Sept. 26, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS - FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, today named Doug McLeod television play-by-play announcer for the Golden Gopher Men's Hockey team.
McLeod comes to the Twin Cities with extensive play-by-play experience and a strong connection to the Minnesota hockey community. He served as the television voice of the North Stars for six seasons, calling all six games of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals. In addition, McLeod was the first regular play-by-play announcer for the Gopher hockey team, spending 16 seasons behind the television and radio mic. During his first full season (1978-79) covering the Gophers, the team won the NCAA championship and coach Herb Brooks went on to win the Miracle on Ice Olympic gold medal in Lake Placid. During his career in Minnesota, McLeod also spent fourteen seasons calling the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.
"I'm thrilled and honored to return to the Gophers. This is the premier college hockey program in the country and it has always been my dream to come back to broadcast their games again. All my hockey roots are deeply planted in Minnesota and I'm looking forward to again saying, 'It's hockey night in Minnesota'," said Doug McLeod.
Since 2006, McLeod has worked as a freelance play-by-play announcer, author and news anchor. Prior to that, he served as the radio and television voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes.
He appeared in the movie Mystery Alaska and is the author of The Zero-Turnover Sales Force. Doug and his wife Catherine have one daughter, Caitlin.
McLeod will team with television analysts Kevin Gorg and Casey Hankinson on FOX Sports North for 28 Gopher Hockey telecasts this season.
"Doug has a deep connection and understanding of the Minnesota hockey community," said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports North. "We're confident he'll bring a new level of experience and enthusiasm to our Gopher Hockey telecasts."Flashback: Doug McLeod calls the final regular season game at old Mariucci Arena:
FOX Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information about the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: www.foxsportsnorth.com.
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