If you’re a Red Wings fan, this is going to make you smile and say “sure.” A third annual poll in The Athletic ranked the Detroit Red Wings television broadcast team first this season in what amounts to a popularity contest. This isn’t to denigrate Ken Daniels or Mickey Redmond, but it is what it really is.
In Michigan, for those who can watch the games on Bally Sports Detroit (which is less and less the case as the regional sports network disappears from more and more sites), Ken and Mick are terrific. The best description of Redmond comes from the story’s authors, Sean Shapiro and Harman Dayal:
“As one Red Wings fan said, Redmond’s delivery is like ‘watching the game with your hockey-smart grandpa that you really love. “
Redmond, who turns 75 in December, is in the broadcast wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. His playing career spanned from 1967 to 1976, first in Montreal and then in Detroit. He called Red Wings games for about four decades, having worked with the late Dave Strader, Mike Goldberg, and over the past 25 seasons with Ken Daniels, who himself had a stellar career in Canada before moving to Motown in the late 1990s.
(Bally Sports Detroit via YouTube)
While Daniels and Redmond are deserving, two seasons ago they finished 23rd, then 8th last season. These kinds of results call the methodology into question.
If Steve Yzerman’s Red Wings are about to be much better, these games will be even more entertaining.
(By the way, Battle Creek native John Ahlers and his broadcast partner Brian Hayward finished 31st of 32 calling the Anaheim Ducks (the reasoning being that some think Hayward’s comment is biased to the home team .)
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