UMass Hockey Back on WHMP as Hennessy Returns to Booth
July 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Nelligan Sports Marketing, on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Department of Athletics, and Saga Communications have signed an agreement that allows WHMP to continue as the flagship radio station for UMass hockey in 2013-14. Additionally, former New Jersey Devils broadcaster John Hennessy will return to the radio booth as play-by-play voice of the UMass hockey program.
Heard locally in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, WHMP will carry every regular season and postseason game and coaches show for the Minutemen this season. All games and coaches shows will also be streamed online via www.whmp.com, available internationally. Fans can also listen via mobile device on the TuneIn Radio app.
"UMass Athletics is part of WHMP's DNA," said WHMP General Manager David Musante. "That's why we are so excited to have UMass Hockey with us for another season."
"As we continue to grow the hockey program under coach John Micheletto, we couldn't be happier to once again partner with WHMP," said Tim Kenney, Executive Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. "UMass hockey fans will continue to have a quality outlet to follow the team this season."
Hennessy, who previously called UMass hockey games for three seasons (2009-12), spent six seasons with the NHL's Devils as the play-by-play announcer, most notably calling the franchise's 2003 run to the Stanley Cup. Hennessy will partner with color commentator Brock Hines, who will enter his 21st season as a member of the UMass hockey broadcast team. Adam Frenier will serve as rinkside reporter for select games.
WHMP is Hampshire and Franklin County's heritage news/talk radio station, which broadcasts on three frequencies -- 96.9 FM Williamsburg, 1400 AM Northampton, and 1240 AM Greenfield. All games and coaches shows will also be streamed online via www.whmp.com, available internationally. WHMP was previously the home of UMass hockey from 1994 to 2002.
Along with working with the Devils, where he called the 2003 Stanley Cup championship over Anaheim and the 2001 seven-game Stanley Cup finals loss to Colorado on WABC and WFAN radio, Hennessy spent nine years with the American Hockey League's Albany River Rats. Additionally, he provided play-by-play for televised games of Rensselaer Hockey, served as host of the television show "NHL Fox Face-Off" and spent several years early in his career working with the Northeastern and Providence hockey programs after graduating from Providence College in 1982.
"I'm elated to rejoin the UMass Broadcast Team," said Hennessy. "I'm thankful to the University and to Nelligan Sports Marking for the opportunity to return. The Minutemen have an exciting team and it should prove to be a terrific season".
UMass opens its 2013-14 campaign on the road at Hockey East rival Boston University on Friday, October 11. A full schedule of radio show dates and locations will be released prior to the start of the season.