Sports fans mostly know Chris Fowler for his college football and tennis work, but the veteran broadcaster had a major role in the NHL world on Wednesday night.
Fowler is hosting coverage of the NHL’s Expansion Draft for the league’s new team, the Seattle Kraken. The veteran ESPN host is part of a broadcasting team that also features longtime host John Buccigross, who will be hosting the entry draft.
Here’s more on the coverage:
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the U.S. and Sportsnet and SN NOW in Canada – live from Seattle, home of the Seattle Kraken, the League’s 32nd team. Hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, the Kraken will reveal the initial roster for their 2021-22 inaugural season. Fowler will be joined by former NHL player Dominic Moore. Kevin Weekes, who has provided commentary and analysis for NHL Network and Hockey Night in Canada, will be reporting from various iconic Seattle locations.
The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft will be broadcast on Friday, July 23, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the U.S. and Sportsnet and SN NOW in Canada, live from the NHL Network studios in Secaucus, N.J.
ESPN’s John Buccigross will host live coverage of Round 1, alongside Sportsnet analysts Elliotte Friedman and Sam Cosentino. Weekes, NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond, and ESPN hockey writer and reporter Emily Kaplan will join the coverage team, providing insight and analysis.
NHL fans have taken to social media to react to Fowler’s performance. Fans are appreciating the various shots he’s taken at teams.
Chris Fowler would be the perfect roast master. He’s savage tonight. Very entertaining
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 22, 2021
I cant wait to hear the Flyers pick for two reasons:
1. I want to hear how Chris Fowler roasts us
2. What the hell are they going to say about Carsen Twarynski
— Johnny (Flyers) Hockey (@FlyersJohnny) July 22, 2021
Chris Fowler commentating something for hockey is fun 🎾 so is him immediately talking some shit about the Sabres
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) July 22, 2021
LMFAO CHRIS FOWLER ROASTING THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ON LIVE TELEVISION
— Itof Meyachev (@AbsCoverage) July 22, 2021
Chris Fowler just roasting the Leafs 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/EeV3iuthXc
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) July 22, 2021
Of course, there have been some hiccups too. Fowler, who doesn’t have much NHL broadcasting experience as of late, referred to the Carolina Hurricanes the Carolina Panthers.
Chris Fowler calling the Carolina Hurricanes the Carolina Panthers. 😬
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) July 22, 2021
Overall, though, fans seem to be enjoying the coverage.
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is currently airing on ESPN2.