CHOK Radio is thrilled to announce that former Sarnia Sting goaltender Patrick DesRochers will be joining the OHL Major Jr A broadcast team this fall. DesRochers will provide commentary alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Tom Gibson, taking over the chair vacated by Murray Vosbourgh who retired this past season.
A native of Penetang, DesRochers was drafted by the Sarnia Sting in 1995-96 and played for the club from 1995 to 1999, finishing his OHL career with the Kingston Frontenacs. The 6 foot 4 inch net minder played for Canada's under 18 team in 1998, winning a gold medal in the international competition.
A first round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 1998, DesRochers played nine games with the NHL team and two games with the Carolina Hurricanes. DesRochers not only played junior hockey in Sarnia with current Sting Associate Coach Trevor Letowski but also was a teammate of Letowski's in Phoenix. DesRochers' hockey career also included six years in the AHL with Springfield, Lowell and San Antonio and seven years in Europe playing for club teams in Germany, Norway and Austria.
"I'm excited about being back in Sarnia and part of Sting hockey. It will be different calling the game, and not playing. But this is a great way for me to still be part of the action, without getting heckled for letting goals in".
Patrick and his wife Jana have decided to settle in Sarnia with their three boys.
CHOK-103.9FM/1070AM, has been the official radio broadcaster of Sarnia Sting hockey since the team's inaugural season in 1994-95.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)
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