The Portland Winterhawks are proud to announce that legendary Winterhawks broadcaster Dean “Scooter” Vrooman has rejoined the team as Director of Corporate Partnerships.
Vrooman was the “Voice of the Winterhawks” for 25 seasons from 1982-83 through 2006-07, calling over 2,000 games in that span, including the two Memorial Cup victories in 1983 and 1998. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Vrooman also worked in media relations and sponsorship sales and service during his first tenure with the Hawks, before leaving in 2007 to pursue a career in banking with First Independent Bank in Vancouver, Washington.
“When we had the opportunity to bring Dean back into the Winterhawks’ family on a full-time basis, it was an easy decision,” said Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “His passion for the Winterhawks is second to none, and I know our fans and the sponsors he’ll be working with will be excited to have him back with the organization.”
“This is the perfect time to return,” said Vrooman. “The team has made incredible strides both on and off the ice under the ownership of Bill Gallacher and I’m thrilled to be part of it again.”
In his new role, Vrooman will work with Rich Franklin and Garrett McFall to develop strong corporate partnerships for the organization.
Vrooman’s son Todd is the team’s current play-by-play announcer and broadcast communications manager, and the elder Vrooman will occasionally join the team’s broadcasts with Todd and analyst Andy Kemper.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)