NBC/VERSUS Release 2011-12 Talent Lineups

NBC Talent Teams

NBC/Wednesdays on VERSUS: Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire

Mondays on VERSUS: Mike Emrick and Pierre McGuire

Tuesdays on VERSUS: Dave Strader and Brian Engblom

NHL Live Studio Show: Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones*

NHL Overtime: Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick*

NBC Studio Show: Liam McHugh and Mike Milbury

Here’s the full press release:

NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) — The critically-acclaimed team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) will return to the NBC Sports Group as its featured broadcast team for the 2011-12 NHL season. Emrick, who won the Sports Emmy Award earlier this year in the play-by-play category, Olczyk and McGuire will again cover the ‘NHL Game of the Week’ broadcasts on NBC and will add VERSUS’ new exclusive Wednesday night telecast to their schedule.


Veteran NHL announcer Dave Strader (play-by-play) and former NHL player Brian Engblom (‘Inside the Glass’ analyst) also return and will primarily handle Tuesday and Sunday night telecasts as a team. Emrick, McGuire and Strader will call games exclusively for the NBC Sports Group this season.


In the studio, host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones begin their second season together on VERSUS’ pre- and post-game show, NHL Live. Also on VERSUS, the NHL Overtime team of host Bill Patrick and analyst Jeremy Roenick will often be joined by additional former NHL players or coaches. McHugh and Milbury will also work NBC’s pre- and post-game coverage as well as its intermission segments.


“The key ingredient to the success of our broadcasts has been the people and we’re thrilled that the best in the business are returning,” said Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS. “This talent schedule benefits hockey fans because it allows us to produce consistent broadcasts across all platforms, which is more important than ever as fans will see more national regular-season and playoff telecasts than ever before.”

8 Responses to NBC/VERSUS Release 2011-12 Talent Lineups

  1. Stephen says:

    Well that’s a good line up there. I’m surprise that they didn’t put Panger as the Inside the Glass #2 guy while Engblom is the Color Commentary with Dave Strader.

    Also, good move putting McHugh as the new studio host for NHL Live (not to confused with the same show on NHL Network). He does a great job hosting the show.

    So I believe that VERSUS/NBC decided to not bring back John Forslund, Rick Peckham, and John Alhers as their play-by-play group.

    And even color commentaries of Daryl Raleigh, Darren Eliot, and Andy Brickley.

    A little shock but I like the parings for this coming NHL season on NBC/VERSUS.

    • nosferatu says:

      I suppose we very well might see those old names come playoff time, unless NBC picks up simulcast feeds from TSN/CBC.

      • stevelepore says:

        Forslund personally told me that he’ll be doing Hockey Day and some games down the stretch as well as playoffs, so none of these people have necessarily been dumped.

      • Stephen says:

        NBC/VERSUS said they will not do simulcast no more this season especially the playoffs as well.

      • nosferatu says:

        Was it clear that they wouldn’t do simulcasts at all, or just no CSN simulcasts, as that probably turned off some fans of opposing teams who felt bias. Probably wouldn’t be that way with the national Canadian crews. I just have a hard time seeing NBC invest the money to go around North America with eight different crews in the first round.

  2. dyhrdmet says:

    Will Doc and Pierre work back-to-back days once the NBC slate starts (Sunday afternoon and Monday night)?

    And good point about John Forslund (and probably the rest of the freelancers) coming aboard when the schedule gets heavy for Hockey Day, down the stretch, and in the Playoffs. NBC clearly wanted a regular lineup this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kenny Albert included in that list, and if he signs on to be NBC’s soccer voice, J.P. Dellacamera too.

  3. A Moose says:

    Am I missing something as to why the “*” is next to Jonesy and Roenick’s names?

  4. jkrdevil says:

    They will be joined by rotating cast of analyst according to the press release.

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