Hockey has been my major passion for as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to Sam Rosen and John Davidson depict Rangers games–and every now and then the Devils games called by Doc Emrick. They fascinated me. It was addicting. The anticipation, the breathless buildup of action. It was incredible. Practicing and practicing, I found myself on the bench broadcasting action to friends and teammates. But, I never knew how to pursue my newfound passion.
In 2002, I was offered a job working game nights in Merchandise with the Binghamton Senators. Soon after, I was promoted to Assistant Merchandise Manager, where I acquired several different skills within the professional hockey world. I spent the next 9 years learning about different franchises, from the Binghamton Senators to the Florida Everblades to the Milwaukee Admirals, before taking a step back to finish my degree. I went back to school and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Media and Marketing and a Master's Degree in Sports Management to ensure my credibility.
During my college career, I was honored to intern alongside play-by-play broadcaster Grady Whittenburg, handling road intermission reports. In addition, I was calling games for SUNY Broome Community College. Broome's athletic director was impressed with my work and offered me a position as the voice of the NJCAA tournament. The NJCAA was so pleased they offered me the chance to broadcast two Men's Lacrosse Championship tournaments in 2016 and 2017 as well as the final three NJCAA National Hockey Championships.
The next year, Binghamton University granted me the opportunity to broadcast for their Men's Hockey team. I also provided some color commentary for the CWHL's Boston Blades, as well as an internship with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where I learned from Nick Hart and Mike O'Brien.
After completing my Master's, I found myself in Elmira, NY as the full-time broadcaster for the Elmira Enforcers. The franchise was owned by a former NHL drafted player, Robbie Nichols. I was lucky to be involved in their growth. During my time there I built community rapport, established relationships, created team hype, and much more. The chance I was given in Elmira was inspirational. To impact the community and bring back hockey was incredible.
Looking for my next challenge I had the chance to bring SPHL hockey to the people of Danville, IL, once again being a part of opening up a new franchise and helping to create a first impression. The organization was able to quickly fill seats night after night. I came into an organization less than two weeks before their first game with just 90 tickets sold and jumped in with both feet learning a roster, selling sponsorships and groups. We found ways in fourteen days to accomplish what we previously had months to do. It was an exciting and challenging task, but finding ways to get it done was incredibly rewarding. I then went to Baton Rouge, LA where I helped to promote 3 neutral site games in hopes of putting a team here. This was very successful as I helped facilitate ticket sales over 20,800 over the course of the three games. A former coach then reached out to ask me to help complete the season in Macon with the Mayhem where I called my 300th game.
In addition to broadcasting 301 games, I've been reliable and had great success in many areas of front office work. I've sold over $450,000 in corporate sponsorships, not including group sales. I've also helped take a previously unknown franchise to over 10,000 Facebook followers and over a million social media impressions.