CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), announced today the departure of Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations Collin Schuck, who accepted a position last week with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he will serve as the Director of Communications & Broadcasting.
“It’s a bittersweet moment after the last three seasons, but I’m excited for my next adventure,” said Schuck. “You’ll always remember your first hockey home, and I’ll never forget Corpus Christi for all the right reasons. This is the next step to take in, hopefully, a very long career in the industry, and while the timing of the opening and move was regretful and quick, the opportunity presented is one I’m really looking forward to.”
Schuck, 26, spent three seasons with the IceRays beginning at the outset of the 2014-15 season, filling the role as the “Voice of the IceRays” while handling graphic design, media relations and social media duties. In his time with the IceRays, the Erial, N.J. native called 190 IceRays regular season and postseason games, including the 2015 South Division Quarterfinal and most recently the historic 2016-17 season and ensuing 2017 Robertson Cup Playoff run. In February 2017, he was named by his peers as a co-broadcaster for the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Plymouth, Mich., calling six games during the two-day event.
Schuck will serve similar duties with the Stars, broadcasting all games on the Stars Broadcast Network and providing media and design duties for the organization. He joins a long list of IceRays broadcasters that have earned a promotion to a higher level of hockey, including Rob Lippolis, who made a similar move to the Omaha Lancers and now serves as the Director of Broadcasting & Media/Community Relations for the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL).
“Broadcasters are no different than players and coaches in that they want to move on to bigger and better things” said IceRays general manager Pat Dunn. “Although the timing wasn’t perfect, we understand Collin’s decision to move on and wish him the best. The IceRays have had a history of moving on broadcasters, and we are happy to see Collin join the list.”
“There is not enough thanks and gratitude that I can present to Pat Dunn for taking a chance on me, Tim Lange for his tremendous support of the organization, Cassidy Lange for opening his home over the last three years and showing his genuine kindness, Rob Lippolis for his help and guidance to a very new media professional, and the IceRays organization for welcoming me with open arms and accepting me into their family,” said Schuck. “The IceRays organization is a stand-up program from top to bottom both on and off the ice, and I can happily back up that testament. There is no doubt that Corpus Christi has the best, most devoted and genuine fans in the NAHL, and I will greatly miss the friends I’ve made inside and out of the organization over the last three seasons.”
A search for a replacement has already been conducted and completed. A formal announcement will be made tomorrow to announce the new “Voice of the IceRays.”
The IceRays begin the NAHL Showcase schedule on Wednesday, Sep. 20 at 2:30 p.m. against the Bismarck Bobcats from Schwan Super Rink 1. Now is the time to secure your season tickets for the 20th Anniversary season! Call the IceRays at 361-814-PUCK to reserve your season plan for the 2017-18 campaign. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), YouTube (IceRays TV), Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays), Vine (@goicerays), and Periscope (@goicerays).
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