My name is Tim Hogg. I am the Play-By-Play voice of the Summerland Steam, as well as their Director of Media & Marketing. First and foremost, I’m a volunteer and a huge hockey fan. What I do as a broadcaster and writer/blogger is strictly on a volunteer basis, and is done with pride. It comes from a love of the game, and to be honest a need to get all these numbers out of my head.
The hockey fan in me was born early in my 25 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 literally 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 Director of Player Development) approached me to see if I wanted to help out in the broadcast booth. That night I started with some colour commentary, and I was god 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 is and was my first foray into sports writing, and it continues to grow day by day.
From a broadcast standpoint we’ve gone from nothing but play-by-play all the way to interviews, intermission content, and a full pre-game show to accompany everything else that goes on in the game.
From a blog standpoint it’s blown up as well. I’ve moved from a basic “Blogger” formatted google app to the WordPress format you see today. This gives our media team the opportunity to reach a larger audience with more (and better quality) content, and have optimal performance when the site is busy.
I am very happy to be doing what I’m doing, and I hope it shows in my work. Thanks for following along.