ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Jack Michaels, the “Voice of the Aces” for eight seasons, has accepted the radio play-by-play position with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League for the 2010-11 campaign.
Michaels joined the Aces after an ownership change in the summer of 2002, and called 679 games for the club which included the 2006 Kelly Cup Championship versus the Gwinnett Gladiators. He also served in various capacities beyond the broadcast booth including travel, team services, corporate sales, website management, and media relations. Michaels earned the 2003 WCHL Broadcaster of the Year award, the 2004 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year award, and earned five trips to the ECHL All-Star Game during his tenure with the Aces. He also claimed four consecutive “Goaldie” awards for Best Play-By-Play as selected by the Alaska Broadcasters Association.
In addition to Michaels, 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, Tom Grace in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Mike Kelly in Springfield, Jason Lockhart in Syracuse, Eric Lindquist in Worcester, Pete Michaud in Norfolk, Joe O’Donnell in Houston, Bob Rotruck in Adirondack, Jason Shaver in Chicago, Dan Weiss in San Antonio and Grady Whittenburg in Binghamton.