RELEASE: Blackhawks announce broadcast and content team for 2021-2022
The Chicago Blackhawks today announced a roster of broadcasters and personalities who will join the broadcast and content team for select games this season on NBC Sports Chicago, the Blackhawks’ exclusive hockey television channel, WGN Radio. 720-AM and on several other Blackhawks content channels.
Among those replacing legendary Blackhawks Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster Pat Foley in his 39th and final season throughout the 2021-2022 season are Mike Monaco, Stephen Nelson, Chris Vosters and John wiedeman. This team will work alongside a long-time analyst Eddie olczyk and a newcomer to the Blackhawks broadcast booth, Blackhawks content analyst Colby Cohen.
Wiedeman will continue to call Blackhawks games on WGN Radio 720-AM with Troy Murray. When Wiedeman goes to call the television, Alan FÃ¼hring, Joey Zakrzewski and Jason Ross, Jr. will be among those who will fill the radio.
The Blackhawks have also announced additional contributors to their broadcast and content teams who will fill a variety of roles throughout the season, including Adam Burish, Caley Chelios, Colin Fraser, Genna Rose, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Shaw.
âWe’re always looking to elevate our fan experience to the next level, and this is just the start of many exciting things to come across all Blackhawks content channels,â said Jaime Faulkner, President of Blackhawks Affairs. âFans will get more information, behind-the-scenes access and entertaining content this season. We are adding additional experienced and energetic voices to our legendary and popular broadcast booth to further enhance our broadcasts on NBC Sports Chicago and our TV channels. Blackhawks content to show the dynamic team we have on the ice.
âWe are constantly evolving storytelling and content with our live production and pre- and post-game programming to provide viewers with the best experience on television,â said John Schippman, vice president of content for NBC Sports Chicago. “We’ve been partnering with the Blackhawks since January to develop new elements to this year’s broadcast and adding top talent has been a key first step.”
Details on the specific broadcast schedule and announcer pairings will be announced throughout the Blackhawks’ regular season.
Play-by-Play TV Guest Advertisers (in alphabetical order)
Mike Monaco worked as a play-by-play broadcaster for two years at ESPN where he worked on various events including the 2021 Little League World Series for the network. In addition, he also works at NESN where calls some Boston Red Sox games. Monaco also called some Chicago White Sox games in August, alongside Steve Stone. He played play-by-play hockey for the Big Ten Network and the University of Notre Dame-his alma mater.
Stephen nelson currently works at NHL Network where he recently competed in games for the 2021 World Junior Championship and the 2021 NHL Network Showcase Series. In addition, he is currently talented on the air at the MLB Network where he hosts the popular show “Intentional Talk”. He was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 sports list in 2016 and began his broadcasting career with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League as a studio host, color commentator and play-by-broadcaster. play. He graduated from Chapman University.
Chris Vosters has experience working for the Big Ten Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and Stadium. He called play-by-play for the 2019 NCAA Frozen Four and Big Ten women’s hockey. Vosters is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
John wiedeman is well known to Blackhawks fans and is entering his 16e season as the team’s radio voice. He won three Stanley Cup Championships with the Blackhawks, received top honors in the Chicago Market four times in the “Best Game Per Game” category by the Illinois Broadcasters Association with his partner Troy Murray and won the Illinois Sports Commentator of the Year Award. Association of Broadcasters. Wiedeman also has NHL broadcast experience with the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. Wiedeman will remain the Blackhawks’ regular announcer on WGN Radio.
Guest announcers on radio (in alphabetical order)
Alan fÃ¼hring is the Director of Broadcasting and Communications for the Bridgeport Islanders of the American Hockey League. He has been voice-by-play since 2016 and replaced the New York Islanders on preseason and regular season broadcasts. The Illinois native is a graduate of Bradley University.
Jason Ross, Jr. started calling high school and college hockey on TV and radio while still in high school. His passion and hard work paid off when Jason was hired by ESPN in the summer of 2021 to call college football for the network. The Detroit native covered all four major sports, including the Red Wings for The Motor City Roundup.
Joey zakrzewski joined the IceHogs at the start of the 2017-18 season after two and a half seasons with AHL’s Ontario Reign as Director of Communications and Broadcast. There, he oversaw team communications and public / media relations while serving as a play-by-play broadcaster during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Prior to his stint in Ontario, the former Sam Houston State spent six campaigns with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays as play-by-play broadcaster and public relations manager, where he won the ECHL award. Broadcaster of the Year in 2012-13.
Content / Distribution Contributors (in alphabetical order)
Adam burish played nine seasons in the NHL, including his first four with the Blackhawks, the team that drafted him in 2002. Burish was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup team and also played with the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars. Burish is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He played college hockey at the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the 2006 NCAA Championship team.
Caley Chelios spent the past five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning where she worked as a full-time radio analyst and contributed to the Lightning’s television shows and streaming platforms. Caley attended Northwestern University on a lacrosse scholarship where she won a national championship in her freshman year. She is the daughter of former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios and graduated from Northwestern’s Medill College of Journalism.
Colin Fraser is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (including 2010 with Chicago and 2012 and 2014 with Los Angeles) and spent four of his eight seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks (2006-2010) scoring 20 goals and 58 points in 359 games in the NHL. The 36-year-old Sicamus, BC native was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003 and played his last NHL game with the St. Louis Blues in 2015. Fraser is currently an amateur scout for the Blackhawks.
Genna Rose, who joins Jon hansen as a host in the team arena, has broadcast and production experience in the four main professional sports. Rose previously covered the Detroit Lions and Tigers for Sports Illustrated, worked as a secondary reporter for ESPN3, and covered the Big Ten Conference for Sports Illustrated.
Patrick sharp won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and scored four 30-goal seasons during his impressive 16-year NHL career. Sharp retired a Blackhawk after returning to Chicago to play his final NHL season in 2017-18. He has spent the past three seasons working as a television analyst for NBC Sports for regular season and NHL playoff coverage.
Andrew Shaw won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. During his 10-year NHL career that included stints with the Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens, Shaw scored 116 goals and 247 points and was scarred 573 penalty minutes in 544 games. He announced his retirement from hockey in April 2021.