Comets Announcer Burke Headed To The NHL
Utica Comets Brendan Burke is getting the call up to the NHL.
Burke, who has been calling Comets games since they returned to Utica in 2013 will become the new play by play announcer for the New York Islanders on MSG Network.
“It is an incredible honor to be joining MSG Networks and becoming part of the Islanders family,” said Burke. “It’s very humbling to think I am following in the footsteps of two of the all-time greats in Howie Rose and Jiggs McDonald. It has been a lifelong goal to be an NHL broadcaster and to come home to New York City, and to work for one of the NHL’s iconic franchises, is an absolute dream come true.”
He replaces Howie Rose, who had been with the Islanders since 1995, and will team up with Islanders legend Butch Goring in the booth.
“We are excited that Brendan Burke, one of the top young broadcasters in the country, will join us as our new Islanders play-by-play commentator,” said Andrea Greenberg, president and CEO, MSG Networks. “Brendan joins our exceptional production team, including on-air talent Butch Goring, Shannon Hogan, and Stan Fischler at the start of what promises to be another exciting Islanders season.”
Burke, who was also the Comets' pregame, intermission, and post-game interviewer was the 2015 winner of the AHL's James H. Ellery award for 'most outstanding media coverage.'
He appeared in the television coverage for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic, and has worked for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Net covering College Football and Basketball.
This isn't Burke's first NHL experience, as he served as a fill-in play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Blues from 2009-2012.
The 32 year old is a 2006 Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College.
Meanwhile, the Comets search for Burke's replacement is just beginning.