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Ken Daniels
TV Play-by-Play Announcer

On Sept. 6, 1997, Ken Daniels achieved his lifetime goal becoming the play-by-play voice of a National Hockey League team, hired by the Detroit Red Wings to be the lead announcer on Fox Sports Detroit.

Daniels has been rewarded for his efforts on many occasions. In the spring of 2013, he was named Top Sportscaster in Michigan receiving 57 percent of nearly 5,000 online votes in a Detroit Free Press poll. In 2003, and again in 2010, he was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2006, he won his first Michigan Emmy for excellence in television play-by-play. In 2002, readers of the Free Press named him the best Play-by-Play announcer.

Growing up in Toronto, Daniels knew the sports scene well, and by 1985, he was working simultaneously in radio and television. In 1988, while working at CJCL Radio, he added Toronto Maple Leafs play-by-play to his resume. Two years later, Daniels received his first hosting assignment on ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ on CBC, working the opening game of the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs – complete with a slot on the hot seat sparring with Don Cherry during the Coach’s Corner intermission segment. Daniels moved from host to play-by-play on ‘HNIC’, in 1994.

In addition to his duties with the Red Wings, Daniels can still be heard calling NHL games on occasion for NBC’s family of networks, something he has done since 2011. He still calls college hockey games for Fox Sports Detroit, something he has done throughout his career in Detroit.

Hockey has not been Daniels’ only national forum. Beginning in 1986, he hosted CBC’s ‘Sports Weekend’ and led the network’s coverage of the Indy Car World Series and Formula One Grand Prix, and was the led announcer for the Golf Channel in Canada. He also hosted the network’s baseball coverage during the Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series seasons in 1992 and ’93.

Daniels had the privilege of working two Olympic Games, in 1988 and 1996. His abilities to call a diverse array of sports – which included canoeing, cycling, judo, kayaking and tennis – led to CBC’s award-winning coverage during the Seoul Olympics. Eight years later, Daniels was asked to be CBC’s play-by-play voice during baseball and cycling broadcasts.

Daniels’ Seoul experience landed him in a movie, as he appeared as the Olympic host in the NBC Movie of the Week, ‘On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story’ (1990). His other film and TV credits include ‘The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon’ starring actor Tony Danza (1998), and a reoccurring role as an announcer on the former CBC/CTV series ‘Due South’.

Prior to his TV career, Daniels got his broadcasting start in radio. For eight years he was the voice of morning sports on Canada’s first all-sports radio station – The FAN 590, in Toronto.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80