Tocchet joins Turner Sports as NHL studio analyst


Rick Tocchet was hired by Turner Sports as an NHL studio analyst on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old was coach of the Arizona Coyotes the past four seasons, going 125-131-34 before it was announced May 9 that he would not return. He also coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-10, going 53-69-26. He won the Stanley Cup twice as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017).

Tocchet played 18 seasons in the NHL from 1984-2002, scoring 952 points (440 goals, 512 assists) in 1,144 games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes. He scored 112 points (52 goals, 60 assists) in 145 Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the Cup with the Penguins in 1992.

Turner Sports announced its entire studio and broadcast teams on Tuesday, which includes Brendan Burke and Darren Pang as a broadcast team, and Keith Jones as an analyst. Former NHL players Anson Carter and Paul Bissonnette will serve as studio analysts.

Turner Sports agreed to a multiyear contract with Wayne Gretzky to be a studio analyst May 26, and hired Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk to be the lead broadcast team for games this season.

The NHL and Turner Sports announced a seven-year media rights agreement April 27 that will have regular-season and postseason games televised on TNT and TBS starting this season and running through 2027-28. It will televise all Stanley Cup Final games in 2023, 2025 and 2027, one conference final series each season, and half of the first two rounds of the playoffs, plus 72 regular-season games per season including the NHL Winter Classic, the annual New Year’s Day outdoor game, in each of the seven seasons of the deal.

That followed a seven-year broadcast agreement the NHL signed with The Walt Disney Co. and ESPN on March 10 that includes exclusive coverage of the Final on ABC in four of its seven years with the ability to simulcast on ESPN+ and additional ESPN networks. 

Among the analysts hired by ESPN are Hockey Hall of Fame members Mark Messier and Chris Chelios, as well as Brian Boucher, Kevin Weekes and Cassie Campbell-Pascall.

The NHL regular season begins Oct. 12.

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