NHL on Turner Sports

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NHL on Turner Sports
GenreNHL hockey telecasts
Presented byKenny Albert
Eddie Olczyk
Wayne Gretzky
Anson Carter
Darren Pang
Keith Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production locationVarious NHL venues
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time150 minutes or until game ends
Production companyTurner Sports
Original networkTBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 13, 2021 (2021-10-13) –
present (present)
Preceded by
Related shows
External links
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The NHL on Turner Sports is an upcoming presentation of National Hockey League (NHL) games that are produced by Turner Sports, and televised on TNT and TBS in the United States. Turner Sports signed a 7 year contract in 2021 to become the NHL's "B" rightsholder alongside ESPN/ABC.

Beginning in the 2021–22 NHL season,[1] Turner's regular season coverage[2] will include the annual NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game usually played on New Year's Day, and at least 72 nationally televised regular season games,[3] all initially on either TNT or TBS. Turner Sports has the rights to half of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with games airing on TBS and TNT, and the rights to every other Stanley Cup Finals beginning in 2023.

The contract includes an option for Turner Sports' parent company, WarnerMedia, to stream some of its NHL games, either exclusively or in simulcast, on its HBO Max streaming service. However, WarnerMedia executives indicated following the contract announcement that they had only just begun to study how the streaming service might be involved, and that no games will be streamed on HBO Max during the 2021 calendar year.[4]

Turner Sports has previously aired ice hockey, as the regional home for the Atlanta Flames and Atlanta Thrashers, and as the cable home for Olympic ice hockey from 19921998 for CBS. However, Turner Sports has never had a national contract with the NHL.



For a short period in the 1970s, WTCG,[5] the predecessor to TBS, was the television home of the Atlanta Flames. All of the Flames' radio and television broadcasts were simulcasts. The Flames' games were also broadcast on the radio by WSB (AM). Jiggs McDonald[6][7] was the main play-by-play announcer with Skip Caray[8] substituting from 197680. Color commentators included Andy Still (1972-73), Bob Neal (1973–74), Ed Thilenius (1974–75; home and televised games only), Bernie Geoffrion (197579), and Bobby Harper[9] (1979–80; home games only). Pete Van Wieren[10] also did play-by-play for the Flames. The Flames left Atlanta for Calgary prior to the 1980-81 NHL season.[11]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

From 19921998, TNT served as the American cable television partner for CBS in its coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. Jiggs McDonald handled the play-by-play for ice hockey at the 1992 and 1994 Olympics with Bill Clement on color commentary in 1992 and Joe Micheletti in 1994. In 1998, Mike "Doc" Emrick[12] provided the play-by-play commentary alongside color commentators Peter McNab, Joe Micheletti, and Digit Murphy.

Turner launched the regional Turner South network in 1999, which carried games of the Atlanta Thrashers, which were owned at that time by Turner parent Time Warner. Matt McConnell was the primary television play-by-play announcer for the Thrashers from 199903 with JP Dellacamera taking over for the rest of the way in Atlanta. Darren Eliot was the television color commentator throughout the Thrashers' entire existence before their 2011 departure to Winnipeg as the Jets. Time Warner sold the Thrashers in 2003, and sold Turner South to Fox Cable Networks in 2006.

2010s and 2020s[edit]

Following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner in 2018, AT&T SportsNet, a regional sports network system acquired in 2015 as a part of DirecTV, was moved into the WarnerMedia News & Sports division in March 2019, alongside Time Warner's existing national sports unit Turner Sports. AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain currently serve as the regional outlets for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights, respectively. The Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball franchise acquired a controlling 60% stake of Root Sports Northwest in April 2013 and retained the Root Sports name after 2017, though AT&T holds the other 40% interest in that network, operates it, and utilizes the same graphical design language as the other AT&T SportsNet channels. The Seattle Kraken will have their games broadcast on Root Sports Northwest upon their debut in 2021–22.

