Craig Elsten grew up in Long Beach, where his loyalties were with the Los Angeles Kings.
Elsten was named Monday as the play-by-play voice of the San Diego Gulls, who are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks.
“Now I’m supposed to forswear the Kings forever,” Elsten said. “I will put away my Stanley Cup champions T-shirt.
“This is a new beginning for the San Diego Gulls. And it’s a beginning at a level that’s higher than ever before. I really feel like I’m taking off with our fan base simultaneously on a really fun voyage of who are these guys, what’s this level of play going to be like, who are our rivals going to be?”
In addition to broadcasting all home and road games for the Gulls’ inaugural season in the American Hockey League, Elsten will host weekly podcasts and video features and have responsibilities with the team’s communications department. Gulls games will be broadcast on the Mighty 1090-AM and ESPN 1700-AM, which will handle the team’s 68-game regular season schedule as well as any postseason contests.
Elsten has lived in San Diego for 25 years, ever since coming down to attend UC San Diego. His broadcast experience includes high school and colleges sports in San Diego as well as pre- and post-game work with the Mighty 1090’s Padres coverage. Elsten has been the voice of the San Diego Sockers for the past six years, a position he left to accept the Gulls assignment.
“I look at it as the perfect opportunity at the perfect time,” Elsten said. “The thing I love doing the most, and I learned this over six years with the Sockers and calling SDSU sports, is working for a team, being around a team and being the announcer for a team. It’s great to announce a random high school game or go here, there and everywhere (to broadcast an event). But it’s really exciting to be locked in with one organization and work with them, share in the wins and losses, share in trying to fill the seats and build the brand.
“To see the Gulls come in and what this opportunity is for the city, for this team and the sport in this market and to be able to jump in on the ground floor, it’s perfect.”
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