Dan Hannigan Will Be Missed On Maine Hockey Broadcasts

This winter, for the first time in more than two decades, there will be a new voice calling University of Maine hockey games on the radio. Dan Hannigan is pursuing a new career and the demands of a long hockey season just don’t fit well for him any longer.

Dan will be missed.

Just like all but one of the people currently holding broadcasting jobs with the Black Bears, Dale Duff gave Dan the opportunity. And while some have forgotten their roots, not Dan.

“Dale certainly rolled the dice on me given no prior hockey play by play… I’m very thankful he did!” Dan told me in an e mail note.

Dan called the 1999 National Championship game and did play by play from a half dozen Frozen Fours.

His skill, knowledge of the game, delivery, intelligence and dry wit made Maine hockey a “must listen” for me and thousands of Black Bear fans over the years. While some announcers like to talk about themselves, or inanely yell a catch phrase, Dan never went down that road. He didn’t need to.

As a guy who replaced Dan once ( I took over the afternoon radio show on WZON in 2004 after Dan moved to southern Maine) I can tell you those are massive shoes to fill.

It seems likely John Shields will get the job and having Larry Mahoney sticking around will help listeners with the transition for sure.

Thanks for the memories Dan. And congrats on a job well done.

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is currently the co-host of the Drive airing from 4-6pm on 92.9FM, The Ticket in Bangor. He is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, he has been a contributor and fill-in host on the Downtown show and for the past two years has been the 5 p.m. host of The DRIVE on 92.9FM in Bangor.