Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs broadcaster joining the Wheeling Nailers

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League isn’t just a development league just for players.

Often times, general managers, coaches and referees make the jump to the next level.

However; they’re not the only ones as broadcasters also look to make the climb to the NHL, and that’s certainly the case with Lewiston Maineiacs broadcaster Alex Reed as the team announced he’s accepted the same position with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

“It’s the toughest part about this whole thing is leaving everybody,” said Reed. “I really like it up here (in Maine) and I’ve met so many great people.”

“If there’s a worse part, it’s leaving.”

Wheeling’s previous broadcaster, Bob Rotruck took a similar position with the Adirondack Phantoms of American Hockey League after Maine native Owen Newkirk departed the organization.

Wheeling and Adirondack are both currently owned by Rob and Jim Brooks.

“I forwarded (Wheeling) my materials back in August,” Reed added. “They finally got in touch with me this past week or so. “I kept in touch with them throughout the process.”

The only thing Reed was worried about was the QMJHL season had already started.

“I thought that may play a factor, obviously you don’t want to leave in the middle of the season, but the higher leagues don’t conduct their business on what the junior hockey level does.”

Things came full circle as Reed took the Maineiacs position early into the 2007-2008 season as the previous play-by-play announcer Nikolai Busko took the Director of Broadcasting and Director of Media Relations position with the Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League.

Reed’s color commentator DJ Abisalih will take over play-by-play duties.

“I know (DJ) wanted this for awhile,” Reed added. “He’s really worked hard, he’s gone about it the right way, and got his foot in the door.”

“He just needs to get the experience, and this is a great chance for him.”

Alex’s favorite moments in Lewiston include calling his first game against the Halifax Mooseheads in Halifax, and last season in Quebec when Michael Chaput scored with 25 seconds left.

Reed will call his final two games with the Maineiacs this weekend against the Victoriaville Tigres before heading to Wheeling to call the Nailers’ home opener next Friday night.

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