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Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning fans cheer after they scored against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

50. Brian Engblom Replaces Bobby ‘The Chief’ Taylor As The Team’s Color TV Analyst

Date: August 21, 2015

At one time just like many broadcasters were once back in the day, Brian Engblom was on the ice playing for an NHL team. He endured the ups and downs of the season and knows exactly what it feels like to play 82 games in six months. He knows what it means to win Lord Stanley’s Cup (three times for a matter of fact) and has much knowledge about the game of hockey. Now, Brian Engblom brings that knowledge to the broadcast booth as the new color analyst for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After playing 11 seasons in the NHL, Engblom would see himself working for many major networks around North America. He started with ESPN as an in-studio NHL analyst from 1992-2004 along with Versus. He later took a job with the Columbus Blue Jackets as the team’s color analyst during the 2005-06 season. After that, he moved on to the same position with NBC Sports Network and covered both regular season action and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now at age 60, Engblom is in his first season in broadcast booth along side play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham covering Tampa Bay Lightning telecasts. He is replacing Bobby “The Chief” Taylor who held that position since the beginning of the 1993-94 season. He stepped away from the position because he  wanted to spend more time with his wife Jan. Though he will not be leaving the team entirely and will move to an in-studio role during television broadcasts, his rants about officiating and the way he unintentionally called J.T. Brown “T.J. Brown” will forever be missed.

Brian Engblom was a really nice hire and has done well as the new color analyst for the team on the TV side. This move was hard for Tampa Bay Lightning fans to hear as we all have grown so accustomed to hearing The Chief’s voice during broadcasts, but Engblom has been a great addition and will continue to provide quality insight about the game with all TV viewers.

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