Penguins Name O’Brien Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
Color commentator assumes play-by-play duties from long-time broadcaster Tom Grace
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have named Mike O’Brien Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, it was announced on Thursday.
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.
The 15th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey gets underway this coming October. Season ticket packages and mini-plans are available now by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.