Meet the voice behind Minnesota State men’s hockey radio broadcasts

BOSTON (KEYC) – In about 24 hours, the Minnesota State Mavericks and Minnesota Gophers will face the NCAA Frozen Four.

KEYC’s Mary Rominger takes us behind the scenes in Boston to see how radio play-by-play reviewer Mike Sullivan is preparing for the moment.

Mike Sullivan, better known as Sully, tells the story of the Minnesota State men’s hockey team unlike anything else. Since the 2000-01 season, Sully’s way of becoming the listener’s eyes and ears has captured Maverick hockey fans worldwide.

“The one thing about hockey, it’s the fastest. You can have a lot of stats and things written down on a piece of paper and pages, and when you found them, the puck has four players up the ice and can be at the back of the net, when you look away, ”Sullivan said.

It takes a special person to master the art of radio play-by-play for any sport, but ice hockey takes the cake.

Mike Sullivan: “I had played college football and I had played baseball and covered a lot of events, but the opportunity came when I got the call from the then general manager of Mankato about” Would you be interested in hockey? “And I hit to and I am very happy that I have been able to have the race I have had, ”Sullivan added.

Sully’s races are up to 832 Minnesota State hockey broadcasts for men.

Mike Sullivan, better known as Sully, tells the story of Minnesota State ...
Mike Sullivan, better known as Sully, tells the story of the Minnesota State men’s hockey team unlike anything else.(KEYC)

Until six years ago, Maverick’s voice had not missed a fight – but when a cyst formed on his vocal cords, Sully was out of the booth for over a month.

Mike Sullivan: “This will be my 409th match since the surgery and I usually write it down on my results schedule before the match starts because I will not forget that it was interrupted and how much it meant to me to be able to come back and pick it up again, “said Sullivan.” That was when, for the first time, I could really empathize with players who were out of line who wanted to be in there because it felt weird to be an outsider looking in. something.”

MSU’s rich history dates back to 1969 and in 1996 the Division I era began.

Mike Sullivan: “The old WCHA, which was a lot like NCHC now, you played every weekend with half of the league was ranked in the top 10 in the country, so you could have a pretty good hockey team and still be beaten around. We had definitely “Some of those things started in the early years,” Sullivan said. “Mike Hasting came, changed the environment. No one kicks Minnesota State around anymore.”

The program is just two victories away from bringing a national title back to Mankato.

If the Mavericks take care of business in Boston, it’s going to be Sully’s call that fans remember.

Mike Sullivan: “Are you talking about one last call? Well, there are certain ways it can go. Now, if MSU has it in the bag with two minutes left, you can really put something further up, and that’s probably it, I ‘ve been thinking.But it dawned on me when I came out here, it could be an overtime game and it could be something happening in the last seconds that changes a longer call, then you might have to jump “But I want to do what I usually do in these situations, no matter what comes up in my head at that point, it’s what comes up,” Sullivan said.

The Minnesota State Mavericks men’s hockey team will take the ice against in-state rival Minnesota for a chance to play in the national championship game against the winner of the Michigan-Denver match. The puck falls between the Mavericks and Gophers at. 19.30 on Thursday 7 April, where the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and KTOE AM 1420.

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