The WBS Penguins have released today that they have named Mike O’Brien Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, many of you know him from the past seasons he has spent with the WBS Penguins and from hearing his voice on the radio Color commenting he will now assume play-by-play duties in Graces spot
The Penguins released this statement today. O’Brien, 35, has served as the team’s Director of Communications and provided color commentary for radio and television broadcasts for the past two seasons. He takes over the team’s radio play-by-play duties from long-time broadcaster Tom Grace, who will be joining the Florida Panthers front office staff later this month.
Prior to joining the Penguins, O’Brien spent the 2010-11 season as a play-by-play announcer for the men’s ice hockey teams at Boston College and St. Lawrence University, as well as the men’s and women’s teams at Neumann University in Aston, Pa.
A native of Gladwyne, PA, O’Brien began his broadcasting career in 2003 with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, where he called the team’s 2005 Kelly Cup Championship run and was also selected as a radio broadcaster for the 2006 Rbk ECHL All-Star Game.
O’Brien moved on to the American Hockey League where he was hired as the Lowell Devils’ Director of Media Relations & Team Services in 2007. The team’s color commentator for the 2008-09 season, he took over play-by-play duties for the 2009-10 campaign and called the Devils’ first-ever appearance in the Calder Cup playoffs.