Calgary Flames Commentators 2023-24
The Flames commentators for the 2023-24 season are:
- Rick Ball
- Kelly Hrudey
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 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.
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.