George Matthews Exits Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Booth
May 30, 2013 at 4:35 AM (PT)
GEORGE MATTHEWS is leaving the radio play-by-play post for the NHL's COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS after 12 seasons, returning for only a limited number of games next year. MATTHEWS, the team's original radio voice, is returning to his PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND home; he will be replaced by his BLUE JACKETS radio broadcast partner, analyst BOB MCELLIGOTT.
“This has been a very difficult decision, but one I have been contemplating for some time and one that is in the best interest of my family and me,” said MATTHEWS. “I want to thank the MCCONNELL family and DOUG MACLEAN for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of calling games in the NHL, as well as all of the players, coaches and staff I have worked with over the years and the great BLUE JACKETS fans who have made this a truly memorable part of my life.”
“GEORGE MATTHEWS is synonymous with the COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS and one of the most popular figures in our team’s history,” said EVP/Business Operations LARRY HOEPFNER. “We have been very lucky to have him and look forward to his continued association with the club for many years to come.”
“GEORGE will always be a BLUE JACKET and we are extremely grateful to him for his passion, commitment and tireless work both in the broadcast booth and in our community over the past 13 years,” said BLUE JACKETS President MIKE PRIEST. “GEORGE’s unbridled enthusiasm for our team and our sport made an indelible mark on everyone he came into contact with during his time here and we wish him all the best as he moves on to the next chapter of his life.”
The BLUE JACKETS are heard on a network headed by RADIOHIO/DISPATCH Sports WBNS-F (SPORTSRADIO 97.1 THE FAN)/COLUMBUS.