Alums Make Their Mark in TV
College hockey’s influence on the ice and in the front office at the NHL level has been well documented.
Now, in a guest post on SB Nation, College Hockey Inc. looks at the proliferation of NCAA alums calling the games, particularly on national broadcasts during these Stanley Cup playoffs.
Every national broadcast in these playoffs has featured a former NCAA star in the press box, at rinkside or in the intermission studio.
[Brian] Engblom, the former Wisconsin star, works on NBC’s broadcasts between the benches. The network also features Pierre McGuire (Hobart) and Joe Micheletti (Minnesota) in similar roles, plus Keith Jones (Western Michigan), Mike Milbury (Colgate), Anson Carter (Michigan State) and Chris Therien (Providence) in studio.
On CBC in Canada [Glenn] Healy, who preceded Jones at Western Michigan, counts among his colleagues Craig Simpson (Michigan State) and Garry Galley (Bowling Green). Over on TSN, where Engblom also works in the regular season, viewers will find Mike Johnson (Bowling Green) and Aaron Ward (Michigan).
Is it a coincidence that these former college players – such a small minority in their playing days – have taken over TV?
“All of your life experiences prepare you for life after playing professional hockey,” Healy said. “College is a great foundation for the dynamics needed in broadcasting.”
Goalies, it’s been said before, seem to make the best analysts, and the former college players in the broadcast booths follow that theme. NHL analysts include former goaltenders from Harvard (Tripp Tracy), Lake Superior State (Mike Greenlay) and Minnesota Duluth (Chico Resch), to name a few – not to mention Healy and the former Cornell tandem (Daren Eliot and Brian Hayward) mentioned in the article.
Oh, and one more thing worth noting: Don Cherry did not play college hockey.
|NCAA Alums in NHL Broadcasting|
|CBC||Garry Galley||Bowling Green|
|CBC||Glenn Healy||Western Michigan|
|CBC||Craig Simpson||Michigan State|
|NBC||Anson Carter||Michigan State|
|NBC, TSN||Brian Engblom||Wisconsin|
|NBC, PHI||Keith Jones||Western Michigan|
|NBC, NYR||Joe Micheletti||Minnesota|
|NBC, PHI||Chris Therien||Providence|
|TSN, NHLN||Mike Johnson||Bowling Green|
|NHLN, BOS, NYR||Billy Jaffe||Michigan|
|BOS||Andy Brickley||New Hampshire|
|CHI||Troy Murray||North Dakota|
|CBJ||Bill Davidge||Ohio State|
|MIN||Mike Greenlay||Lake Superior State|
|NJ||Chico Resch||Minnesota Duluth|
|PIT||Jay Caufield||North Dakota|
|SJ||Bret Hedican||St. Cloud State|
|SJ||Jamie Baker||St. Lawrence|
|VAN||Dave Tomlinson||Boston University|
|Any missing? Let us know.|