Chris Fowler made issues worse for ESPN on Wednesday evening within the community’s first main occasion since turning into an NHL rights holder once more.
He confirmed a scarcity of hockey chops as he hosted the enlargement draft to inventory the league’s thirty second franchise, the Seattle Kraken. If he wasn’t failing geography by calling the Islanders and Devils New York Metropolis groups, he was making a horrible Freudian slip with North Carolina’s NHL franchise.
That is what ESPN deserves getting an non-hockey host in Chris Fowler butchering the NHL crew identify for the crew in Carolina, calling them the Panthers, as an alternative of the Hurricanes!! NHL on ESPN 3.0 off to a tough begin. #NHLExpansionDraft https://t.co/4aBod3PAzK
— NPiRSprtz (@NYCsporty) July 22, 2021
John Buccigross and Linda Cohn would by no means. A minimum of Fowler did not name the Canes the Whalers (though he did slip in a Mighty Geese reference to Anaheim’s crew).
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The Carolina groups concerned within the mixup noticed a social media alternative, and, nicely, they hit the again of the web.
In fact, the NHL’s Panthers needed to wade in, too (they play in South Florida, ESPN).
Fowler’s, um, struggles got here hours after the Kraken’s choices have been leaked on the web. The one suspense within the ESPN2 broadcast was whether or not there can be any facet offers or commerce. FYI, there have been none introduced.
However there nonetheless was some uncertainty as viewers waited to see whether or not Fowler — whose specialties are school soccer and tennis — would get by means of a phase cleanly.