Michael, LeVine Broadcast “Opening Day” For B2 Networks
and B2 Networks announced that John Michael and Bruce LeVine will be the
announcers for the pregame show and the game broadcast for the special “Opening
Day” game featuring the Wheeling Nailers at the Johnstown Chiefs at Cambria
County War Memorial on Oct. 18. The pregame and game are being broadcast live
on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL”.
As a part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, B2 Networks is providing, free
of charge, the 30-minute pregame show that will be available to all hockey fans
around the world while B2 Networks Power Play Season Pass holders from ECHL
teams can watch the “Opening Day” free of charge as well.
Michael is the director of broadcasting and voice of the Lake Erie Monsters,
the American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, while LeVine is
Senior VP of Sports Programming for B2 Networks.
Michael was the radio voice of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL each of the
last two seasons after serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for
Johnstown from 2003-05.
He was chosen as a member of the NHL Radio broadcast of the 2005 ECHL All-Star
Game and was selected as the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year following the 2004-05
LeVine has announced and produced more than 1,000 live events for the NHL,
Arena Football and the ECHL, including the play-by-play for the All-Star Games
in 1996, 1998 and 2001. The voice of both the Louisiana IceGators and the
Arkansas RiverBlades, he has received multiple honors and awards including an
B2 Networks will be providing an enhanced game experience with its mobile
production unit, including the use of multiple cameras and revolutionary
triangulation communication system resulting in a top-quality broadcast for
hockey fans worldwide. The pregame show, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30
p.m. ET, and between period interviews will feature Commissioner Brian McKenna,
league founder Henry Brabham and Commissioner Emeritus Patrick J. Kelly as well
as other league dignitaries.
Fans that purchase a “Power Play Season Pass” from B2 Networks will be able to
watch the game free of charge while others will be able to purchase it for only
The Power Play Season Pass is a new package for the ECHL that will provide fans
with complete coverage of their favorite team on a worldwide basis. B2 Networks
Power Play Season Pass allows subscribers to watch their team, home and away,
live for every regular season contest at a savings of more than 60 percent off
the individual game purchase price. The Power Play Season Pass is available now
for $140 and can be purchased at www.echl.com or www.b2livetv.com.
The game between
Wheeling is a rematch of Game 7 from the
first-ever ECHL Finals. Played on Apr. 12, 1989 in front of a
standing-room-only crowd at Cambria County War Memorial, the Carolina
Thunderbirds defeated the Johnstown Chiefs 7-4 to win the Riley Cup, which was
presented to the ECHL champion from 1989-96. The membership relocated to
prior to the 1992-93 season, and after four seasons as the Thunderbirds became
the Nailers in 1996-97.
B2 Networks has broadcast ECHL games the past four seasons, including the 2007
ECHL All-Star Game as well as every game of the conference finals and the Kelly
Cup Finals each of the past four years. The first hockey game ever broadcast by
B2 Networks was the Las Vegas Wranglers in February 2004 and the first hockey
championship broadcast by B2 Networks was the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.