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Calgary Flames Announcers and Broadcast Team 2023-24

By Abhay Acharya / 1 November 2023 10:50 AM

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Calgary Flames announcers for the 2023-24 season are Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey. Ball has been calling play by play for the Flames since 2014.

Kelly Hrudey serves as the primary color commentator. Cassie Campbell-Pascall fills in during Hrudey's Hockey Night in Canada assignments. 

Likewise, Greg Millen acts as a fill-in analyst during Hrudley's and Cassie's ESPN assignments. Ryan Leslie is the studio host for the Calgary Flames games on TV, while Pat Steinberg is the Flames radio host.

Derek Wills and Meaghan Mikkelson are the lead voices in the Flames radio. Wills calls play-by-play, while Mikkelson is a color commentator. 

Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Flames, and Sportsnet 360 will broadcast the 58 regional games of the Flames. Sportsnet 960 the Fan is set to broadcast the Flames' all 82 NHL regular-season games. Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada will broadcast the remaining games.

Rogers Sports and Media own the channel and hold the regional rights to all the broadcasts of Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Flames, including select regional and national coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs games.

Calgary Flames Commentators 2023-24

The Flames commentators for the 2023-24 season are:

  • Rick Ball
  • Kelly Hrudey

Rick Ball

Rick Ball is the television voice of the Flames games on the Sportsnet. He has been calling as the regional play-by-play announcer since 2014. 

Ball called for the Winnipeg Jets in 2011 for the CBC on Hockey Night in Canada before joining Sportsnet. He began his sportscaster career on the radio in 1993 and became the lead voice of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets from 1995 to 2000.

In 2001, he acquired the opportunity of broadcasting on television when he was required to fill in on VTV's Vancouver Canucks' ten broadcasts for Jim Hughson. He then joined The Team 1040 radio station the same year in Vancouver and started hosting the noon-to-3 p.m. show. 

Following that, in 2004, as The Team grasped the rights to the Canadian Football League's BC Lions, Ball was named the station's play-by-play caller. He, along with Joe Kenward, was selected as a fill-in for John Shorthouse, the then-lead Canucks anchorman in 2008. 

After calling the Winnipeg Jets games on Hockey Night in Canada for the CBC in 2011, Rick was promoted to be the chief western play-by-play for Hockey Night in Canada in 2013. 

Kelly Hrudey

Kelly Hrudey has been the Flames TV commentator since 2014. He also calls the NHL games on Hockey Night in Canada as a studio analyst. 

The former NHL goaltender, Hrudey began his broadcasting career as an occasional studio analyst on HNC during this playing career's latter years. Post-retirement, he joined the show permanently.

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During the Saturday night doubleheaders' second game's first intermission, Hrudey was featured with hosts Scott Oake and Scott Russell in the 'Behind the Mask' segment.

He aided the show's debut on Canada Radio in 2007 with host Jeff Marek. The broadcast dedicated to hockey originated from Toronto and was three hours long. 

The Edmonton native sportscaster Kelly co-hosts the show on Wednesday and Monday on Sirius XM Channel 97 and 127 from his home studio in Calgary.

He served alongside broadcaster Elliotte Friedman and host Ron MacLean on the chief studio team for HNC during the 2008-09 NHL season. 

Before working for Sportsnet, Kelly appeared weekly with Rick Ball in Vancouver on the TSN 1040 radio station. He joined the Flames regional broadcast team after Rogers Media attained the sole broadcasting rights to the NHL games in Canada. 

Calgary Flames Broadcasters

The other broadcasting members of the Flames are listed below.

  • Ryan Leslie - TV Studio Host
  • Derek Wills - Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Meaghan Mikkelson - Radio Color Commentator
  • Pat Steinberg - Radio Host

Ryan Leslie hosts the television studio during the games of the Flames. He became the franchise's broadcast member in July 2018, succeeding the then-host, Roger Millions, after his retirement. 

The Ontario native sportscaster, Leslie, began his first broadcasting program in 1993 in Hamilton at Mohawk College. Following his graduation in 1995, he interned at Eastern Michigan University, covering the premier event of college basketball called March Madness.

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Before hosting the Flames games on television, Ryan worked for about five years for Flames TV after the 2012-13 NHL lockout. Also, he worked part-time on the radio for Rogers Sportsnet's Fan 960 station in Calgary. 

He began his broadcasting career in 1996 as a public address announcer for the women's and men's basketball and volleyball teams for Shaw Television. He also served as a broadcaster for Global TV for five years before joining the Rogers Sportsnet. 

Derek Wills calls play-by-play for the Flames game on the radio. He has been serving for the Calgary Flames radio broadcast since 2014. 

Before serving for the Flames, Wills worked for the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club for about 13 years. He began his broadcasting career as the play-by-play caller for the Bulldogs in August 2001. 

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Wills spent most of his sportscasting career with the Hamilton Bulldogs, serving as a play-by-play anchorperson to the Senior Director of Broadcasting, Communications, and Team Services. He later became the Manager of Broadcasting and Communications for the Bulldogs.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native and former Canadian player Meghan Mikkelson is a color commentator for the Flames games on the radio.

