Penguins Broadcaster Mike Lange Cutting Back This Season
Lange is entering his 43rd season of NHL broadcasting, all but one of which were spent with Pittsburgh
For the first time in decades, a number of upcoming Pittsburgh Penguins games will be played without the voice of Mike Lange.
Lange, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has announced that he will reduce his travel schedule for the 2017-18 season. While he will call every Penguins home game and has committed to taking the microphone for any and all playoff games, Lange will call “approximately 15” of the team’s 41 regular-season road games, the team said in a press release.
Josh Getzoff will provide play-by-play for the road games that Lange does not attend; Phil Bourque will remain on color commentary for every game.
Lange is entering his 43rd season of NHL broadcasting, all but one of which were spent with Pittsburgh. His calls were heard on radio until 1979, then on television broadcasts through 2006; he returned to the radio booth to call games on 105.9-FM that year, and has remained there since.
“I decided that in my 43rd season of NHL broadcasting it was time to really take a look at the road schedule, to start reducing my travel a bit,” Lange said in the team’s release. “The Penguins have been very accommodating, and I really appreciate their willingness to work with me on this.” Lange also praised Getzoff, saying, “we’re all very fortunate to have a talented young broadcaster like Josh Getzoff here to step in and do play-by-play when I’m not in the booth.”
Lange will call the season opener against the St. Louis Blues, set for Oct. 4 at PPG Paints Arena. At Lange’s request, Getzoff will step in to call the season’s second game, at Chicago on Oct. 5.