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03-30-2004, 08:58 AM
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Do the Canadian teams have TV announcers who are their paid employees? I know Bob Cole and Harry Neale are identified with Toronto but they work for CBC (and others).
Neale does most of the Leafs games. He works for CBC, TSN and Sportsnet Ontario when any of those teams do the Leafs games.

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03-30-2004, 10:18 AM
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The one from Pittsburgh. The one that always says " Ladies and gentleman, elvis has left the building."

Hes a hoot. I also like Ric Jeanette.

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03-30-2004, 10:27 AM
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If I can't name Mike Lange (whom I would call "the best" even if I weren't a Pens fan), I would say the guy who calls the Devils games is very good. A very different style from Lange -- one that's more serious and statistical -- but he's a real professional. Sadly, I always forget the guy's name, but I'm sure someone knows. As I said in the other thread, kind of reminds me of Al Michaels in certain respects.

I wish to God ABC would use Al Michaels as the play-by-play guy for all their playoff telecasts (Thorne would call the "other game" that night), and have maybe Brian Engblom or Steve Levy as Al's color guy. I know not many people like Levy, but of the regular ESPN hockey crew, he probably has the best mix of a good voice and decent knolwedge IMO. Also has a sense of humor, which any color guy needs.

Honorable mention: the crew from Dallas, while probably not that great on their own, make a mildly entertaining duo most of the games I've watched (and they're pretty knowledgeable and non-homerish as well).

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03-30-2004, 10:38 AM
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Fror play-by-play I like Emrick and Cole.

Sam Rosen, Chris Cuthbert and Bob Miller are good as well.


For analysts I'll take McGuire and Davidson (as long as it isn't a Rangers game)

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03-30-2004, 12:27 PM
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Fror play-by-play I like Emrick and Cole.

Sam Rosen, Chris Cuthbert and Bob Miller are good as well.


For analysts I'll take McGuire and Davidson (as long as it isn't a Rangers game)
pretty much agree with that

id like emrick more if he had a less annoying voice but his hockey speak is tremendous, my first team would be emrick and jd then rosen and mcguire... i hear ya with the ranger homer jd is.. cant get his nose out of the gardens butt when commentating but is probably the most knowledgable analyst out there

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03-30-2004, 12:30 PM
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Chris Cuthbert for the best

DEAN BROWN IS ABSOLUTELY THE WORST ANNOUNCER OUT THERE

He uses the same annoying "scores" tone so much

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03-30-2004, 12:31 PM
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Rick Jeanneret!

Miroooooooo Sataaaaaaaan!!! Puts it top shelf, where the mommy hides the cookie jar!!!

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03-30-2004, 12:34 PM
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Announcer: Chris Cuthbert and Rick Jeanneret - Both guys are right into the game and always make it more exciting than it could be. They're both pretty knowledgable as well.

Commentator: McGuire - See above. McGuire is a MONSTER behind the booth and always delivers EXCITING ANALYSIS on the KEY PLAYS OF THE GAME!

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03-30-2004, 12:36 PM
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Almost unarguably Pat Foley.

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Rick Jeanneret!

Miroooooooo Sataaaaaaaan!!! Puts it top shelf, where the mommy hides the cookie jar!!!
"Top shelf where momma hides the cookies!" But nice try.

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03-30-2004, 02:26 PM
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Right now, I would say Chris Cuthbert.

As a Habs fan, I think that Bob Cole isn't actually a Leafs homer. He is just used to sounding pro-Leaf because he covers most of their games, and is surrounded by Harry Neale (who is a homer). You can pick this up when watching other games Cole does. He's a genuine hockey fan, not a Leafs fan.

Bob Cole is an outstanding announcer. As mentionned, he is a classic voice of hockey. I remember some of his calls, like, "JOOOOOOOE SAKIC" in 2002, and "DES-JAR-DINS!!!!" back in 1993. However, he is past his prime nowadays it appears.

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03-30-2004, 02:29 PM
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What ticks me off with Cole is the fact that he always tries to quantify distances.

"Missed the net by 2 feet!"
"A 25-feet wristshot"

etc.

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Shorty & Larscheid are my favourites.

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What ticks me off with Cole is the fact that he always tries to quantify distances.

"Missed the net by 2 feet!"
"A 25-feet wristshot"

etc.
Isn't that Harry Neale?

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Rick Jeanneret!

Miroooooooo Sataaaaaaaan!!! Puts it top shelf, where the mommy hides the cookie jar!!!
http://joezambon.com/jeanerette/

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I'm a Bruins fan living near Boston, but I used to actually pick up Blackhawks games fairly decently, first on AM-780, then on AM-1000. I'll always remember Darren Pang's postgame show from "the bowels of Chicago Stadium". Pat Foley's voice would rise appropriately with the noisy atmosphere of the old Chicago Stadium("AND A SAAAAAVE BY HACKETT!!"). Unfortunately, I haven't picked up a Hawks game in years, which probably typifies the state of the franchise(put forth on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" last night).

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Cole is a terrible announcer to listen to.

He tries to be unbiased, but he really tries to curse the teams you're watching.

"The Avs are pressing now, they know they've got a goal coming!"

NO! NOT AGAINST THE WINGS!

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Have to go with Doc Emerick. He IS the man. Chico isn't great, but he's not bad either.

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I don't know his name but I see it on highlights, he is the commentator for the Buffalo game, oh man he makes me laugh, he's so darn good with that

SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORES!!!

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I'll start by saying that I'm a Bruins fan who watches NHL Centre Ice every night during the season.
All that have been mentioned are very good. Mike Emrick should still have what is now Gary Thorne's job IMO. Lange and Jeanerette are always entertaining. And Jim Hughson is top notch.

I don't know if he's the "best" but my personal favorite is Curt Keilback who does Coyotes games.

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03-30-2004, 04:42 PM
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Play by Play

My vote goes to Chris Cuthbert. I love his high voice. "Hot Shot! Turned asibe by Conklin!" and he knows his hockey too.

I have great respect for a couple of guys in the Radio business. Kenny Albert for the Rangers. Good voice, good description all around very good. Also, Dino Sisto for Montreal. Good descriptions and excellent hockey knowledge.

I'm on the Rick Jeanneret bangwagon as well. Remember "May-day"? I also remember Stu Barnes scoring in OT for the Sabres STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU BAAAAAAAAAARRRNEESS!

I can't stand Dean Brown and Greg Millen.

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03-30-2004, 04:57 PM
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Any play-by-play guy who brings a sense of excitement to the game is good. Unfortunately, there's not enough of these types of guys. The voice must be loud and clear. Any person from Newfoundland is a good candidate since they're all loud. Chris Cuthbert's voice isn't good enough and he should never have been hired, I just don't feel the magic when he's doing a game.

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iunno i really like Gary Thorne from ABC i think he has the best hockey voice right now, thoughts?

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