CM – ESPN hires Chris Chelios for Mark Messier in the NHL studio


ESPN is adding another Hall of Famer to its upcoming NHL coverage, The Post has learned.

Chris Chelios will join Mark Messier as part of ESPN’s top studio team, according to sources. ABC / ESPN and TNT will take over national coverage of the NHL for the next season. ABC / ESPN will host four of the next seven Stanley Cup finals.

ESPN and TNT were like franchises that signed free agents. After TNT Wayne Gretzky landed, ESPN countered with Messier – and now Chelios.

Chelios, 59, won the Cup three times – twice with the Red Wings and once with the Canadiens. Chelios previously worked for ESPN as an analyst for the World Cup of Hockey.

For the next season, ESPN has already signed Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher as game analysts. The duo is expected to be part of the final coverage. ESPN has considered Steve Levy and Sean McDonough for best play-by-play jobs. The network has also hired Kevin Weekes as studio and games analyst and Leah Hextall for play-by-play and other roles.

Meanwhile, Turner has been in talks with Brendan Burke to become his number 2 player, according to sources. Burke was a rising star with his work on the Islanders and NBC. No deal has yet been concluded with Burke.

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