Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential.
“She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, “and it comes natural to her.”
Listen to her broadcasts and you’ll hear her smoothly weaving in and out of partner Dave Mishkin’s play-by-play with crisp, insightful commentary. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford’s glove hand, she says, is rendering the Lightning’s traffic in front of him ineffective. Brayden Point “mishandled” the puck on a scoring chance. She points out the Lightning’s “failure to clear” has led to grade-A scoring chances by the Blackhawks.
Mishkin says Chelios is always