The Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts of the elite junior hockey league, the NA3HL, have announced on this date that the organization’s Vice President of Media/Broadcasting, TERRY FICORELLI has been named the new Television/Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations for the INDY FUEL of the ECHL.
In his new position under the INDY FUEL banner, FICORELLI will be at the “mic” for the club’s full 72-game schedule on CBS Sports Radio 1430 WXNT-AM, online via the live stream at cbssports1430.com and simulcast on your smartphone by way of the TuneIn Radio App. In addition, TERRY will be at the play-by-play helm for 23 live Fuel TV games which will be presented in simulcast form with WTHR-TV 13 affiliate COZI-TV providing the Fuel televised games in the greater Indianapolis area. In his new capacity with the INDY FUEL, TERRY will also be responsible for the club’s Media Relations while also contributing to the organization’s Corporate Sales activities.
Jr. Thunderbolts Co-Owner Ryan McCormack of the TPH Group expressed much elation and great pride with “Fic’s” new opportunity. “We as an organization are very proud and extremely happy for ‘Fic’ as he embarks on this exciting new adventure in his extraordinary career of remarkable commitment to our great game and business of hockey. His amazing love, passion, dedication and work ethic have laid the foundation for a bright and promising future of junior hockey in Evansville. Like ‘Fic,’ the Jr. Thunderbolts and TPH are committed to hockey excellence in every phase of the game both on and off the ice. Today’s announcement represents the very essence of our mission.”
A hockey broadcast veteran of over 35-years and 3,550 live play-by-play game broadcasts on radio and television, the man known affectionately in the Evansville community as “The Fic,” arrived on the Tri-State hockey scene with the AA/CHL birth of the IceMen in the summer of 2010. For the past six years, through his exemplary commitment to hockey, the community and its growing legions of fans, “Fic” became known to many as “The Voice of Evansville Hockey.” During the 2015-16 campaign as the radio “voice” of the fledgling Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts, he achieved yet another milestone when he called the radio play-by-play action of his 3,500th game.
FICORELLI is looking forward to his move to Indianapolis while at the same time appreciative of his time here in Evansville and most recently with the Jr. Thunderbolts organization. “I want to especially thank Nathan Bowen, Ryan McCormack, Mark Cody and all of the first class professionals of the ‘Bolts and TPH. They presented me with a wonderful opportunity to play an integral and instrumental role in laying the foundation and developing elite junior hockey, Thunderbolts style, here in the great city of Evansville. My wife, Jhett and I have truly enjoyed being a part of this extraordinary community for the past six years, having made many lasting friendships and developing a kindred spirit with the great hockey fans here. In short, Evansville always will have a special place in our hearts. At the same time, we are excited about our new opportunity in Indianapolis with the Indy Fuel. I am very appreciative and grateful of the confidence which the Fuel organization has shown in offering me this great position. We are eagerly and energetically looking forward to the new and exciting challenges which lie straight ahead.”
“Fic” arrived on the Evansville hockey scene in 2010 following 15-years behind the “mic” for the UHL/IHL Muskegon Fury/Lumberjacks where he called the play-by-play of a Muskegon magnificent run of four League Championships in the span of six seasons. It was in Muskegon where his 2,000th and 3,000th consecutive game broadcasts were honored and celebrated by the West Michigan community.
Attaining many honors and awards throughout his professional career, Terry, while in Muskegon, became the only two-time winner of both the UHL Broadcaster of the Year Award and Media Relations Director of the Year Award.
Under the employ of the ECHL/IHL Cincinnati Cyclones from 1990-95, he was voted “Best Sports Announcer” in Cincinnati three times
The new “voice” of the Fuel also plied his craft in the AHL with the Adirondack Red Wings and Baltimore Skipjacks after launching his hockey broadcast career in the IHL with the Kalamazoo Wings. It was in Kalamazoo where “Fic” was on the headset and behind the “mic” for three consecutive League Championships. In all, Terry has called the play-by-play for eight pro hockey Championships.
TERRY FICORELLI will begin his new position with the INDY FUEL on September 6th.