Recently the Wenatchee Wild organization was made aware that long time public address announcer Ernie Rodriguez would not be returning what would have been his ninth season. As the search for someone to fill his formidable shoes on the mic continues, plans have been made to honor Rodriguez for his service and contributions to Wild Nation.
Saturday, October 1 has been designated as “Thank You, Ernie” Night at the Wild game, when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:05 pm in the Town Toyota Center. As fans enter the building they will be given a commemorative print featuring Ernie, which he will be available to sign after the game on the concourse. But that’s not all the team has in store.
Fulfilling a long time dream, Ernie will be given the honor of dropping the ceremonial first puck. Then, during the first intermission, he will take the mic at center ice and his wish to address Wild Nation directly will be honored.
In the eight seasons that the Wenatchee Wild have been skating in the Town Toyota Center, one of the most prevalent pieces of the game night experience has been “Uncle Ernie” on the mic, lending both his vocal talents and signature “howl” to the ambience in the arena. Rodriguez’ self-imposed departure leaves only Assistant Coach Chris Clark and Equipment Manager Pepe Sandoval remaining from the Wild’s expansion season.
There is another way in which the Wild will honor Ernie throughout the season, which Ernie will reveal to the crowd during his intermission speech.
The Wenatchee Wild organization is excited for the growth and positive changes on the horizon this season. Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com).
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Arch Ecker / Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting / email@example.com