On the ice, the breakout star of the 2020 NHL playoffs could be Miro Heiskanen or Shea Theodore or Brayden Point. A case could be made for any or all of them.

But off the ice, there’s been little debate over who has stolen the show.

It’s been Kevin Bieksa, the former Ducks and Canucks defenseman, who has made a splash as a between-periods analyst on the “Hockey Night in Canada” intermission panel.

Bieksa is a rarity – an athlete that’s made a smooth, seamless transition to television. Bieksa’s ability to break down a complex play goes far deeper than many of his contemporaries and peers and his delivery includes a winning mixture of charm and wit.

In fact, because he’s been such an overnight sensation, he’s drawn favorable comparisons to another former athlete who took broadcasting by storm – former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who quickly became his network’s No. 1 NFL color…



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