On April 27, 2021, Turner Sports agreed to a seven-year deal[13] with the National Hockey League to broadcast at least 72 games[14] nationally on TNT and TBS beginning with the 2021–22 NHL season. The deal is reportedly worth $225 million and will include three Stanley Cup Finals, half of the conference finals, first and second round playoff games, and the Winter Classic.[15][16]

In anticipation of TNT broadcasting NHL games on Wednesday nights, All Elite Wrestling's program AEW Dynamite will move to TBS in January 2022.[17][18]

On-air staff[edit]

On May 5, 2021, Richard Dietsch of The Athletic reported that Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk would serve as the lead play-by-play and color commentator respectively, retaining their lead roles from the previous season on NBC.[19][20][21][22][23] On May 25, Andrew Marchand from the New York Post reported that Wayne Gretzky would become Turner's lead studio analyst.[21][22][24] Turner confirmed the hiring of Albert, Olczyk, and Gretzky in these roles the following day;[21][23] Craig Morgan, an Arizona-based reporter for the Arizona Coyotes and correspondent for the NHL Network, reported that Darren Pang, color commentator for the St. Louis Blues, and Keith Jones would also be joining Turner.[25][26] On June 9, Morgan reported that Anson Carter would be joining Turner as well.[27] On June 28, Marchand reported that Brendan Burke was in talks to join Turner as a play-by-play announcer.[28]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Pederson, Erik (July 22, 2021). "ESPN Sets NHL Opening-Night Doubleheader Featuring Expansion Seattle Kraken; TNT's First Games Slated". Deadline.
  3. ^ Lucia, Joe (April 27, 2021). "Turner's NHL deal will include "up to 72" exclusive national games each season, half the Stanley Cup Playoffs, HBO Max streaming". Awful Announcing.
  4. ^ Hayes, Dade (April 27, 2021). "WarnerMedia News & Sports Chief Jeff Zucker Taps Brakes On HBO Max NHL Streaming: "It's Not Imminent"". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
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  7. ^ "Celebrating 50 Years of Jiggs McDonald behind the Mike". Journeys’ Portfolio.
  8. ^ Herrmann, Mike (February 16, 2017). "Harry Caray's grandson, Josh, calls the games for Stony Brook". Newsday.
  9. ^ "Harper To Do Flames Games". The Atlanta Constitution. Georgia, Atlanta. October 10, 1979. p. 42. Retrieved June 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ Castiglione, Lyon, Joe, Douglas B. (April 2012). Can You Believe It?: 30 Years of Insider Stories with the Boston Red Sox. Triumph Books. p. 126. ISBN 9781617496325.
  11. ^ Reedy, Joe (April 26, 2021). "AP sources: Turner Sports gets rights to second NHL package". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "Emrick handled hockey play-by-play duties for CBS at Albertville in 1992 and on CBS and TNT at Lillehammer in 1994 and Nagano in 1998". Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  13. ^ Koo, Ben (April 28, 2021). "Five questions that still need to be answered after the NHL's TV deal with Turner". Awful Announcing.
  14. ^ Lucia, Joe (April 27, 2021). "Turner's NHL deal will include "up to 72" exclusive national games each season, half the Stanley Cup Playoffs, HBO Max streaming". Awful Announcing.
  15. ^ Knoll, Andrew (April 27, 2021). "N.H.L. and Turner Sports Reach 7-Year Media Rights Deal". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  16. ^ Hayes, Dade; Pedersen, Erik (April 27, 2021). "Turner & NHL Ice Seven-Year Rights Deal Including Some Playoff & Stanley Cup Final Games, HBO Max – Update". Deadline. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  17. ^ Staszewski, Joseph (2021-05-19). "AEW Dynamite moving to TBS in 2022, new show revealed". New York Post. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  18. ^ Ravens, Andrew. "Why AEW Is Moving From TNT to TBS". The Wrap.
  19. ^ Deitsch, Richard (May 5, 2021). "Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk to join Turner's NHL broadcasting team: Sources". The Athletic.
  20. ^ Rigdon, Jay (May 6, 2021). "Turner will reportedly pair Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk as lead NHL broadcast team". Awful Announcing.
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  23. ^ a b "Gretzky, Albert and Olczyk to be part of Turner's NHL coverage". Newsday. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  24. ^ Marchand, Andrew (May 25, 2021). "Wayne Gretzky joining TNT's NHL coverage after leaving Oilers post". New York Post.
  25. ^ Reedy, Joe (May 26, 2021). "The Great Move: Gretzky will be part of Turner's NHL studio". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 26, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  26. ^ Craig Morgan [@CraigSMorgan] (May 26, 2021). "Also hearing that Turner has signed Darren Pang & Keith Jones. Heck of a team assembled at Turner" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  27. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (June 9, 2021). "ESPN is set to add Kevin Weekes, AJ Mleczko Griswold and Ryan Callahan to NHL coverage, with Turner adding Anson Carter". Awful Announcing.
  28. ^ Marchand, Andrew (2021-06-28). "ESPN hiring Chris Chelios to join Mark Messier in NHL studio". New York Post. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
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