Trenton Broadcaster Roper Among Three To Call All-Star Game

(PR) The ECHL announced that the announcers for the audio broadcast of the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Guardian Wear™ will be Josh Heller of the South Carolina Stingrays, Paul Roper of the Trenton Devils and Mark Thompson of the host Reading Royals.

The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.

Offered free of charge by the league to all ECHL teams the audio broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m. ET followed by the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. ET.

The audio broadcast is produced by Doug Lane of NHL Radio and will be aired live on KGEO-AM 1230 in Bakersfield, Calif.; WRAW-AM 1340 in Reading, Pa.; KKAT AM 860 in Salt Lake City; 1420 KSTN-AM in Stockton, Calif.; and WKWK 97.3 FM in Wheeling, W.Va.

B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL” is also making the broadcast available online through the ECHL web site at ECHL.com.

Heller is in his second season as the “Voice of the Stingrays” and is also responsible for the team’s media relations as well as working as a ticket sales executive. He joined the Stingrays after working in minor league baseball as the assistant director of broadcasting for Pensacola. Heller was the sports director at WRBB Radio in Boston from 2004-07 where his duties included broadcasting the Northeastern University men’s hockey games. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northeastern University.

Roper is in his first season as the “Voice of the T-Devils” after working as a broadcast and media relations intern for the team in 2007-08, including providing color commentary during the team’s home broadcasts. He has worked as a broadcaster in both minor league and college baseball, being selected to work the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game, as well as doing the play-by-play for men’s and women’s basketball at Seton Hall University and for high school hockey and football in New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Seton Hall University.

Thompson is in his fourth year as the “Voice of the Royals” and his 12th season as a professional hockey broadcaster. He has worked in the ECHL for Toledo, in the United Hockey League for Winston-Salem and Saginaw and in the Western Professional Hockey League for Arkansas. Before beginning his broadcasting career, he worked as a trial lawyer in Memphis, Tenn. and as a teacher in Los Angeles.

There have been four coaches and 46 players from the All-Star Game who have advanced to the National Hockey League. Twenty-nine players from the All-Star Game have gone on to play in the NHL since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

The Stanley Cup and the Patrick J. Kelly Cup will both be on display throughout the event, marking the ninth time in the last 10 years that the NHL championship trophy and the ECHL championship trophy have been displayed together at the All-Star Game.

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One Response to “Trenton Broadcaster Roper Among Three To Call All-Star Game”

  1. Bertoli19 Says:

    Well deserved. He’s improved as the season has gone on. The best since Zydlo. Doesn’t this usually go to established broadcasters?

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