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Oilers Find Rod Phillips’ Replacement

This morning the Oilers announced that Jack Michaels will be the man to replace Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Phillips behind the microphone for Oilers radio broadcasts.

From the Oilers press release:

The Edmonton Oilers today announced that Jack Michaels has been named to the position of radio play by play voice of the Edmonton Oilers.  Michaels will partner with host and color commentator Bob Stauffer in delivering all Oilers games via the Oilers Radio Network and flagship station 630 CHED.

“We welcome Jack to Oil Country,” said Oilers President and CEO Patrick LaForge. “We underwent a comprehensive search to find the right voice with the right credentials and chemistry to launch this new era of Oilers Radio.”

Michaels, a veteran of over 900 hockey broadcasts, joins the Oilers after eight seasons as the radio and television voice of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.  While with the Aces, Michaels was honoured as the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year in 2004 and was selected by the ECHL to broadcast their annual All Star Game on five separate occasions.  Last year’s All Star broadcast was available to over 80 million homes on the NHL Network and Fox Sports West.

You can hear a clip of his Michaels’ play by play here (Credit to CorpseFX with the original link via Lowtide). Listening to that clip I don’t think there is anyone who can say that the guy isn’t passionate.

Play by play isn’t what it once was by any means. Thanks to virtually every game being televised it’s pretty rare for me to listen to a game on the radio unless I’m in the car. Maybe someday I’ll be the guy who listens to the game on radio while I’m at the game but I’m not at that point yet. October 14 is the Oilers first road game of the season; I’ll try and catch that one on the radio to see how Mr. Michaels does. It’ll be strange to hear a voice other than Rod’s coming through the speakers.

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