Portland Winterhawks play-by-play broadcaster and Media Relations & Broadcast Manager, Todd Vrooman, has stepped down to pursue other career opportunities.
In 2009, Vrooman became the youngest broadcaster in the Western Hockey League when he was named radio analyst at just 20-years old. He would take the reins as the full-time broadcast and media relations coordinator a year later.
“The Portland Winterhawks have been incredibly influential on my life. From when I was a kid running around the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, up to calling a WHL Championship in 2013 and beyond. I’m grateful for the time I’ve spent with the organization, but am looking forward to the next steps in my life. I’m certain we’ll continue to see quality hockey in the Rose City this year and in the years to come. I wish the team nothing but success.”
Vrooman’s father Dean (Scooter) Vrooman called over 2,000 games as the Winterhawks’ radio voice from 1982 to 2007 and currently serves as the team’s Director of Corporate Partnerships.
“The Winterhawks have had a Vrooman in the broadcast booth 31 of the last 33 seasons,” said team President, Doug Piper, “this will be a big change for us and for our fans. The Vroomans are forever a part of the Winterhawks family. We wish Todd the best of luck and look forward to watching his career path in the future.”
The team has already conducted a search for a new broadcaster and is in the final stages of naming a replacement. Andy Kemper will remain on as color analyst for all home broadcasts.