Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

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Announced today that Hershey’s play-by-play voice John Walton has been “called up” by the Washington Capitals to serve as the Caps’ Director of Radio Broadcasting.

When the announcement was made, I saw a flood of kind words to Mr. Walton on the Twitter side. The AHL is truly losing a legendary voice and a man who has helped grow the league to where it is today.

Nice article here from Bears beat writer Tim Leone who, interestingly enough, mentions Wilkes-Barre’s own Scott Stuccio as a possible replacement to the departed Walton. John and Scott are friends. Stuccio previously served as Wilkes-Barre’s play-by-play voice. Scott does a TON of behind the scene work for the Penguins. He’d be the perfect guy for the job, actually, but so would the nearly 100 other applicants eluded to in the Leone article.

Silly season exists for AHL players moving to new teams, teams getting new NHL affiliations and now apparently broadcasters.

I would like to wish John the best. Whomever takes the microphone in Hershey to call Bears games this season will have extremely big shoes to fill.

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