With the Pittsburgh Penguins quest for a Stanley Cup beginning Wednesday night, the team’s radio broadcast will be without longtime play-by-play voice Mike Lange.
The Penguins hockey announcer of more than four decades was hospitalized for a short time last week after an adverse reaction to medication for pneumonia. Fans, however, won’t be completely without Lange as the broadcaster plans to call-in during the first intermission to speak with in-game host Brian Metzer.
“They’ve encouraged me to rest, but I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth with the ‘ol-29er’ Phil Bourque as soon as possible,” Lange said in a press release.
Lange will be replaced by Josh Getzoff, who will partner with analyst Phil Bourque to start the playoffs. Getzoff serves as the Penguins road radio voice, with the 71-year old Lange calling mostly home games in his 44th season with the team.
Known for “Langeisms” such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw” and “slap me silly Sidney,” Lange has become synonymous with Penguins hockey, calling his first game in 1974. From 1976-2006, Lange never missed a game as the Penguins lead TV and radio announcer.
The NHL Playoffs begin for the Penguins Wednesday night at 7:30pm against the Islanders in New York. The matchup can be heard on the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network, where alternative rock station 105.9 The X serves as their flagship affiliate.