SportsJam with Doug Doyle (2013): Update on Hall of Fame Broadcaster Mike Lange

Jan 21, 2021

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame radio play-by-play announcer Mike Lange is taking a cautious approach to returning to the broadcast booth for the new NHL season.  It will be Lange's 46th season.

The Penguins announced earlier this month the 72-year old Lange will sit out the beginning of the 2021 season as a precatuion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I've decided to opt out of the start of the season after huddling with doctors about the course of COVID-19," Lange said in a statement.  "They suggested it probably is best to receive the vaccinations before going back in the booth."

It was in 2013 during the NHL lockout that Lange sat down with SportsJam host Doug Doyle to tlak about his amazing career and his love of music.

Doyle admits Lange was one of his idols and it was listening to Lange's thrilling play-by-play calls that got him interested in sports broadcasting at an early age.

In 2001, Lange received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstandign work as an NHL broadcaster.

Mike Lange is best known for his signature goal calls that turned him into a Pittsburgh and NHL legend.

Lange has been behind the microphone for all five of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup seasons.  Those runs included describing the actions of some of the greatest players of all-time like Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Coffey, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fluery.

Lange, known for his signature goal calls, plans to make appearances during intermissions and other team programming in the early part of the new season.  

During the 2013 edition, Lange also admitted he loves the Blues.   

Click above to hear the entire conversation with legendary announcer Mike Lange.