NBC Cast To Grow A Bit For the Finals

In the past, it has seemed like NBC was going with the minimum amount of talent for it’s big hockey events. Going with substitute hosts to at least not have the Stanley Cup Final telecast be hosted by Pierre McGuire. Various names like Bill Patrick, Bob Neumeier, Dan Patrick and others have stepped into that spot. Heck, Patrick wouldn’t even cover all the games last year, joining up late in the series.

This year, things will be a bit different. Liam McHugh, as he has done for much of the regular season and playoffs, will host NBC’s coverage of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. He will be joined in the studio by regular analyst Mike Milbury. With Pierre McGuire doing inside the glass, Keith Jones will be added to NBC’s studio show to give NBC a three-man team, and what will likely be the two VERSUS studio analysts for the entire series. This is at least for Games 1 & 2 of the series, scheduled to go off June 4th and 5th in primetime for now. There could be changes. For example, NBC used Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Game 1, and brought Jeremy Roenick along for Games 5 & 6.

Good for NBC to add a little consistency, and put a few more personalities on it’s studio show. I’m not saying that you want it to become the NBA Finals or the Super Bowl, but it’s good that we’ll at least see different faces in the studio than we will in the broadcast set-up. You’d have to think that VERSUS will do a pre-game and post-game show for every game of the series, too. So all in all, this is pretty good news for puckheads.

2 Responses to NBC Cast To Grow A Bit For the Finals

  1. Stephen says:

    Wow, that’s cool. First time for Keith Jones to come on NBC.

  2. Sean says:

    They are going all out to make Liam McHugh the new face of Versus. He seems like a good candidate from what I’ve seen. I just like the effort.

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