The Wheeling Nailers announced today that the team’s radio broadcaster, Bob Rotruck, has been named to the same position with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
The Phantoms are the AHL affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers and are owned by Nailers Co-Presidents Rob and Jim Brooks.
Rotruck becomes the third Wheeling hockey broadcaster to advance to the AHL level. Dave Goucher with the Wheeling Thunderbirds in 1993-94 moved up to the Providence Bruins and now calls games for the Boston Bruins. Brendan Burke with the Nailers from 2006-08 is entering his third season as the voice of the Peoria Rivermen. Rotruck was the Voice of the Nailers for two seasons from 2008-2010.
Prior to broadcasting Nailers games, Rotruck has worked with several single-A level baseball teams including the Johnstown Steal, St. Lucie (Fla.) Mets, Vero Beach (Fla.) Dodgers and Elmira Pioneers. He was also the long-time voice of Miami (Ohio) University Hockey beginning when he was a student there. He has called almost 2000 games in the four major sports. This will be his first job at the AAA level.