Beyond The Benches

Go Beyond The Benches w/ Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly has been broadcasting hockey games for quite a few years now. After spending seven seasons with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, Kelly moved up to the American Hockey League and is in his seventh season with the Springfield Falcons. Kelly got started back in 1993 with the Colonial Hockey League, before making his way through the OHL, ECHL and now the AHL.

Having experience in both television and radio has lead to Kelly becoming a staple for the Falcons.

We got a chance to catch up with Mike, see what he had to say when we talked to him.

MikeKelly2Beyond The Benches: How was it that you got into broadcasting?

Mike Kelly: Went to college in Canada for Radio and Television Broadcasting and was fortunate to turn it into a career.

BB: What type of preparation goes into each game?

MK: It’s a ‘round the clock’ passion updating bios and statistics and notes on players, coaches and teams.

BB: How long have you been calling games for the Springfield Falcons?

MK: This is my 7th season.

BB: Who are some of the players currently with the Falcons that we will see in the NHL soon?

MK: There are lots of candidates in Springfield.  Seven guys have already been called up from Springfield this season including goaltenders Mike McKenna and Jeremy Smith, defenseman Tim Erixon, forwards Michael Chaput, Ryan Craig, Sean Collins and Jack Skille remains with the Blue Jackets.

BB: Do you think it is essential for players to spend time in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL?

MK: It certainly helps.  The AHL is a tremendous league that helps players learn the pro game at a high level and be able to make the jump to the NHL.

BB: Did you ever lace up the skates, yourself?

MK: Yes, I played youth hockey in Canada and that’s where my passion for the game started.

BB: Do you think we will see a time in the near future, where fighting is completely removed from the game?MikeKelly

MK: Yes, fighting has been on the decline for years and eventually there will be a time when it will no longer be accepted in the game.

BB: What’s your favorite sports movie and why?

MK: Miracle.  A real-life story that remains one of the greatest moments in United States and sports history.

BB: How often do you get to sit and just enjoy watching a hockey game?

MK: Quite often with the NHL on National TV regularly in the United States.

BB: What’s some advice that you have for people trying to get into broadcasting?

MK: Preparation is key in a successful broadcast. Have fun!

BB: If you could put together your ideal line of past or present NHL players, who would you choose?

MK: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe.  Tremendous scoring and passing ability with all three players, toughness (Howe) and two centers (Gretzky and Lemieux) just in case one gets tossed from the face-off circle. Lots of options with that line!

Head over to Twitter and give Mike a follow @MikeFalconsAHL!

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