– Barry Melrose is ending his time at ESPN due to a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis
– Melrose has been with ESPN since 1994 and is known for his NHL coverage
– ESPN has described Melrose as “one of a kind” and “irreplaceable”
Barry Melrose, an ESPN analyst, is parting ways with the company after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Melrose has been a prominent figure in hockey and sports broadcasting and has been with ESPN since 1994.
Throughout his time at ESPN, Melrose has made a name for himself as a top-notch NHL analyst. He has also coached the Los Angeles Kings and was a Dragon on CBC‘s reality show, “Dragons’ Den.” Following the news of his diagnosis, the 65-year-old released a statement that read:
“During my time at ESPN, I had the privilege of working with some of the best people in the business, and I loved every minute of it. While life threw me a hard curveball in the form of my Parkinson’s diagnosis, I am confident that I’ll be able to confront this challenge, just as I have with every other challenge throughout my life.”
Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President of Event & Studio Production and Executive Editor at ESPN, has expressed appreciation for Melrose’s contributions and said, “For nearly 30 years, Barry Melrose has been ESPN’s foremost NHL analyst. His passion and enthusiasm for the game of hockey make him one of a kind. He’s been irreplaceable on our NHL broadcasts.”
Melrose’s departure from ESPN will be remembered as the end of an era after decades of sharing his love and understanding of hockey with ESPN’s audience. His passionate, knowledgeable contributions will surely be missed by viewers and colleagues alike.