ESPN adds Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier as NHL analyst

When the National Hockey League returns to ESPN and ABC this fall, former NHL great Mark Messier will be behind the microphone to offer his expert analysis. 

Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, Messier has previously worked as a studio analyst on Versus' coverage of the NHL and has also appeared as part of Rogers Communications' national coverage in Canada.

“My passion for the game is as strong as it has ever been and I am looking forward to sharing that passion, plus my insights and analysis with the sport’s incredible fans," Messier, 60, said in an ESPN news release announcing his hire. 

In April, ESPN reached a seven-year deal for broadcast and media rights to NHL games, which it will split with Turner Sports, beginning with the 2021-22 season. 

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