Melrose: “I’m the Most-Watched Hockey Person in the United States”

Well, I’m a lot better looking and better dressed than Don Cherry. Gotta get that out there right away. But I would say so, yeah. If you look at the viewership for ESPN, non-hockey fans are watching SportsCenter. All of a sudden, this guy from Canada pops up, and they say, ‘this is the hockey guy.’ So I would definitely say that’s true. It’s something I take pride in, and something I work hard to cultivate, and something that I try to convey every night to people that aren’t hockey fans. So I try and entertain a little more than guys that are on hockey networks, but I think definitely that’s true that I’m the most watched hockey person in the United States. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

This and more from Paulsen’s fantastic interview with the World’s Most Interesting Analyst at Sports Media Watch.  Read it.

6 Responses to Melrose: “I’m the Most-Watched Hockey Person in the United States”

  1. kevin says:

    the Don Cherry of America? That’s like being the John Madden of hockey….it’s a backhanded compliment at best

  2. leafsfan1967 says:

    Melrose “the World’s Most Interesting Analyst”?! Please…. Give me a break.

    Melrose is a bit player on a network who at least at the moment could care less about hockey.

    Give me a break….

    • stevelepore says:

      They actually do full-fledged commercials of Melrose parodying the Dos Eqis “Most Interesting Man on Earth”, they run everytime he appears on SportsCenter. And they brighten my day a ton.

      • Josh says:

        Interesting, since I distinctly remember HNIC doing an opening from the Joe during last season’s playoffs exactly like that. Now, HNIC’s was amateurish to the point of embarrassment, but ESPN is still copying the idea.

      • stevelepore says:

        ESPN’s is better. And funnier.

  3. Gumper says:

    What caught my eye is the comment that the NHL needs ESPN to be what it wants to be. Probably is true — which is why things need to change so that ESPN isn’t that factor. We need more parity here in the US, so I am hopeful that Versus can continue to grow instead of the NHL on ESPN.

    As far as him being the most watched person in the US – not from me. Luckily I can still get to see Don Cherry as I dont find Melrose all that interesting.

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