Brendan Burke named Voice of the Utica Comets

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

The Utica Comets have announced that Brendan Burke has been named the play-by-play broadcaster, and head of public relations, for the team's inaugural season in the American Hockey League.

Details on the team's radio broadcasts and station will be available at a later date.

Burke, a veteran of over 500 hockey broadcasts, joins the Comets after five seasons as the radio voice of the AHL's Peoria Rivermen. He has also filled in as the play-by-play broadcaster for the NHL's St. Louis Blues on KMOX radio.

"We are extremely excited to have Brendan on board as the first voice of the Utica Comets," said Esche His energy and enthusiasm as well as his knowledge and experience in the American Hockey League will be a valuable addition to our staff. He is an NHL-quality broadcaster and will provide our fans with a top-notch listening experience."

Prior to joining the Rivermen, Burke spent two seasons with the Wheeling Nailers. He was honored as the 2008 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year and selected by the ECHL to broadcast the 2008 All-Star Game on XM Radio.

"The opportunity to join the Comets from the beginning is something that I really wanted to be a part of," said Burke. "The fans here in Utica are about to experience some of the best hockey in the world and I can't wait to share it with them."

Burke's career in broadcasting began at Ithaca College where he served as the sports director for both of the campus radio stations. After graduation he worked three seasons broadcasting minor league baseball for the Batavia Muckdogs and the Lakewood BlueClaws while also serving as the voice of the Nailers.

While this is his first time living in the Mohawk Valley, Burke's wife, Mary, was born and raised in Herkimer, NY.

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