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Wild Nation update on Wild Play by Play broadcaster Arch Ecker

Wild Nation update on Wild Play by Play broadcaster Arch Ecker

Greetings, Wild Nation! This is an update from Arch Ecker:

In case you’ve not heard, I was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident near Ritzville on the way home from a visit with family. I required back surgery to fuse three vertebrae. It turned out there was a fair bit of internal damage as well to go along with six broken ribs, a cracked sternum, and a fractured clavicle. I have been hospitalized since the wreck. And yes, I was wearing my seatbelt.

I’m soon to be transferred to a rehab facility where I can work on regaining the strength, I’ve lost during nine weeks of bed confinement.

The support from the Wild Nation collectively and individually has been tremendously uplifting. From David and Lisa White, Bliss and the coaches to the booster club and casual fans… I’ve been lifted by you and trust me, there are times I’ve really needed it.

It’s frustrating to not be spending my days in preparation for the coming season. Instead, my days are filled with all the usual hospital things. It remains my intention to return to my role calling games, though the time frame is a moving target. I’m at a loss as to trying to project when I will be ready to go.

One blessing has been that while I was on a ventilator for a while, they opted to use a tracheotomy to preserve my vocal cords.

Simple saying” thank you” will never be enough to show my appreciation but for now, to be honest its all I can muster. But I assure you, I do something every day to prove myself worthy of your love and support and to get back on the airwaves calling Wild hockey.

Where I belong.

God bless #wildfamily #wildstrong

The Wenatchee Wild have found a very experienced Radio Play by Play broadcaster in Sean Zears to fill in until Arch Ecker is ready to return.

Sean has been in the broadcasting industry since 1993. The past few years he was the Play-by-Play broadcaster for the now defunct Topeka Pilots of the NAHL. Before that, Sean had filled in for a few games for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the United Hockey League. Mr. Zears’ broadcasting background also includes play by play for softball, baseball, soccer and football. Sean currently residing in Illinois, close to Champaign/Urbana, home to the University of Illinois. Sean will call all the games remotely.

“I am honored and humbled to be filling in for someone who has a ton of respect around the hockey world. I will make sure his seat is warm until Arch is ready to come back”.

“I want to thank Bliss Littler-Wild GM, Head Coach-Chris Clark and the entire Wild staff for allowing me to fill in for an iconic voice that people have come to know. I am hoping that Arch makes a speedy recovery and can be back behind the mic very soon. It will be exciting to be a part of the Wild family”

We are excited to have found someone with Seáns experience to fill in for Arch and look forward to our games being broadcast on KPQ and Hockey TV. It will be a challenge doing the games remotely, but we know that Sean is up for the challenge,