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Leah Hextall is a play-by-play commentator for NHL coverage on ESPN. Hextall joined the ESPN broadcast team in 2021, and is the first woman to do play-by-play as part of an NHL national TV package.
Leah was the first woman to call play-by- play for a nationally televised NHL game, Hextall did so as part of Sportsnet’s first all-female broadcast team in March 2020. She had previously made history as the first woman to call an NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship game for ESPN in 2019.
Leah also made history a year prior as the first woman to call play-by-play for the men’s NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament for ESPN.
In a 2018 article in the Globe and Mail, Scott Moore, former president of Sportsnet and NHL properties, declared Leah a “trailblazer.” Mike "Doc" Emrick, Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster for NBC Sports told The Athletic, he believes Leah will be the first woman to do play-by-play for an NHL team.
Over the past 18 years, Leah has been an on-air presence for the largest networks in North America: ESPN, Sportsnet, Hockey Night in Canada and NESN.
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