I never really grew up with a hockey background. I never grew up playing the sport and it wasn't until the late 2000's when the Blackhawks turned it around, that I even watched the sport. I happened to start announcing hockey by a "fluke". I went to school in Peoria, IL and worked for the Peoria Rivermen my freshman year in college. My second year, a mass email was sent out with an opportunity to color commentate the Peoria Mustangs (NA3HL) games. I went out on a whim and took the opportunity, and it worked out well. I now announce for the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL.