My name is Tim Hogg. I am the Play-By-Play voice of the Summerland Steam, as well as their Director of Broadcasting & Public Relations. The views expressed in this publication are solely mine, and do not reflect those of the Summerland Steam Junior Hockey Club, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey Club, or BC Hockey.
First and foremost, I’m a husband to Emily, and daddy to Hadley (2) and Jackson (1 month). I was born and raised in Penticton, BC, and continue to live, work and raise my family in this beautiful city. It’s where I grew up, and where I learned the game of hockey and I look forward to teaching my kids in the same rinks I grew up playing in.
The hockey fan in me was born early in my 28 years, as my parents were volunteers for the Penticton Panthers of the then BCJHL. I was in rinks at junior hockey games long before I could walk, talk or skate on my own, and I have to think it’s shaped the volunteer I am today.
I came upon the Summerland Steam at the start of the 2013/14 season when my younger brother, Darren, was traded from the Osoyoos Coyotes to the Summerland Steam. I walked into the bare-bones version of what I do now simply by going to the 2013/14 Summerland Steam Home Opener. I was a paying fan expecting to watch a good hockey game and the first of my brother’s final year of Junior Hockey. Not five steps after walking in the door at the Summerland Arena, longtime family friend Mike Rigby (now the Steam’s General Manager) approached me to see if I could help out in the broadcast booth. That night I started with some colour commentary, and I was awful. I was ill-prepared, deathly afraid of a microphone and scared to hear my own voice.
I got 6 games of colour commentary under my belt before receiving a phone call on a Saturday night to tell me that I’d be on my own and calling play-by-play eighteen hours later on Sunday afternoon. I was TERRIFIED, but excited at the same time. The game was Summerland hosting Beaver Valley, and I had a chance to look over the Nitehawks roster 3 times before puck drop. It was scary, but it was a lot of fun.
Ever since, I haven’t been able to put the mic down. After the first period of that first game against Beaver Valley on November 3rd, 2013, I was hooked. I started to get the hang of it, and took the gig over full time at that point.
20 days later, Trolley Talk was born. Trolley Talk was and is my first foray into sports writing, and it continues to grow day by day. It began with a simple format on a google service that no longer exists, and has grown immensely into a widely regarded publication read by people all over the KIJHL and elsewhere.
Six seasons into my tenure as the Play-By-Play Voice of the Summerland Steam (among many, many other things) I feel like we continue to add new things to our broadcast each year as well as improve broadcast and journalistic quality. Working countless KIJHL, BCHL, BC MML, and CSSHL broadcasts per year has allowed me to grow as a broadcaster, and it shows in the product we put forth each and every night.
If there are ever any questions or concerns with anything regarding the broadcast we produce or the articles you see written in this space, I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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