Your NCAA Hockey Tournament Schedule and Commentators on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPNU

Note: Games may also be presented on your local regional sports network during the regional tournaments.

So on Sunday, John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Sean Ritchlin will announce the brackets for the NCAA hockey tournament on ESPN2, which will start a week from today and culminate in April at the Verizon Center in Washington.  A few familiar faces with regard to ESPN hockey coverage throughout the tournaments.  Also of note is that some of the regional games are being moved up to ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, instead of just being stuck on ESPNU.  Another first, the Bridgeport (East) and Minneapolis (West) regionals will be broadcast in HD. Gary Thorne nerds, we don’t understand you, but this is for you.

NCAA Selection Show
Sunday, March 22nd at 11:30 AM (ESPN2)
John Buccigross
Analysts: Barry Melrose and Sean Ritchlin 


East Regional (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
Semi-Finals: March 27th, 3PM and 6:30 PM (ESPNU HD)
Final: March 28th, 6:30 PM (ESPNU HD) 

Play-by-Play: Justin Kutcher
Color: Damian DiGuilian
Reporter: Ken Hodge

West Regional (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
March 27th, 5:30 PM (ESPN2 HD) and 9PM (ESPNU HD) 
Final: March 28th, 9PM (ESPNU HD)

Play-by-Play: Clay Matvick
Color: Jim Paradise

Northeast Regional (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Semi-Finals: March 28th, 2PM and 5:30PM (ESPN2/ 
Finals: March 29th, 5:30 PM (ESPNU)

Play by Play: John Buccigross
Color: Barry Melrose

Midwest Regional (Grand Rapids, Michigan) 
Semi-Finals: March 28th, 4PM (ESPNU) and 7:30 PM (ESPN Classic/
Final: March 29th, 8PM (ESPNU)

Play by Play: Ben Holden
Color: Sean Ritchlin

All Regionals

Studio Host: Lowell Galindo
Studio Analyst: Bob Norton

Frozen Four

National Semi-Finals: April 9th, 5PM and 8:30 PM (ESPN2 HD) 
Play by Play: Gary Thorne
Color: Barry Melrose
Reporter: Clay Matvick
Studio Host: John Buccigross 

Hobey Baker Award Ceremony: April 10th, 7PM (ESPNU HD)
Hosts: Clay Matvick and Ben Holden 

NCAA Championship: April 11th, 7PM (ESPN HD)
Play by Play: Gary Thorne
Color: Barry Melrose
Reporter: Clay Matvick
Studio Host: John Buccigross


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7 Responses to Your NCAA Hockey Tournament Schedule and Commentators on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPNU

  1. Colton says:

    Since when has ESPN done NCAA hockey?

  2. Yes, this is the best NCAA tourney It’s April and March Madness!

  3. steven says:

    WOW!!! ESPN doing hockey coverage?!! That’s unheard of!!! LOL

  4. Keith says:

    ESPN does almost all NCAA championships except men’s basketball

  5. stevelepore says:

    ESPN has done NCAA hockey for decades.

  6. Colton says:

    If ESPN can have a NCAA hockey game at 7pm on a saturday, why can’t Versus or NBC have one with the NHL? Instead we always get the stupid sunday afternoon game at 12:30pm. Night games are so much better!

  7. Mark says:

    Barry Melrose sucks at doing NCAA hockey color.

    A Fighting Sioux Fan.

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