She has been working for Sportsnet as an analyst after occasionally appearing on televised NHL games on intermission panels since 2020 on Sportsnet during discussion segments. Mikkelson officially retired from hockey on 30 October 2023. 

In addition to broadcasting on the radio, Mikkelson won gold for Team Canada during the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. She has been named the best defender during the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. 

Pat Steinberg is the studio host for the Flames games on the radio. He discusses the latest Flames analysis and news, incorporating content from Sportsnet and Flames Nation on The Fan 960 station.

Steinberg also works as a sports writer and contributor for the Canadian Football League every Monday, which can be read on CFL.ca weekly. 

Where to watch Calgary Flames game?

The Flames game tonight on TV is broadcast on Sportsnet. Some regular season games will also be shown on ESPN, TNT, ABC, TSN, TBS, NHL Network, and Hulu. 

You can watch the Calgary games on cable or satellite television via Sportsnet and listen over the air. Furthermore, Sportsnet+ can be accessed to stream all 82 Flames regular season live broadcasts. 

Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Flames, and Sportsnet 360 will broadcast the Flames' 58 regional games, while the remaining games are accessible through Sportsnet and CBC Sports' Hockey Night in Canada.

It would help if you got a Sportsnet+ subscription to enjoy all regional Flames games outside their coverage area. 

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The Calgary Flames TV Channel Sportsnet is available on the following platforms with their respective channel numbers. 

  • Rogers Cable - 429 (HD)
  • Access Communication - 265 (SD), 580 (HD)
  • Bell TV - 429
  • Bell Aliant - 467 (SD), 149 (HD)
  • Coast Cable - 138
  • Compton Cable - 530
  • Delta Cable - 138
  • Shaw Cable - 154
  • Shaw Direct - 328 
  • TELUS Satellite TV - 420 (SD), 1414 (HD)
  • East Link - 500
  • Grand Bend - 500
  • Mascon Cable Systems - 299
  • Mitchell Seaforth Cable - 500
  • MTS TV - 521 (SD), 1521 (HD)
  • Novus Entertainment - 237
  • SaskTel - 245
  • Ward - 500
  • Westman - 240

The list of some TV providers in Canada that carry Sportsnet ONE is given below.

  • Rogers Cable - Channels 99 and 394 (SD), 395 and 584 (HD)
  • Shaw Direct - Channels 88 (SD), 224 (HD)
  • Shaw Cable - Channels 159 and 161 (SD), 225 and 648 (HD)
  • TELUS Optik TV - Channels 9907 (SD), 907 (HD)
  • Bell Fibe TV - Channels 418 (SD), 1418 (HD)
  • Novus Entertainment - Channels 223 (SD), 128 (HD)
  • Bell Satellite TV - Channels 418 (SD), 1409 (HD)
  • SaskTel - Channels 41 (SD), 341 (HD)

You can watch the games on Sportsnet Flames, the companion channel of Sportsnet ONE. The Sportsnet Flames on Shaw Cable are on channels 326 (SD) and 302 (HD).

Fans can enjoy select games on ESPN, TNT, TSN, and Warner Bros (TBS) outside Canada. They can be streamed on ESPN+ or Hulu and FuboTV. 

The Calgary Flames schedule for the upcoming games in November is stated in the table below.

November 1Against Dallas Stars at 6:30 p.m. MT
November 4Against Seattle Kraken at 8 p.m. MT
November 7Against Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. MT
November 10Against Toronto Maple Leafs at 5 p.m. MT
November 11Against Ottawa Senators at 5 p.m. MT
November 14Against Montreal Canadiens at 5 p.m. MT
November 16Against Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. MT
November 18Against New York Islander at 5 p.m. MT
November 20Against Seattle Kraker at 8 p.m. MT
November 22Against Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. MT
November 24Against Dallas Stars at 6:30 p.m. MT
November 25Against Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. MT
November 27Against Vegas Golden Knights at 7.30 p.m. MT
November 30Against Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. MT

Calgary Flames Radio Station

The Calgary Flames radio broadcast is on the Flames affiliate, Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Its studios are located on 7th Avenue Southwest. 

Sportsnet 960 (SN960) The Fan is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and covers the Southern Alberta region. Rogers Sports and Media owns the commercial radio station. 

The station broadcasts in a sports format and airs all the Calgary Flames games as the flagship station of the franchise, with Derek Wills calling play-by-play and Meaghan Mikkelson acting as a color analyst.

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Rogers Sports and Media acquired the radio broadcasting rights of the Flames and all NHL games in Canada in 2014. The Fan has since served as a flagship outlet for Flames games. 

With Pat Steinberg hosting the games on the Calgary Flames radio stations online, all 82 regular season live broadcasts can be accessed through SN960 The Fan's official website. 

The station features shows such as The Big Show with Rusic and Rose, Flames Talk, Hockey Central 960, The Jeff Marek Show, Sportsnet Today 960, The Hockey PDOcast, Calgary Flames Radio, Calgary Hitmen Radio, and Sports Interaction's Inside The Line. 

You can either tune in to the station within its broadcasting region or access all live broadcasts and shows online anytime. 

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