Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pete Weber and Terry Crisp to Return for 2011-2012 Predators Season

Nashville fan favorites, Pete Weber and Terry Crisp have signed contract extensions that will insure their return for their 14th season together in 2011-12. Both Pete and Terry are well liked all around the league and are hot properties for interviews wherever their travels take them.

Weber also is a regular correspondent on NHL Home Ice on Sirus/XM Radio and appears regularly on Hockey This Morning with Mike Ross and other Home Ice shows.

Here is the full press release from the Nashville Predators...

Nashville Predators Announce Contract Extensions For Broadcasters Pete Weber & Terry Crisp

-Popular broadcast duo to return for a 14th season in 2011-12-

The Nashville Predators are proud to announce the return of their popular game announcers, play-by-play man Pete Weber and color analyst Terry Crisp, for the 2011-12 season – what will be their 14th season of calling Preds action.

The popular duo will be seen on FOX Sports Tennessee for 65 broadcasts next year. In addition to game telecasts, Weber and Crisp will continue to co-host Lexus Predators LIVE, an expended postgame-coverage program on FOX Sports Tennessee featuring highlights, analysis and postgame interviews. Weber and Crisp will also call the action for the team’s remaining non-televised games on 102.9 The Buzz, the flagship station of the team’s radio network. The duo was recently honored with a 2010 Midsouth Emmy for their coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Pete and Terry have been here since Day One, longer than anyone aside from some in our hockey operations department, and have been tremendous ambassadors for the Nashville Predators and hockey in general,” Nashville Predators Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Chris Parker said. “They have great chemistry together, are loved by Preds fans and respected around the League. We are fortunate to have people of this quality and talent representing our organization.”

“Pete and Terry each combine a strong work ethic with a passion for the game that comes across in what is both an informative and entertaining broadcast,” Nashville Predators Director of Broadcasting Bob Kohl said. “Their recent Emmy win is a reflection of the pride they share in their on-air product.”

“Voice of the Predators” Pete Weber is in his 13th season as the team’s primary play-by-play announcer. His insight into the team and the game of hockey is a regular feature in local sports talk radio and television, and he also consistently contributes to the Predators’ website and team publications.

Weber spent two seasons (1995-97) as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Sabres, three seasons (1978-81) as the color analyst for the Los Angeles Kings and also served as host of "Hockey Night with the Buffalo Sabres" from 1990-93. Along with his 22 seasons of NHL experience, Weber has served as a play-by-play voice in baseball (Buffalo Bisons, 1983-95), basketball (Seattle SuperSonics, 1981-82) and football (University of Buffalo, 1992). He has called the hockey action for the University of Notre Dame (1974-76) and the University at Buffalo (1976-78) and was part of the Buffalo Bills' broadcast team during their four Super Bowl seasons (1990-93).

Weber was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He was part of a winning Predators’ broadcast effort in winning a regional Emmy in 2003, and won another as co-host of the 2008 Mid-South Regional telecast.

Also in his 13th season with the Predators, Terry Crisp provides the color commentary on the club’s television and radio broadcasts and helps comprise one of the most well-known broadcast duos in the league. He regularly contributes insight to the Predators’ website and local sports talk radio and worked as a studio analyst for Canada's TSN during the 2000, 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Championships. Crisp served as a color analyst for FOX Sports during the 1998-99 season and during the 1998 and 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, and has served in a similar capacity for TSN in past years.

As a player, Crisp posted 201 points (67g-134a) in 536 games during his 11 seasons in the NHL as a player for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. He has won three Stanley Cup Championships, two as a player with the Flyers (1974 and 1975) and one as a coach with Calgary (1989), and he is one of only 14 people to have won the Cup as both player and head coach. The Parry Sound, Ont., native has a unique perspective on expansion teams: he was a player with the inaugural editions of the St. Louis Blues in 1967 and the New York Islanders in 1972.

Crisp was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from the franchise's inception in 1992 through October 1997, coaching 391 games. He held the record for most games coached by an expansion franchise’s first coach until Nashville head coach Barry Trotz broke the mark in 2003. In the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the Lightning defeated the Flames – the team he coached to the Cup in 1989. Crisp also served as the assistant coach of the silver medal-winning Canadian team at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.

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