicago

Detroit at Buffalo
Colorado at Dallas

3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Sam Rosen and Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
2/28/99 Philadelphia at New York 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 Peter McNab

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

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

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Mike Emrick and John Davidson

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

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

3/21/99 Pittsburgh at New York Rangers

Detroit at Philadelphia
Colorado at Chicago

3 p.m.

3 p.m.
3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

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 Peter McNab
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

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

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

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.
Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

4/18/99 Pittsburgh at New York 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 Detroit–Dallas game on April 4 (Ed Belfour's memorial game) began at 3 PM ET on Fox. Mike Emrick, and John Davidson with the call.
  • Denotes the use of FoxTrax puck
  • ^The Pittsburgh Penguins–New York Rangers game on April 18 (Wayne Gretzky's final game before his retirement) began on Fox.

Stanley Cup playoff coverage Edit

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.

Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Pat Foley and Darren Pang
5/14/95 New York Rangers at Quebec
Washington at Pittsburgh
Buffalo at Philadelphia
Detroit at Dallas
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Dave Strader and Brian Engblom
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
5/21/95 San Jose at Detroit

New York Rangers at Philadelphia

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/28/95 New Jersey at Pittsburgh 3 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/4/95 Chicago at Detroit 3 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/11/95 New Jersey at Philadelphia 3 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/17/95 New Jersey at Detroit 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/24/95 Detroit at New Jersey* 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
  • 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.
  • Denotes the uses of FoxTrax puck.

1996 Edit

Main article: 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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

New York Rangers at Montreal*
Detroit at Winnipeg
Chicago at Calgary

3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
3 p.m.
Sam Rosen and Mickey Redmond

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

4/28/96 New York 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 Mickey Redmond
Pat Foley and Darren Pang

5/5/96 St. Louis at Detroit*

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/12/96 St. Louis at Detroit*

Florida at Philadelphia

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/19/96 Colorado at Detroit* 3 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
5/26/96 Pittsburgh at Florida* 3 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/4/96 Florida at Colorado* 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn DavidsonPierre McGuire, and Sandra Neil
6/8/96 Colorado at Florida* 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn DavidsonPierre McGuire, and Sandra Neil
  • 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 New York Rangers at Florida*
Detroit at St. Louis
Colorado at Chicago
Anaheim at Phoenix
2 p.m.

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Ken Wilson and Joe Micheletti
Sam Rosen and Craig Simpson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

4/27/97 Colorado at Chicago*

Detroit at St. Louis

Dallas at Edmonton
Anaheim at Phoenix

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John DavidsonSam Rosen and Craig Simpson

Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

5/4/97 Anaheim at Detroit*

New York Rangers at New Jersey

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/11/97 New York Rangers at New Jersey

Philadelphia at Buffalo*

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Sam Rosen and Peter McNab
5/18/97 New York Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
5/25/97 New York Rangers at Philadelphia 2 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
5/31/97 Detroit at Philadelphia 8 p.m. Mike Emrick, John Davidson, and Pierre McGuire

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 Craig Simpson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti

Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Jiggs McDonald and Peter McNab

5/3/98 Washington at Boston*

Detroit at Phoenix

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/10/98 Montreal at Buffalo*

St. Louis at Detroit

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

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

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 Peter McNab
Mike Emrick and John Davidson
Kenny Albert and Joe Micheletti
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 Peter McNab

5/9/99 Detroit at Colorado

Buffalo at Boston

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

5/16/99 Detroit at Colorado

Buffalo at Boston

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

Mike Emrick and John Davidson

Sam Rosen and Peter McNab

5/23/99 Buffalo at Toronto 2 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
5/30/99 Colorado at Dallas 2 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/8/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/10/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire
6/17/99 Buffalo at Dallas 8 p.m. Mike EmrickJohn Davidson, and Pierre McGuire

Personalities Edit

Broadcast teams Edit

  • Mike Emrick-John Davidson
  • Kenny Albert-Joe Micheletti
  • Pat Foley-Darren Pang
  • 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-Jim Fox
  • Howie Rose-Chico Resch
  • Sam Rosen-Mickey Redmond-Greg Millen
  • Dick Stockton-Mike Eruzione
  • Dave Strader-Brian Engblom

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

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