02/06/2014 12:00 PM
Portland, ME – The Portland Pirates announced today that Lewiston native and former Pirates broadcaster Tom Caron will be the 2014 inductee into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame, presented by Unum. Caron will become the 18th member of the Pirates Hall of Fame during the March 29th VIP Cup Series game, presented by VIP Tires & Service, between the Pirates and the Manchester Monarchs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
Started in 1999, the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame, presented by Unum, was created to honor those individuals who had played a significant role in Pirates’ history, both on and off the ice, and who have excelled in their careers in hockey. Since the inaugural class of Andrew Brunette, Byron Dafoe, and Olaf Kolzig were inducted in 1999, 14 other players, owners, and members of the Pirates community have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, with Jeff Nelson becoming the 17th member in 2013.
A graduate of Lewiston High School, Tom Caron served as the Pirates’ first play-by-play announcer for the Calder Cup championship team of 1993-94. Caron was the creator of the Portland Pirates Radio Network in 1993, and was the writer and producer of “No One Left To Beat”, a film recapping the Pirates’ championship season. “No One Left To Beat” has been played in the American Hockey League display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Caron was also the creator of the first Pirates website, portlandpirates.com.
Prior to his time with the Pirates, Caron was a sports anchor at WGME – TV in Portland, where he won his first James Ellery Award for television coverage of the AHL’s Maine Mariners in 1991. After joining NESN in 1995, Caron won a second Ellery Award for AHL television coverage while also serving as co-host of Front Row, a nightly sports magazine program. Caron has served as the lead television play by play voice for 4 AHL All-Star Classics, including both the 2003 and 2010 All-Star Classic events in Portland.
Currently, Caron serves as studio host for NESN's Boston Red Sox programming along-side Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. His duties include hosting the network's pre-game and post-game shows as well as the network’s off-season studio shows including Red Sox Now which airs Wednesday nights. He also serves as NESN's play-by-play announcer for Pawtucket Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs telecasts. In the winter he calls NESN’s Hockey East telecasts and is the network’s voice of the Beanpot.
Caron was named New England’s “Favorite Local TV Sports Personality” in the 2013 New England Sports Survey, a survey of more than 13,000 New Englanders conducted by Channel Media & Market Research. A three-time New England Emmy winner, Caron is involved in numerous charities, serving on the advisory board of Good Sports, a non-profit that provides sporting equipment for inner-city youth programs, and is heavily involved in the work of Mass Mentoring, the Red Sox Foundation, and Mass Hockey. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Mass Outlaws youth hockey organization.
Caron currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife Kelley, and their two sons, Jack and Robbie.
“What a thrill to be inducted into the Pirates Hall of Fame. My time in the Pirates booth and front office were some of the greatest years of my life,” said Caron. “We had a championship team on the ice and an All-Star roster of coaches and executives. Being a part of the rebirth of professional hockey in Maine is always something I'll always be proud of. It's hard to believe we won it all in that first season of Pirates hockey -- and even harder to believe we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of that Calder Cup. Whenever I speak to someone from that championship team -- players, coaches, or fans -- it feels like it was yesterday. It was magic. I can't thank the Pirates enough for this incredible and unexpected honor - and to have it happen in my hometown makes it even more special. I can't wait for March 29th.”
“We’re excited to welcome Tom to the Pirates’ Hall of Fame this season in his hometown of Lewiston,” said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek. “Tom was an integral part in the early years of the Pirates’ franchise and has become one of New England’s most recognized and respected sports broadcasters. We’re looking forward to his induction on March 29th at the Colisee!”
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on March 29th, 2014 during the VIP Cup Series game, presented by VIP Tires & Service, between the Portland Pirates and the Manchester Monarchs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Tickets are still available for the March 29th contest and can be purchased by calling (207) 783-2009 ext. 525, or online at thecolisee.com. The current Pirates Hall of Fame can be viewed online at http://www.portlandpirates.com/team/hof/.
The Pirates get back to action on Friday when they visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drops at 7 PM. and the game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR AM 1240 in the Lewiston/Auburn area and WTME AM 780/1450 in Oxford County. The game can also be heard online at portlandpirates.com by clicking “Listen Live” and can be seen live on AHL Live atahllive.com. The pregame show starts at 6:40 with Jeff Mannix. Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.
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