Many NHL fans have been hoping for a return of Gary Thorne. Thorne has been around the block, working for several networks but is best known as the voice of the NHL on ESPN. It appears any chances of him working hockey on a regular basis are still on hold for the time being. Thorne is joining the CBS Sports Network this season to call Army college football games. While that wouldn’t disqualify him from calling some hockey games, it appears that it won’t be likely. Thorne has called the Frozen Four for ESPN the last several years and has also called the World Junior Championships for NHL Network in the United States.
Two other personalities that are familiar to hockey fans will also be a part of CBSSN’s college football coverage. Josh Lewin who formerly called CCHA games for Fox Sports Net and has worked on some Dallas Stars broadcasts will call a couple of Navy football games while longtime ESPNer Dave Ryan will call Mountain West and Conference USA games. While Ryan worked many NHL games on ESPN, he’s perhaps best known as the voice of PBA Bowling on the network and he previously filled in on some NFL broadcasts on CBS. Lewin currently calls radio coverage of the San Diego Chargers. There hasn’t been any announcement on whether any of these announcers may show up on CBS’ extensive coverage of college hockey.