As a fan, going into overtime gets you pumped up. As a broadcaster, it is the pinnacle of excitement.
“There’s nothing like overtime hockey. That’s why the Stanley Cup and the NHL post-season tournament is unmatched in major professional sports,” said Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels during 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen Show on Friday.
It was the morning after a very late night overtime game where Michaels hollered the word “overtime” out for six seconds.
For many people a moment like that would mean rest for the vocal cords the next day; not for Michaels. “No, no. Luckily I’ve been blessed with fairly resilient (vocal) cords.”
He said it is a challenge to keep cool in overtime when a broadcaster is emotionally invested in a game.
“Absolutely. It’s cold and clammy time when it comes to OT in the playoffs. Your ice starts to bubble over in the blood stream and you just have a hard time not hyperventilating.”
Game 6 in the Oilers first round playoff series is Saturday night in San Jose. Oilers lead the series 3-2. The Face-off Show starts at 6 p.m. on 630 CHED – the puck drops at 8:30 p.m.