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Davidson to Host His Own Show: 'JD on Ice'

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Three-time Emmy Award winner John Davidson hosts "JD on Ice" beginning Monday, January 20 at 11:00 PM ET on MSG Network.

The weekly series will feature Davidson's hard-hitting and opinionated take on National Hockey League issues as well as personality features and a panel discussion with NHL personnel and local and national hockey writers. The debut show's featured interview is with Toronto Maple Leaf Mats Sundin at New York City's Ulrika's restaurant. Davidson has been the analyst on New York Rangers telecasts for the past 17 seasons.

"JD's opinions on the state of the National Hockey League are widely recognized as a barometer of the game," Mike McCarthy, executive vice president, MSG Networks. "'JD on Ice' is a terrific forum for sports fans to benefit from his insights as the preeminent hockey analyst in America -- beyond his highly-regarded work on New York Rangers telecasts."

Davidson, who with Sam Rosen is part of the longest-tenured announcing tandem in the National Hockey League, has also served on ABC-TV's national NHL coverage since 1999 as both an in-studio commentator and game analyst. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity for FOX-TV's national NHL package from 1995 to 1999. He has also called the last four Winter Olympic hockey tournaments for CBS-TV. His 11-year NHL goaltending career began as a 1973 first round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues. He spent the last eight years of his career with the Rangers before retiring at the end of the 1982-83 season. His Ranger career was highlighted by a 1979 playoff run where he backstopped the Blueshirts to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.

"JD on Ice" will be produced by MSG Network in conjunction with Silver Seven Productions.
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