TSN 1040 (formerly Team 1040) has hired Jon Abbott to broadcast the majority of Canucks games on radio this season.
With the departure of former Canucks announcer Rick Ball to Calgary, TSN 1040 has a huge void to fill.
This tweet tells us how they plan to replace the Baller:
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) September 9, 2014
So who is Jon Abbott?
The 29-year-old Abbott was one of the voices for the Toronto Maple Leafs, calling mid-week games, and working for Leafs TV. Prior to that, called games for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
This year, he’ll be doing all the games on radio when John Shorthouse is busy doing the television broadcast.
You can read his tweets and add him to Twitter @hockeyabbs:
Thanks all for the kind words! I can’t wait to work with the TSN 1040 crew and John Shorthouse/Dave Tomlinson on the #Canucks broadcast team
— Jon Abbott (@HockeyAbbs) September 9, 2014
For a preview, watch this broadcast of a Marlies game. Do realize it’s from two years ago and he has probably improved since then.
Here’s a rundown of goal calls in his first 100 games called:
And here he is again, a little more polished with Leafs TV:
Feature Image: Twitter.com/HockeyAbbs