Eric during pre-game preparation & sound check prior to an AIHL game at Macquarie Ice Rink, 2018

A chance invitation to a Portland Winterhawks hockey game in early 2014 saw Eric quickly full in love with the game. Finding the Australian league after returning home, Eric found himself becoming the social media person with the Sydney Bears by the end of his first season. In his second season, he started doing colour commentary while doing his social media duties.

 

Moving to play by play commentary duties in mid 2016, Eric has been a play by play commentator for the Australian mens & womens leagues since January 2017. During much of this time, he has also hosted and produced the mostly audio coverage of games. He has commentated solo, with a colour analyst and in a play by play tandem with another commentator along with the colour analyst. 

 

He has also been a good source of information and assistance to teams other than his own. Many of his ideas have been incorporated into other productions, notably the video streams of Newcastle Northstars & Australian womens league streams.

 

Eric has limited experience in video coverage with times as a camera operator, replay operator and on-screen graphics operator. In addition, Eric has appeared in various forms as a guest on other shows and streams.

 

During the 2018 season, Eric was a weekly guest on Hawkesbury Radio’s Sportswatch program to discuss Australian hockey every Saturday morning. 

 

From October 2018, Eric is a part of the expanded coverage of the Australian womens league including play by play commentary and co-hosting the coverage pre/post game and intermissions. Regardless of location, Eric will be commentating on every game.

 

Brief timeline:

  • January 2014 – First hockey game (spectator), Portland Winterhawks v Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
  • March 2014 – First Australian hockey game (spectator), Sydney Ice Dogs v Newcastle Northstars (AIHL pre-season game)
  • April 2014 – First Australian regular season hockey game (spectator), Sydney Bears v Adelaide Adrenaline (AIHL)
  • 2014 – 2015: Writer, Hewitt Sports Network
  • 2014 – 2015: Erk To The Penalty Box podcast
  • August 2014 – August 2016: Social Media Co-ordinator, Sydney Bears (AIHL)
  • 2015 – 2016: Committee Member, Sydney Bears (AIHL)
  • April 2016 – present: Commentator, various AIHL games
  • January 2017 – present: Commentator, various AWIHL games
  • June 2017: First hockey game as a player (Mascot Jets, Beerginners)
  • 2017 – Writer, Grassroots Sports
  • 2018 – Various roles, Newcastle Northstars media team (AIHL)
  • October 2018 – present: Commentator/co-host, AWIHL Live (AWIHL)