EVANSVILLE, IN— Both positive and promising strides are continuing in the anxiously-awaited unveiling of Evansville and the Tri-State’s newly-minted NA3HL elite junior hockey team for the rapidly-approaching 2015-16 season.
The Evansville Thunderbolts have announced that Terry Ficorelli has been named Vice President of Broadcasting/Media and the "Radio Voice of the 'Bolts."
A familiar name to hockey in both the Tri-State region as well as the overall game and business, FICORELLI tackles his new position with a resume that reflects over 35-years of sterling front office accomplishments and awards and nearly 3,500 hockey game broadcasts (3,498). He most recently served a three-year stint with the CHL/ECHL Evansville IceMen as Vice President Communications/Broadcasting and Radio “Voice” of the club.
Having earned a stellar reputation in the hockey business for his considerable versatility, “FIC,” in his new capacity with the ThunderBolts, will coordinate and direct all of the organization’s media relations and publicity as well as being actively involved in corporate sales and marketing initiatives designed to advance and enhance the exposure, presence, profile, visibility and awareness of the debuting hockey team.
Included as well in FICORELLI’S portfolio is being behind the “mic” as the Team Radio Broadcast Voice for the full ThunderBolts game schedule, beginning September 4th when the ‘Bolts launch their inaugural campaign with the opening game of a two-game series in St. Louis against their new Midwest Division rivals, the Junior Blues.
“THE FIC” actually broached his long and distinguished career while attending college at Michigan State U., where he would commute from East Lansing to Kalamazoo to broadcast all the games for the IHL Kalamazoo Wings. During his 11-year tenure with the Wings, he was at the “mic” describing three consecutive Wings’ Championships.
From Kalamazoo, came a five-year stint in the AHL, beginning with the Adirondack Red Wings, the top affiliate of his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings. In his lone year in Upstate New York, TERRY, again, painted the word pictures of another team title as the Adirondack club captured the coveted Calder Cup.
It was onto Baltimore from there as he called all of the action for the AHL Skipjacks for four years. During his time with the ‘Jacks, “FIC” was a part of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization and later the Washington Capitals.
Following his stint in Baltimore, TERRY moved back closer to his Midwest roots when he touched down in Cincinnati with the Cyclones. In his five years on the Cincinnati sports scene, he earned the prestigious honor of “Best Sports Announcer” in Cincinnati three times. In addition, he became the only non-player in the history of the IHL to win the I. John Snider Award for “Outstanding Community Service.”
Before his arrival here in Evansville, FICORELLI came back home to Michigan where he served for 15-years under the auspices of the Muskegon Fury/Lumberjacks. He became the first-ever two-time winner of both the UHL Broadcaster of the Year and Public Relations Director of the Year Awards. During his time in Muskegon, TERRY attained many of his career milestones as the “Voice of Muskegon Fury/Lumberjacks Hockey;” including his 1000th consecutive Fury broadcast as well as his 2000th and 3,000th consecutive overall career game broadcasts. He called all of the action of an extraordinary Muskegon pro hockey dynasty when it captured an amazing four League Championships in six years!
In all, “FIC” has called all of the hockey play-by-play action for eight championship teams; including three in Kalamazoo; one in Adirondack and the quartet captured in Muskegon.