ESPN NHL Female Commentators And Announcers

By Usha Shrestha / 11 May 2023 03:36 AM

Linda, Leah and Cassie broadcasting the NHL Game 2022 at Desert Diamond Arena
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ESPN NHL female commentators and announcers include Emily Kaplan, Aj Mleckzo, Hilary Knight, Leah Hextall and Linda Cohn. Blake Bolden is also on the list.

ESPN has been the center for NHL live updates for roughly four decades. Starting with the first telecast of the National Hockey League in the late 1990s, the hockey team organization and the company have announced their 7-year deal for the 2021–2022 season.

The broadcasting company hired lady reporters for sports coverage in the late 1980s. Gayle Gardner became the first American sportscaster for the broadcasting company from 1987 until 1993.

In the current scenario, several lady broadcasters share their knowledge, passion, and distinctive sport covering style.

Most on-air personalities have direct connections with ice hockey, either as players or coaches. Few became interested in hockey after belonging to a family of hockey players.

ESPN NHL Female Commentators And Announcers

1. Emily Kaplan32 years old
2. AJ Mleckzo47 years old
3. Hilary Knight33 years old
4. Leah Hextall43 years old
5. Linda Cohn64 years old
6. Cassie Campbell Pascall49 years old
7. Blake Bolden32 years old

1. Emily Kaplan

ESPN hockey Female broadcaster Emily Kaplan joined the crew in July 2017. Kaplan started her career in September 2012.

It has been over five years since she began working as one of the youngest national-level hockey reporters. Moreover, she also works as a reporter for the Walt Disney Company to cover the league.

Emily reporting the first round of 2022 May season
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People recognize her as the only reporter who covered the Stanley Cup Final for the company during COVID-19. Not only that, she wrote an article about how the players dealt with mental health and anxiety due to the pandemic.

Emily has had a passion for sports and news reporting since her college days. Thus, she enrolled at Penn State University to acquire a degree in journalism right after she completed her high school studies at Montclair High School in 2005.

On the personal front, Kaplan came into the world on May 7, 1991, as one of the daughters of Naomi and Dave Kaplan. Her two siblings are Leah and Eva Kaplan, who grew up with her in New Jersey, United States.

2. AJ Mleckzo

Female hockey announcers include American ice hockey player and analyst Allison Jaime Mleczko. A.J. began playing hockey in college.

Starting with playing at Harvard University, she won a gold medal in the 1988 Winter Olympics and a silver in 2002. Moreover, in 1999, she won the Patty Kazmaizer Award for the best lady college ice hockey player in the United States.

AJ shared a picture with retired announcer, Doc. on her IG
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Mleczko joined the crew as a color commentator in 2021. Prior to that, she joined MSG Networks Inc. as an on-air analyst. Moreover, she is an on-air analyst for NBC Sports, covering the National Hockey League.

She previously worked for NBC Olympics, USA Hockey Foundation, Turner Broadcasting, and Universal Sports. Few people may know that she is also the co-host of On the Bus With Cammi and AJ, a podcast with Cammi Granato.

Keeping her professional and former sports life aside, AJ is the mother of four kids: Oliver, Finley, Sam, and Jaime Griswold. She shares the children with her husband of over two decades, Jason Griswold.

3. Hilary Knight

ESPN hockey announcers include Hilary Knight. Knight has been on the sports broadcasting network since 2021.

The 33-year-old sports broadcaster was a studio analyst for the Stanley Cup Playoff season of 2019. Later, she moved into the broadcast booth.

Besides, Hilary herself is a forward ice hockey player. She plays for PWHPA and the United States women's national ice hockey team. Earlier, she played for Les Canadiennes de Montreal and Boston Pride.

Hilary Knight holding her hockey stick on Brampton stadium
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The 5-foot-11-inch athlete has won multiple awards and honors for her incredible performance on the ice rink. In 2009, she was awarded the Patty Kazmaizer Memorial Award. The same year, she was named WCHA Player of the Year.

