John Hamel has been the “Voice of the Kelly Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones” on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL,” and on 97.7 & 99.5 MAX-FM as well as 1530 Homer The Sports Animal since the team returned to the ice in 2006-07
The Jackson, Mich. native is also the director of public relations and broadcasting and was named the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year for the American Conference in 2007-08. He was the assistant director of media relations for the team from 1996-2000 and helped the Cyclones win the International Hockey League Public Relations Staff of the Year award three consecutive years from 1997-2000.
The 43 year old, who was responsible for the management and ice programming at SportsPlus, the former Cyclones practice facility from 2000-06, has worked in media relations for Eastern Michigan University, the University of Cincinnati and a Chicago-based firm working with NASCAR.
Former ECHL broadcasters working in the National Hockey League include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rob Simpson, who is a producer/host for The NHL Network.
Former ECHL broadcasters working in the American Hockey League include Brendan Burke in Peoria, Josh Fisher in Texas, Mike Kelly in Springfield, Eric Lindquist in Worcester, Pete Michaud in Norfolk, Mike O’Brien in Lowell, Joe O’Donnell in Houston, Jason Shaver in Chicago, Dan Weiss in San Antonio and Grady Whittenburg in Binghamton.