No Holden Back Episode #4: Rochester Americans Legend Don Stevens
Welcome to the No Holden Back Podcast, where we interview the big names across the North American hockey landscape!
In our fourth episode, host Ben Holden chats with the legendary voice of the Rochester Americans, Don Stevens.
The two discuss:
– What Don has been doing since the COVID-19 stoppage
– Joys and pitfalls of 50 years behind the mic
– His childhood and college years, plus what led him into broadcasting
– The early years of his career
– His many jobs and how it set him up for success
– Getting a call from legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn and turning down the NHL
– How he ended up in Rochester and his first years with the team
– Working with Stanley Cup-winning head coach John Tortorella
– The time “Torts” tried to open a locked door
– Which coach was the biggest influence on him?
– What makes Rochester a good hockey city?
– Reliving the rivalry with the Hershey Bears
– Some of Don’s favorite arenas to call a game in
– Two minutes in The Sin Bin with Don Stevens
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