Keith Jones Joins Comcast SportsNet for Flyers Broadcasts
/ Philadelphia Flyers
Comcast SportsNet is pleased to announce that former Flyer and current network hockey analyst Keith Jones has joined the Flyers Broadcast Team. Jones will work in the booth as an analyst alongside play-by-play man Jim Jackson. Steve Coates will expand his role to include live interviews and analysis from rinkside.
"Through hard work and perseverance, Keith has made the sometimes-difficult leap from player to broadcaster look effortless," said Stephanie Smith, Comcast SportsNet Senior Vice President and General Manager. "He brings with him a broad range of experience from a players' perspective, as a Comcast SportsNet analyst and his in-studio work on OLN."
"Keith Jones is one of the biggest rising stars in broadcasting," said Flyers Vice President of Marketing and Communications Shawn Tilger. "We're very fortunate to have Jonesey as a member of our broadcast team. He is a knowledgeable hockey analyst who will bring the excitement of Flyers hockey into the homes of millions of hockey fans throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region and help us grow our fan base."
Jones played for the Flyers from 1998 to 2001, and shortly after retirement joined Comcast SportsNet as a hockey analyst. He began his hockey television career on Flyers Post Game Live as the voice of the player and impressed everyone. His role on the network continued to evolve and he joined fellow analyst Al Morganti for a weekly hockey segment titled Facing Off. The national networks soon took notice of his work on Comcast SportsNet. Last season, he was an in-studio analyst for OLN hockey games. Although Jones' responsibilities will now include game broadcasts, he will still continue to appear on Flyers Post Game Live and Facing Off.
Jim Jackson begins his 11th season calling play-by-play for the Flyers. Steve Coates, who is entering his 24th season with the Flyers, will report rinkside to provide viewers with insight and analysis into the game through interviews and live accounts of the action.
After 12 seasons as a Flyers color analyst, Gary Dornhoefer is retiring from broadcasting to become one of the Flyers' Ambassadors of Hockey. Periodically, Dornhoefer will appear as a studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet.
"Dorny is one of the most recognized Flyers' Alumni in the area and we're very fortunate that he will now become an ambassador of hockey for the Flyers," said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko.
The Flyers broadcast schedule on Comcast SportsNet will be released next week.