DUBUQUE, IA––After three years behind the microphone, Zack Fisch has signed off as the "Voice of the Dubuque Fighting Saints." The Fighting Saints announced today that Fisch will advance his career to professional hockey and join the South Carolina Stingrays, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Washington Capitals, as the team's Director of Communications and Broadcasting.
"This is a very bittersweet day for me," said Fisch. "These past three years in Dubuque have been an absolute blessing for me both personally and professionally. When I took this job in 2012, I never could have foreseen how much this organization and the city of Dubuque would mean to me. It's been an absolute pleasure to be the 'Voice of the Fighting Saints' and I cannot thank the Fighting Saints organization, Northern Lights Hockey, LLC and the community of Dubuque enough. I met my wife here, I won a championship here and this city and organization will always be special to me. I'll miss so much about Dubuque, but I am beyond excited to advance my career into professional hockey with the South Carolina Stingrays, an organization that like the Fighting Saints, has a proven track record of success on and off the ice."
While with the Fighting Saints, Fisch broadcast Dubuque's Clark Cup Championship win in 2013, a Bronze Medal finish at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia as well as the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He was also twice selected to host the USHL's Draft Show in 2013 and 2014.
In addition to serving as the team’s radio broadcaster since 2012, Fisch also managed the team's media relations campaign, social media accounts and team website. Fisch was a large part of the team's “Live Like a Saint” school program, and also worked with local partners on season and group ticket sales, in addition to corporate partnerships.
Prior to his time in Dubuque, Fisch broadcast men and women's hockey at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, which earned him the distinction of being named a Top 10 College Sportscaster by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America in 2012. Fisch has also worked for the Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL, and the Rochester Honkers and St. Cloud Rox baseball teams in the Northwoods League.
In South Carolina, Fisch succeeds Joseph Zakrzewski as the Stingrays' Director of Communications and Broadcasting after Zakrzewski accepted an identical position with the Ontario Reign, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.
"As proven by this summer, the USHL is a development league for not only players, but staff as well,” said Fisch. “The advancement of talented staff members is a really a testament to the Dubuque organization and the reputation the team has built over the last five years. While myself, and several of our coaches and staff have taken a position outside of Dubuque this summer, we will all be 'Saints For Life' and Dubuque will always hold a special place in our hearts."
The search for the successor to Fisch is well underway and a new broadcaster will be named in the near future.
Season Tickets for the 2015-2016 Fighting Saints season are on sale now. Ticket packages start at just $9/game and include guaranteed seat location to all home games plus great extra benefits. Flexible payment plan options are available. Can’t make all the games? Mini-Plan options start at just six games. Call 563.583.6880 for more information, or visit DubuqueFightingSaints.com.