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Hockey Central is a television show on Versus. The program airs after every National Hockey League game the network televises as part of NHL on Versus.



Hockey Central first aired on October 5, 2005. Given the limited time to prepare the studio after OLN won the broadcasting rights of the NHL in the summer of 2005, the first set was extremely spartan. This served as the temporary home to Hockey Central until a permanent set could be built midway through the first season. The show is hosted by Bill Patrick and a rotating panel of analysts as they break down highlights of other games, show special features on NHL players, and debate key issues in the NHL. The format is similar to TNT's Inside the NBA. Sometimes, VERSUS airs a pre-game edition of the show, usually prior to a double-header. The show originally did not air after double-headers, instead it usually took place between games, but starting with the 2007–08 season, aired both in between and after doubleheaders. It is also known as the "Hockey Central Post Game Report" or just "Hockey Central".

The show was sponsored by eSurance during the 2006–07 season, and is now sponsored by Bud Light.

Hockey Central was first broadcast in HD on October 3, 2007.


Hockey Central is recorded live from Versus' Stamford, Connecticut studios. At times, the studio has gone on location for special events. VERSUS' on location studio shows have aired from:





  1. Bill Patrick Lead Host (2007–Present)
  2. Jack Edwards Host (2006–present)


  1. Keith Jones Analyst (2005–present)
  2. Brian Engblom Lead Analyst (2005–present
  3. Darren McCarty Analyst (2009-Present)
  4. Mike Milbury Analyst (2008-Present)
  5. Neil Smith Lead Analyst (2005 – Present)
  6. P.J. Stock Analyst (2005-Present)

Play by Play Announcers

  1. Mike Emrick
  2. Joe Beninati
  3. John Forslund
  4. Dave Strader

Color Analysts

  1. Eddie Olczyk
  2. Darren Eliot
  3. Daryl Reaugh
  4. Joe Micheletti



Breakdown of studio team


Regular season

During the 2005–06 NHL season, former NHL forward Keith Jones and then-former NHL GM Neil Smith were the regular analysts on the show. On Monday nights, they were joined by Pierre McGuire. Sometimes, Smith or McGuire would be on assignment for TSN, and a rotating cast of analysts would replace them, including Brian Engblom, Eddie Olczyk and P.J. Stock.


During the playoffs, they brought in current NHL players Flyers' Mike Knuble, the Islanders' Rick DiPietro, and the Bruins' Tom Fitzgerald. Lastly, hockey great Mark Messier was a guest analyst during the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.


For the 2006–07 season, Jones and Engblom were brought back as regulars, while Clement remained as the primary host. The network also brought back Olczyk, but he was not used as often due to his commitments to the Chicago Blackhawks. Pierre McGuire and Neil Smith did not return to the network.


Clement left the network prior to the 2007–08 season, and former SportsCenter host and USA Network PGA Tour play-by-play man Bill Patrick replaced him. Both Jones and Engblom are returned to the show, which moved to Versus' new in-house, HD studio in Connecticut.

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