In 2012-2013, John Wiedeman enters his seventh season as the radio play-by-play voice of Blackhawks hockey.
Wiedeman had served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Islanders from 2001-2002 to 2005-2006. Prior to joining the Islanders broadcast team, Wiedeman spent four seasons as the radio play-by-play voice and Director of Media Relations for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL. While in Cincinnati, Wiedeman was also a substitute broadcaster for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. In 1996-97, he served as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Philadelphia Flyers, a season in which the Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.
A graduate of the University of Kansas and an avid hockey player, Wiedeman and his wife, Kelly, have two children, a daughter, Reilly, and a son, Sean Patrick.
In 2012-2013, Troy Murray enters his 14th year as a member of the Blackhawks broadcast team and his 10th year as the color analyst for Blackhawk Hockey. He made his debut as the color analyst for Blackhawk Hockey on November 14, 2003, replacing Dale Tallon, who stepped aside to assume the role of assistant general manager before being elevated to general manager.
Murray was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the third round, 51st overall, in the 1980 NHL Draft. In parts of 12 seasons (1981-91, 1992-94) playing for the Blackhawks, he ranks 14th on the team’s all-time assists list (291), 15th all-time in points (488), 18th all-time in goals (197) and 19th all-time in games played (688).
A five-time twenty goal scorer and veteran of 15 NHL seasons, Murray appeared in 915 career NHL games scoring 230 goals and 354 assists for 584 points and 875 penalty minutes while playing for the Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. He also appeared in 113 playoff games recording 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points and 145 penalty minutes. Troy was a member of Colorado’s 1995-1996 Stanley Cup Championship team.
A pillar in the community, Troy, his wife, Konnie, and their three children, Blake, Julia and Phoebe, have maintained a residence in Chicago throughout his entire playing career.
Prior to joining the radio home of the Blackhawks, studio host Judd Sirott, a native of Arlington Heights and graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, called National Hockey League games nationally for HDNet for two years. In his current position, he supplements the live game coverage of John Wiedeman and Troy Murray.
Previously, Sirott was the voice of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves from the team’s inception in 1994 to 2006, which includes serving as the team’s lead announcer for all television broadcasts. With the Wolves, he was on board for the organization’s 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups and 2002 Calder Cups, while also holding the role as director of media relations during his tenure. He also served as a rinkside and feature reporter during their 2007 and 2008 playoff runs.
Sirott began his Chicago radio career as an intern and producer at WGN. He also served as a weekend host, field reporter and executive producer for WSCR 670 “The Score” in Chicago and called five years of CCHA hockey, which includes four years at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, from 1987 to 1991.
Sirott and his wife Sharon reside in Chicago with their two daughters, Beatrice and Anya.
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