Time to say goodbye to another Alaska Aces broadcaster -- Josh Bogorad is headed to the NHL.
The club today announced that Bogorad is leaving the organization to take a job covering the Dallas Stars. He'll be the club's pregame, postgame and intermission host on radio broadcasts.
And thus does Bogorad, 33, become the second straight Aces broadcaster to make a big jump from the ECHL to the NHL, skipping past the AHL altogether. Bogorad in 2010 replaced Jack Michaels, who became the radio voice of the Edmonton Oilers, a sweet gig Jack still has.
Bogorad was the ECHL's Broadcaster of the Year in 2011, when the Aces won the Kelly Cup in his first season with Alaska.
Of course, he's more than just a radio/TV guy and vice president of operations. He's been in charge of media relations (that includes dealing with an old, and occasionally cranky, print reporter), and done the million things folks in his position in the ECHL do: Namely, everything. Took care of travel, transportation, per diem, press releases; constantly updated Facebook and Twitter; made sure visiting broadcasters and teams were taken care of; sold ads; was approachable for fans; the list is seemingly endless.
We'll miss Josh -- terrific broadcaster, hard-working, and smart and funny, a righteous dude. But you don't pass up a gig like his new one.
The move puts he and his family -- wife Andi and son Mason -- closer to their families, and continues his professional ascent. He came to the Aces from the Central Hockey League, where he pretty much owned that circuit's Broadcaster of the Year award. So, pretty good career path going, we'd say.
The Aces have a strong track record of promotion. Besides Michaels, consider the three head coaches before current bench boss Rob Murray. Davis Payne, who guided the Aces to their first Kelly Cup in 2006, went to the AHL and then NHL, was a head coach in the latter and is now an assistant for the LA Kings. Keith McCambridge left for an AHL assistant job and is now an AHL head coach with the St. John's IceCaps. And Brent Thompson left for an AHL head coaching job and is now an assistant coach with the NY Islanders.
Anyhow, good for Josh. The job he's leaving will be coveted. The Aces will likely have plenty of options.
Look for more on this story in Wednesday's dead-trees edition of the ADN.