Greg Millen Becomes Lead Analyst On Regional Broadcasts
/ Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs TV announced Monday that Greg Millen will fill the void as lead game analyst on Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts created by the departure of Harry Neale to Buffalo. Neale, a resident of East Amherst, NY, has chosen to take a similar position with the Buffalo Sabres and step down from his role as analyst on Leafs broadcasts after 21 seasons.
“For more than two decades Harry Neale has teamed with Joe Bowen to form one of the most talented, entertaining and highly-regarded broadcast teams in the National Hockey League,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., which has operated Leafs TV since its inception in 2001. “We are sad that Harry’s unique presence on our broadcasts will not be continuing, but at the same time we’re very happy for him that he has such a great opportunity near his home and won’t be commuting so frequently. Harry’s commitment to the Leafs broadcasts has been remarkable, and he moves on with our deepest appreciation for his dedication and contributions.
“Replacing a legend like Harry Neale is no easy task, but we’re very fortunate to have a talented veteran in Greg Millen who will bring his experience and knowledge to our broadcasts,” Anselmi added. “Greg has been an NHL broadcaster for 14 seasons, and being a member of our Leafs TV broadcast team is already intimately familiar with our hockey club. Together with Joe Bowen, Greg’s talents will ensure that our broadcasts continue to be among the best in professional hockey.”
Millen served on the Ottawa Senators broadcast team for 14 years beginning in 1992 and has been an analyst with Hockey Night in Canada since the 1994-95 season. He’s in his third season with Leafs TV as both analyst and reporter. Millen covered the Olympic Games in 1994, 2002 and 2006. He has worked numerous Stanley Cup playoffs for Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup finals for ESPN International.
Millen has been very active in Ontario hockey circles outside of the broadcast booth. He has managed hockey schools and clinics, written and produced radio and television programs, and is a popular public speaker. He is co-founder of the Peterborough Professional Hockey Alumni Association, a group of former professional hockey players that raises money to benefit children in the Peterborough area. Millen is a resident of Bridgenorth, Ontario.
Neale debuted on Leafs broadcasts in 1986 and has also been a popular analyst with Hockey Night in Canada since 1985. He was part of the CBC broadcast team at the Winter Olympics in 1998 and 2002. Neale is renowned for his insight, sense of humour and ability to utilize his extensive experience as a coach to provide his audience with an entertaining as well as informative view of the game.
The Leafs open the season Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. match-up against the Ottawa Senators at Air Canada Centre. The two teams square off again the following night in Ottawa.