They amaze us with their rapid-fire recounts, providing illustrative detail of an otherwise empty space. Hockey “play-by-play” and “color” announcers are real-time storytellers that have a lot to contend with in the course of a game. I’ve always been amazed at their ability to track a 1”x3” piece of vulcanized rubber, traveling at high speeds, between players also moving at great speed, all while telling the story of the game. How do they do that? As is the case with most things in life, planning and preparation is key.
The variations in approach in work space configuration are quite intriguing to this hockey nerd. Folders, highlighters, notebooks, post-its, data sheets, laptops, mobile devices, etc. The tools of this trade are wide-ranging.
We’ve collected a number of booth shots that shed a little light into the diverse setups used by various announcers in hockey (and around the world of sports) to give you a small snapshot of this fascinating ecosystem. (All of the images were disseminated by the announcer via their twitter page).
John Walton (10/4/2018)
Joe Beninati (10/04/2018)
The Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin combo platter (10/19/2018)
Around the league
John Forslund, Carolina Hurricanes
Paul Edmonds, Winnipeg Jets (12/9/2018)
Dan Rusanowsky – San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Grady Whittenburg – Michigan State @ Cornell (10/26/2018)
Shaun McMahon – UW Stevens Point (11/16/2018)
Ted Leroux – Minnesota Hockey
Rachel Bishop and Emily Rennie – Western University Mustangs
Jim McCabe – Massachusetts Hockey
Dan Nolan – Monumental Sports
Kenny Albert – NFL
Steve Granado – High School Baseball
AJ Almendinger – IMSA Racing
Arlo White, NBC Soccer (12/26/2018)
As you can see, there are a few common threads, but many different variations. Keep up the great work, ladies and gentlemen!
By Jon Sorensen