Changes are coming to Vancouver Canucks radio broadcasts. Sportsnet 650 has announced game broadcasts will be called by Brendan Batchelor and Corey Hirsch.
“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. He began his radio career in Vancouver at TEAM 1040 as an announcer, reporter and producer. He moved on to become the play-by-play voice of the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2012 and, after one season, was named the play-by-play announcer for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants in 2013. He added Director of Media Relations duties to his role in 2014 and has been a fixture with the Giants 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 was a member of the Canucks from 1995-1999, and backstopped Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. Following his career, Hirsch became an NHL goalie coach for six years, spending time with Toronto and St. Louis. He’s been working as an analyst for Sportsnet, making appearances on Hockey Night in Canada, and adding commentary to national and regional NHL games.
The new radio duo 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.