Gary Thorne

Gary Thorne, Play-by-Play


Gary Thorne is one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting having covered Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the Olympics, NCAA basketball and NCAA hockey throughout over 30 years in broadcasting.

Thorne spent seven years at ABC Sports, as a play-by-play commentator for the network’s coverage of the National Hockey League. Since 1992 he has provided commentary for ESPN’s “National Hockey Night” telecasts. In 1998, Thorne worked for CBS as a reporter during the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Thorne’s first appearance on ESPN was in July 1988 for the inaugural Triple-A All-Star Game. He served as the original host and moderator in 1988 for “The Sports Reporters,” the network’s Sunday morning roundtable program.

From 1985-1988, Thorne covered the New York Mets as a radio broadcaster and returned to the Mets television booth in 1994.

In 1989,Thorne served as the voice of the Chicago White Sox on WFLD-TV and was a back up play-by-play announcer (behind Al Michaels) on ABC’s Thursday night MLB telecasts. From 1990 to 1993 he called two primary MLB games per week. Thorne also served as an on-the-field reporter for the World Series and covered the World Series Trophy presentation for ABC.

Thorne has also done play-by-play on SportsChannel America’s National Hockey League telecasts (1988-92) and New Jersey Devils telecasts on SportsChannel New York (1987-92). Prior to that, he was the play-by-play commentator and director of broadcasting for the Maine Guides (1984), a Triple-A ball club which he co-owned from 1984-88. He also covered University of Maine hockey games for WBGW-AM and WABI-TV and radio from 1977-86.

Thorne is a 1970 graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in business. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973 and received a doctorate in law in 1976 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former assistant district attorney in Bangor, Maine, and was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in March 1977.