|Flashes of Gordon: BGSU grad enjoys hosting 'NHL Live' (10-03-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:34|
Random thoughts while wishing Major League Baseball would go back to one wild-card team and a balanced schedule:
The Bowling Green State University graduate is in his second season of hosting "NHL Live," the NHL Network's pre-game television show.
The show airs Monday through Friday nights from 5-7.
"The show is a lot of fun," Mears said. "It's great to go on the air and talk hockey every day for two hours following the different story lines, who is playing, what types of moves are being made, everything that is happening. It is real exciting. I'm having a blast."
Mears and co-host E.J. Hradek preview every game that is played that night. They also review the NHL news of the day.
"The foundation of the show is the games each night," said Mears, who is in his ninth NHL season. "But we know news is going to happen every day through a signing, a firing, a trade and we'll include that."
Mears takes a 20-minute subway ride each day to the show's studio in the NHL Shop next to league headquarters in mid-town Manhattan. He arrives at 11 a.m. each day
He'll meet with the show's producer to start discussing topics for the show. He'll also check Twitter and other web sites to stay abreast on the news of the day.
"The preparation is magnified because I have to be up on all 30 teams, all of the story lines in the league," Mears said. "If I'm not sharp, it's going to be evident in a two-hour show."
Mears joined the NHL Network in February after serving as a four-year member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network. He also worked for the Penguins' web site where he hosted a daily radio show.
Prior to that, he was the radio play-by-play voice of the NHL's New York Islanders for three seasons.
"When you're doing play-by-play for a team, you're really preparing for the game that day," said Mears, who tries to attend New York Rangers' games at Madison Square Garden as much as possible.
"When you're doing play-by-play for a specific team, you know your team very well, so you're just getting caught up on the opponents and then doing the game. Here, every day is game day and we have 30 teams to prepare for. It's an all-day process."
The 33-year-old also will be the NHL Network's play-by-play voice for the United States' games in the World Junior Championships later this year.
Mears' set a goal of becoming an NHL broadcaster when he was a 10-year-old growing up in suburban Pittsburgh. He idolized Penguins' play-by-play voice Mike Lange, who remains one of the league's top broadcasters today.
Mears was the play-by-play voice for the Falcon hockey team when he was at BGSU. Upon graduation, he was hired as the director of media relations and play-by voice of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League. He was with the Mudbugs for four seasons and was named the league's broadcaster of the year in 2005.
YES, THAT'S HIM: Cleveland Browns' quarterback Brian Hoyer pitched against Perrysburg in 2003 when the Yellow Jackets won a Division I regional baseball championship.
Hoyer attended St. Ignatius, which lost 14-4 to Perrysburg in the regional final.
PREP HOOPS: Four boys and four girls basketball teams from Wood County high schools have changed divisions for the 2014 sectional tournament.
For the boys, Bowling Green moved from Division II to Division I, Eastwood moved from Division II to Division III, Lake moved from Division III to Division II and Northwood moved from Division IV to Division III.
The other six schools remain in the same division - Perrysburg in Division I, Otsego and Rossford in Division II, Elmwood and Lakota in Division III, and North Baltimore in Division IV.
For the girls, BG moved from Division I to Division II, Lake moved from Division III to Division II, Lakota moved from Division III to Division IV, and Rossford moved from Division II to Division III.
The other six schools stay in the same division - Perrysburg in Division I, Eastwood in Division II; Elmwood, Northwood and Otsego in Division III; and NB in Division IV.
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