‘That is Hockey’: ESPN Releases New Creative for the NHL’s Upcoming 2022-23 Season


‘That is Hockey’: ESPN Releases New Creative for the NHL’s Upcoming 2022-23 Season

October 3, 2022

‘That is Hockey’: ESPN Releases New Creative for the NHL’s Upcoming 2022-23 Season

ESPN has released its new creative promoting the National Hockey League’s upcoming 2022-23 season on ESPN and ESPN+. In year two of NHL coverage, the new “That is Hockey” campaign features ESPN NHL analyst and hockey legend Mark Messier as the “voice of hockey,” establishing ESPN and ESPN+ as the “home of hockey.” Leaning into the rising young stars, future hall of famers and overall competitiveness of the game, the spot aims to illustrate that hockey is the best it’s ever been, and The Walt Disney Company’s sports platforms are where to catch the action.

ESPN worked with agency Fallon and director Jeremy Pettit to capture the essence and energy of today’s game. The creative is set to run Monday night during ESPN’s coverage of Monday Night Football and will run across Disney’s owned and other paid linear and digital platforms in the lead up to and throughout the NHL season.

“After an exhilarating first year back in business with the NHL, we are thrilled to continue our work to engage fans, draw them to our coverage and help grow the game of hockey,” said Laura Gentile, Executive Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN. “Collaborating with Mark Messier, truly an icon of the game with a face and voice that ‘is’ hockey, strengthens our message that the game has never been better and continues to evolve to captivate fans old and new.”

Charlie Wolff, Creative Director, Fallon, said, “Hockey is a singular sport. And not just because of the ice or the puck or the nuances of the game – it’s singular in its energy. In the way the game makes you feel. With “That is Hockey,” we sought to make ESPN not just the home of hockey, but the arbiter of all those things that make hockey…hockey.”

‘That is Hockey’ is the second creative campaign that has debuted since The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the National Hockey League announced a historic and innovative seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal, beginning with last year’s 2021-2022 season.

This year’s regular season begins in North America on Tuesday, October 11, in an ESPN doubleheader showcasing a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final with the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Vegas Golden Knights at Crypto.com Arena.


Client: ESPN
EVP, Marketing, ESPN & Networks: Laura Gentile
EVP & GM, ESPN+: Russell Wolff
VP, Marketing: Emeka Ofodile
Director, Marketing: Lucas Ferraro
Associate Director, Marketing: Thierry Lochard
Coordinator, Marketing: Maddy Cooper
Executive Director, ESPN+ Marketing: Chris Blumberg
Senior Manager, ESPN+ Marketing: Simon Barnes
Manager, ESPN+ Marketing: Steven Bonalle
Associate, ESPN+ Marketing: Ayorinde Iranlowo-Ifatunji

Creative Agency: Fallon
Chief Executive Officer: Rocky Novak
Co-Chief Creative Officer: Nikki Baker
Co-Chief Creative Officer: Leslie Shaffer
Chief Marketing Officer: Niki Dobratz
Creative Director: Charlie Wolff
Group Account Director: Marion Roussel
Group Account Director: Molly Kilduff
Account Manager: Victoria Clouse
Art Director: Chris Berry
Copywriter: Matt Hunziker
Head of Production: Erin Simle
Producer: Rob Lee
Group Strategy Director: Chad Koehnen

Production Studio: Porch House
Director: Jeremy Pettit
Executive Producer: Cody Autterson
Executive Producer: Andrew Schneider
Editorial Studio: The Pub
Editor: Carlos Lamas
Executive Producer: Amanda Tibbits


Media Contacts:

Danny Chi, ESPN                      [email protected]

John Manzo, ESPN                   [email protected]

Kevin Ota, ESPN+                     [email protected]

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