Ex-NHL players to interview pro baseball players
at Fenway Park on June 13
during Quinnipiac University’s sports broadcasting workshop
Boston, Mass. – June 8, 2007 - Nine former National Hockey League players, who are aspiring sportscasters, are heading to Fenway Park on Wednesday, June 13 to hone their broadcasting skills.
The ex-professional hockey players are taking part in the third annual Sports Broadcasting Workshop offered by Life After Hockey, a joint program offered by the National Hockey League, the NHL Players’ Association and the Professional Athlete Transition Institute at Quinnipiac University. The Life After Hockey program has been developed to assist both current and former NHL players in the transition to nonathletic careers.
The former NHL players taking part in the Sports Broadcasting Workshop will spend the week attending classes in the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center at Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., where faculty members, including Bill Schweizer, a former CBS Radio sportscaster, Kenn Venit, a nationally known television news consultant, Rich Hanley, director of graduate programs in the School of Communications, and Lisa Burns, a former sports radio reporter, will teach them about sports broadcasting.
During the week, the players are also scheduled to meet ESPN sportscaster John Buccigross and John Shannon, vice president of broadcasting for the National Hockey League.
On June 13, the players will travel to Fenway Park, where they will interview players before the Red Sox play the Colorado Rockies. After the interviews, the players will visit NESN studios to watch the behind the scenes aspects of producing a major league baseball broadcast.
The players taking part in the Sports Broadcasting Workshop are:
· Todd Hlushko, a former member of the Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames.
· Chris Kotsopoulos, a former member of the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
· Bill Lindsay, a former left wing for the Quebec Nordiques and Florida Panthers.
· Craig Norwich, a former member of the NHL teams in Winnipeg, St. Louis and Colorado.
· Kevin Primeau, a former member of the Vancouver Canucks.
· Ric Seiling, a former member of the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings.
· Todd Simpson, a former defenseman for the Calgary Flames.
· Warren Skorodenski, a former member of the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers.
· Dave Tomlinson, a former member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.