Voice of the puck


The Storm are back and we are delighted to announce that joining us behind the microphone will once again be “Voice of the puck”, Jon Hammond.

The popular announcer is a famous part of Storm folklore having taken the hot seat as the club’s match night announcer for the first ever game in the ‘Nynex’ Arena back in 1995.

Jon spent seven years with the club during which he became an iconic figure, notorious for making match night’s fun, entertaining and welcoming. Hammond had the following to say about his return, “Manchester Storm played a significant part of my life twenty years ago and I’m delighted to be able to re-join a brand new team ready for the new season. The passion and the enthusiasm Neil Russell and his colleagues have shown is infectious and promises to deliver exciting ice hockey to both followers who remember Storm, as well as all the brand new fans they are bound to make in the coming months. Despite it being on the ice, it’s guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town! It’s now 2015 and I’m absolutely delighted to be back in the new storm shelter and looking forward to helping create an exciting new experience for fans of all ages to relish”.

General Manager, Neil Russell said, “Jon created a unique and special atmosphere at the old arena and this is something that we aspire to achieve in our new home. We want our match night experience and the atmosphere in the rink to be second to none and we believe Jon Hammond is the man to drive that. Since moving to Manchester and speaking to people about the Storm, one of the first things they recall is Jon and his bright yellow jacket. The warmth and affection people hold for him is obvious and I am excited to have such a passionate and talented individual leading on our match night presentation.”

Whether or not the iconic yellow jacket will make a return on opening night vs. the Nottingham Panthers remains to be seen. One thing though which is for sure is that fans in attendance on the 29th August will be treated to a special evening filled with top-level ice hockey action and off-ice entertainment from our fun filled announcer.

Make sure you don’t miss Jon’s return.
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