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Fans of the Detroit Red Wings have certainly been spoiled over the years, having gotten to enjoy an incredible streak of 25 consecutive playoff berths, six Stanley Cup Finals appearances, and four championships. All this taking place while getting to watch some of the greatest players in NHL history hit the ice wearing the Winged Wheel.
And while recent seasons have certainly been of the trying variety as the team is currently undergoing a rebuild, there has been one constant as fans tune in to watch their team. The broadcast duo of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond that have been together since the 1997-98 season have consistently been ranked among the NHL's best at their craft, and it was made official in a recent poll.
The Daniels-Redmond duo was voted Number 1 in the NHL by readers of The Athletic:
Take a look below:
The broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit carries Red Wings games with Ken Daniels handling play-by-play and Mickey Redmond handling most games as the color analyst.
Local ranking: 3 National: 1 Last season: 8
The results: Red Wings fans are hoping the ascent of the broadcast crew is a harbinger of similar success for the team on the ice.
Two seasons ago, Detroit was 23rd in our rankings, jumped to eight last season, and then this season claimed the title of the No. 1 local broadcast. The formula in Detroit works well with Daniels’ direct play-by-play as a natural foil to the storytelling that Redmond weaves into his analysis.
As one Red Wings fan put it, Redmond’s delivery is like, “watching the game with your hockey smart grandfather that you actually like.” Redmond and Daniels also have a natural chemistry that is noticeable in and outside of the market.
“Ken Daniels provides a balanced level of excitement for the Red Wings and their opponents’ accomplishments. While his enjoyment of the success for the team is apparent, he can recognize the performance of the opponent. Mickey Redmond brings his usual humor and old-school mentality with a balance of insight. He’s forgotten more hockey than I’ll ever know while never holding back on a good ribbing.”
One Detroit fan put it best.
“The game is always more enjoyable with Ken and Mick! Can’t imagine how much more fun they will be to watch when the Wings are good again…”
The bottom line: The on-ice product is on the upswing in Detroit, while the broadcast is already ready for the spotlight."
Congrats to the longtime duo on a well-deserved honor!