A sad day for hockey: Mike Lange comes out of the broadcast booth
Words like “legendary” and “icon” are used a lot these days, but there is no doubt that Mike Lange is truly legendary and iconic in a very real sense of the words. The Penguins game and soundtrack announced his retirement from his play-by-play duties, after calling the Penguins for 46 years.
After a Hall of Fame career and 46 years broadcasting Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Mike Lange will be retiring from play-by-play.
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has just left the building.
– Pittsburgh penguins (@penguins) August 9, 2021
With his creative and fun expressions of purpose, Lange has left an indelible mark in the history of the franchise in Pittsburgh. His voice is synonymous with hockey, and Penguins hockey, even beyond the early days of Mario Lemieux and through modern times to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Lange’s first season with the Pens was in 1974-75, he left for one season in 1975-76, but hasn’t stopped working on television or radio with the hockey team since. Pittsburgh.
If you want to send your own words to Mike, here’s one way the team has opened up.
Certainly, we can all only wish Mike good luck, health and happiness. His voice has provided so much joy and information to Penguin fans over the years and it’s really hard to imagine a future without hearing the voice of the Penguins in a regular setting.
Fortunately, we won’t have to do without Lange entirely, as the press release states that Lange will be staying with the Penguins Radio Network and that “fans will continue to hear Lange’s voice during radio appearances and various Penguins programs “.