Hello South Carolina Stingrays fans! My name is Zack Fisch and I am THRILLED to be the new “Voice of the Stingrays” and get a chance to be a member of an amazing organization. I wanted to take the time to make a blog post to introduce myself and share some news about this upcoming year.
First and foremost, I have to thank the one and only Joseph Zakrzewski for all of his help. “Joey Z” has been a great asset in getting me started during this transition. His move to the AHL was well deserved. I know he was loved in South Carolina, and I’ll do my best to fill his large shoes. No two broadcasters are alike, so I’ll be the first one to tell you I’m not Joey Z, but I will bring my own style and passion to the broadcast and that I cannot wait to call my first game on October 17. Most of all, Coach Carbery will need to find a new emergency goalie. I did play goalie growing up, but I haven’t strapped on the pads in years!
A brief background about me: I grew up in Kansas City and fell in love with hockey. I played growing up and followed the St. Louis Blues who were on TV there. I realized I wanted to be a hockey broadcaster at a young age and enrolled in a high school broadcasting program.
From there I went to St. Cloud State for college and broadcast Division-1 NCAA Hockey for the Huskies from 2008-2012 for KVSC Radio and Husky Productions TV. My experience landed me some awards and a gig out of school with the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the Dubuque (IA) Fighting Saints. I was the team’s Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for three seasons. I got to call an OT championship winning goal and a tournament in Russia, as well as become a well-rounded business professional. Dubuque gave me more than I could have ever imagined and will always have a special place in my heart, but this summer, I decided I wanted to advance my career in pro hockey.
Enter the South Carolina Stingrays. I could not have landed in a better spot than here in North Charleston. The Stingrays have a history of success on and off the ice and an amazing ownership group and staff. I have heard nothing but amazing things about the organization and the passion from the fans, both old and new, is apparent. The Charleston area is beautiful and while I have done a little sightseeing, I know I have just scratched the surface the attractions of the Lowcountry.
I look forward to meeting many of our fans and readers in the near future. I got a chance to visit the North Charleston Coliseum earlier this week, and I cannot wait to have it packed full of fans.
All of that said, here is some Stingrays news:
-Today we honor Mark Bavis, a former Stingray who passed away in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. Mark played in South Carolina from 1994-1996 after a strong NCAA career at Boston University. He was a scout for the Los Angeles Kings and was aboard United Airlines flight 175. More information about Mark Bavis and the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation may be found here: http://www.markbavisleadershipfoundation.org.
-The Stingrays made a pair of signings yesterday including forward Derek DeBlois. He is currently in Estero, Fla. (home of the ECHL’s Everblades) for the Washington Capitals Rookie Tournament which takes place Sept. 12-15.
-The other signing the Stingrays made was goalie Mark Dekanich. The veteran goalie has seven years of pro experience including a stint in the NHL with Nashville in 2010. According to this article in the Post & Courier, the Capitals organization wanted to bring in Dekanich as a mentor to 19-year-old goalie Vitek Vanecek, a 2014 2nd Round pick of the Capitals who will likely play in South Carolina this year.
-We’ll have more information on Promotional Nights soon, but I think we have some really great events in store. Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone for reading and again, I’m thrilled to be here. I will try to post weekly on this blog and provide inside insight from the Stingrays. I only have one question for you fans…Is It October Yet?!?!