Vancouver Canucks radio broadcasts will be in good hands, and great voices, this season. Sportsnet 650, the new radio home of Canucks hockey, has named the duo that will handle the broadcasts for the all-sports radio station. Brendan Batchelor will take on the play-by-play role while former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Corey Hirsch provides colour commentary.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brendan and Corey to the Sportsnet 650 team and we feel Canucks fans will be equally as excited about this pairing,” said Craig MacEwen, Program Director, Sportsnet 650. “Brendan will bring a fresh but knowledgeable voice to the broadcasts while Corey’s veteran experience, both as a player and analyst, will be the perfect complement. These two live and breathe Canucks hockey and that’s exactly what we were looking for in filling these two important roles.”
Born and bred in British Columbia, Batchelor grew up and still lives in Coquitlam. After graduating from the broadcast journalism program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2010, he got his start in radio at Vancouver’s TEAM 1040 as announcer, reporter and producer. Batchelor moved on to be the play-by-play broadcaster for the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2012 and, after one season, was named the play-by-play man for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants in 2013. He added the duties of Director of Media Relations to his role with the Giants in 2014 and has been a fixture with the team for the past four years.
Hirsch was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1991 and traded to Vancouver in the spring of 1995. He played in more than 100 NHL games with the Canucks from 1995-1999. He backstopped Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and was named to the NHL All-Rookie team in 1996. After his playing career was over, Hirsch went on to become a goalie coach in the NHL for six years with Toronto and St. Louis. Most recently, he has been working as an analyst for Sportsnet, making appearances on Hockey Night in Canada as well as providing colour commentary on national and regional NHL games. Personally, Hirsch is a strong advocate for mental health.
Batchelor and Hirsch will call their first games on Sportsnet 650 from September 8-11 with the 2017 Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic in Penticton. All preseason and regular season Vancouver Canucks games will be broadcast live on Sportsnet 650.
The final details regarding Sportsnet 650’s programming lineup will be announced in the coming weeks, ahead of the station hitting the airwaves on September 4.