You may know that in addition to “Hockey Blogger,” my resume includes “Voiceover Talent“. As in many industries, the VO world is a relatively small one where you end up meeting people from around the country and the world. Ralph Hass is one of my VO friends who certainly “Has the Voice” for a particular brand of voiceover — Sports Imaging. Though he hails from the Great White North in Kelowna, BC, he is the imaging voice for the Buffalo Sabres on MSG-TV.
I got an email from Ralph yesterday leading up to the Capitals/Sabres game in which he said, “My opener on MSG-TV tonight calls Ovechkin ‘everyone’s favorite man in red’. ” (The opener is the intro voiceover/video pimping the broadcast and the game matchup. Locally on Comcast SportsNet, Joe Beninati handles the duties rather than hiring outside talent.) Though he didn’t have a link to a video clip, he sent me the basic script:
The Christmas presents are opened…
And the Sabres have barely had time to clean up the wrapping paper.
This morning…they’re off on their “sleigh” to the Nations Capital…as the long grind of the NHL season continues.
Tonight…Washington…and everyone’s favorite man in red.
No…not him. (shot of Santa).
HIM. (shot of Ovechkin).
Alex and Company play host to the Sabres…NEXT on MSG!
Here’s more on Ralph in a spotlight from a year ago talking about a gig I would love to land.
Shameless plug portion of the post: Here are some spots I’ve voiced for those who are curious.