Chicago Hires Former ECHL Broadcaster Shaver

CHICAGO – The Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League announced that they have hired former ECHL broadcaster Jason Shaver to be their play-by-play announcer.

The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Wolves of the AHL and the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League.

Shaver was vice president of communications and the play-by-play voice of the Texas Wildcatters in each of the team’s first two seasons before moving up to the AHL where he was the director of broadcasting and play-by-play voice for Houston in 2007-08 and the director of broadcasting and corporate sales as well as the play-by-play voice for Iowa from 2005-07.

Shaver began his career in hockey as a member of the Minnesota North Stars game night staff and later became a broadcast assistant for Manitoba of the International Hockey League. The 1995 graduate of Augsburg College got his first full-time job as the director of communications for Waterloo of the United States Hockey League and during the offseason was the radio voice of the Waterloo baseball team. Shaver was selected to do the television broadcast of the 1995 USHL All-Star Game and also did the play-by-play broadcast for the 1996 Junior A National Championship Tournament.

Shaver is a third generation hockey broadcaster. His grandfather, Al Shaver, spent 26 seasons as the radio announcer for the Minnesota North Stars, retiring when the team relocated to Dallas, and in 1993 he was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame. His father, Wally Shaver, is the broadcaster for the University of Minnesota hockey team.