The team is as follows:
- Adam Burish
- Caley Chelios
- Colby Cohen
- Pat Foley
- Colin Fraser
- Alan Fuehring
- Jon Hansen
- Mike Monaco
- Troy Murray
- Stephen Nelson
- Eddie Olczyk
- Genna Rose
- Jason Ross Jr.
- Patrick Sharp
- Andrew Shaw
- Chris Vosters
- John Wiedeman
- Joseph Zakrzewski
Quite a few of the names are known commodiites in the world of Blackhawks broadcasting. However, there are quite a few new additions as well. Let’s take a look at some of the notables.
The Seasoned Vets
Returning to TV will be Eddie Olczyk and the great Pat Foley, who is entering his final season as the voice of the Blackhawks. In addition, Olczyk also signed as the lead color analyst for Turner Sports as they split NHL TV rights with ESPN in the United States.
In place of Steve Konroyd, who used to fill in for Olczyk, Colby Cohen will be the second TV analyst behind the Chicago native, according to Scott Powers.
As noted above, Troy Murray will return to his role as radio color analyst alongside John Wiedeman. Murray won’t be with the team immediately as he battles cancer, but Murray’s job is his as long as he wants it and is able.
The New Faces on TV/Radio
As indicated above, Foley enters his final season with the team, Olcyzk has national duties, and Murray is battling cancer. While those three will need to be relieved at times this season, the following group will fill in sporadically.
Mike Monaco, Stephen Nelson, and Chris Vosters are all new additions to the team and on TV. An exciting addition to the TV booth is John Wiedeman. The known voice of Blackhawks radio will have ample opportunity to fill in on TV and display his talents. Surely Blackhawks fans will be excited to hear Wiedeman on TV this season.
In addition, a few of the notable names to fill in for Wiedeman on radio are talented. However, of the three listed in Scott Powers’ tweet, Joey Zakrzewski is a name Blackhawks fans may be familiar with. Zakrzewski is the voice of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, and will have chances this season to have his talents on display covering the big club.
The Content Crew
There are some new names to take in on the content side of the house for Chicago. One notable name is Caley Chelios, daughter of Blackhawks’ legend Chris Chelios. She left her position with the Tampa Bay Lightning after five seasons to pursue being a mom. Now, being back where she was born, she’ll have chances to still remain active with an NHL team while focusing on her family.
In addition to Chelios, Genna Rose joins the Blackhawks in a broadcast/content role as well. Rose has spent time as an analyst for Sports Illustrated covering collegiate athletics and she’ll also be an in-arena host for the team.
Along with the pair of ladies, Blackhawks fan favorites Adam Burish, Colin Fraser, Patrick Sharp, and recently retired Andrew Shaw will all have broadcast/content roles with the team as well. This is a great move by the Blackhawks as all four players have shown great personality and ability in front of the cameras, giving fans some familiar faces to enjoy throughout the season.
The broadcast/content team for the Blackhawks this season is deep and loaded with talent. If the team on the ice is as good as the team covering it, then the Blackhawks will be covered deep into the postseason this year.