Knight is from California, born to Cynthia Knight and James Knight. The family moved to Chicago when she was five.

4. Leah Hextall

ESPN hockey female broadcaster Leah Hextall is a Canadian sports journalist and play-by-play analyst. Hextall joined the crew in 2021.

Leah is the first woman to call play-by-play for an NHL game on Sportsnet in the 2020 season. The previous year, she marked herself as the first lady to call the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament.

The 43-year-old sports broadcaster holds a graduation degree from the Columbia Academy of Radio, Television, and Recording Arts in Vancouver. In 2016, she developed an interest in enlarging her skill in play-by-play announcing.

Leah posed wearing a dark jumpsuit at PPG Paints Arena
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Legendary broadcasters Mike Doc Emirick and Cassie Campbell Pascall have been the inspiration behind her career. In 2018, she debuted in play-by-play for a four-game set of the CWHL on television.

Besides, she runs a segment named Hextall on Hockey once a week on AM radio station 680 CJOB. In the segment, she talks about the highlights of the hockey world.

Hextall belongs to a family of former NHL players. Her grandfather Bryan Sr., uncle Bryan Jr., and cousin Ron Hextall are known ex-athletes for the National Hockey League.

5. Linda Cohn

Female NHL broadcaster Linda Cohn is one of the oldest anchors at ESPN Sports Center. Cohn joined in July 1992.

The American sportscaster was listed in the Top 25 sportswomen in 2014. In childhood, she loved playing hockey. Her mother would make her play with the boys on school teams.

After high school, Linda played as a goalie at Sunny Oswego University. As a sports anchor, she debuted on a radio station in 1981. She worked at five New York area radio stations for around six years.

Linda all set to broadcast the NHL match between Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks
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In 1987, ABC hired her as a full-time lady sports anchor on a national radio network. The subsequent year, she got a breakthrough on Sports Channel America.

In her initial year with the broadcasting channel, she anchored SportsCenter with Chris Myers. In addition, she was featured in commercials for the This is SportsCenter show. In 2018, she had a deal with the company to include expanded ice hockey coverage.

6. Cassie Campbell Pascall

ESPN NHL female broadcaster Cassie Campbell Pascall is a former ice hockey player. Pascall won two gold medals in the Olympics for Canada.

Born in November 1973, Campbell joined the broadcasting channel as a broadcaster in 2021. Besides she also works as a sports broadcaster for Sportsnet. She began her career as a rinkside reporter in 2006.

Before that, she captained Canada in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics. Pascall was also the Western Women's Hockey League team captain of the Calgary Oval X-Treme.

Campbell promoting her cousin's clothing brand, JEMS Boutique
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After retirement, she became the first lady correspondent during a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. She provided color commentary for women's Winter Olympic hockey in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

In between, in 2012, she was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. She holds the Best Sports Analysis Award 2021 from the Canadian Screen Awards.

Besides, Cassie is a motivational speaker for Speakers Spotlight. She also wrote a book, H.E.A.R.T., released in October 2007.

7. Blake Bolden

One of the Female NHL reporters Blake Bolden joined ESPN in 2022. Bolden is a professional ice hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings.

Blake is one of the youngest sports broadcast personalities. She was born on March 10, 1991, in Euclid, Ohio.

She grew up following the Lumberjacks and the International Hockey League. Her father worked for the Cleveland Lumberjacks, which eventually helped her meet the players.

The 5-foot-7-inch athlete started playing ice hockey as a captain during her senior year at Northwood School. Following that, she played in the women's ice hockey tournament at Boston College from 2009 until 2013.

The scout of the Los Angeles Kings started her athletic career in 2008 and has played for PWHPA Buffalo, Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, and many other teams. She has been honored with the 2019 NWHL Defensive Player of the Year, the 2016 Isobel Cup, and a few more.

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