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Coyotes Sign Broadcast Team to Multi-Year Contracts

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes / Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
GLENDALE, AR1ZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the team has signed TV Play-by-Play Announcer Matt McConnell, TV Analyst Tyson Nash, Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Heethuis and Announcer/Ambassador Paul Bissonnette to multi-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to bring Matty, Nasher, Heeter and Biz back," said Coyotes' President & CEO Ahron Cohen. "We're fortunate to have one the best broadcast teams in the entire NHL. They all do an excellent job, have a great rapport with our players and coaches, have great chemistry in the booth, and are loved by our fans. We're looking forward to our broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona and 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station this season."

McConnell will enter his eighth season with the Coyotes as the team's TV play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Arizona. Prior to joining the Coyotes' broadcast team, McConnell was the TV voice of the Atlanta Thrashers (2009-2011). McConnell's accolades in the broadcasting industry include being named the 2013 Arizona Sports Broadcaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; a pair of regional sports Emmys involving his work on the Atlanta Thrashers telecasts in 2002 and 2003; his nomination for a regional sports Emmy in 2010; and his nomination for 1994 Broadcaster of the Year by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association while working with the Anaheim Ducks (1993-96). McConnell previously worked as a radio broadcaster for the Minnesota Wild (2003-05) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1996-99).

Nash enters his 10th season with the Coyotes as the team's TV color analyst. A former Coyotes player, Nash will once again team up this season with play-by-play announcer Matt McConnell in the television booth on FOX Sports Arizona. In addition to his responsibilities with the Coyotes, Nash is a regular guest on the NHL Network during the NHL regular season and playoffs. In the past, Nash worked with FOX Sports 1 as a panelist for its coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has also served as the color analyst on Pac-12 Network for select Arizona State hockey games.

Heethuis returns for his 21st season as a member of the Coyotes' radio team and his 14th season as radio play-by-play announcer on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station. Prior to becoming the Coyotes radio voice, "Heeter" served seven seasons as the studio host for all Coyotes' radio broadcasts as well as the "Coyotes Wrap-Up Show" - a post-game call-in show with interviews, highlights and analysis.

Bissonnette enters his second season with the Coyotes as the team's radio color analyst on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station. A former Coyotes player, Bissonnette will once again team up with veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Heethuis in the radio booth. In addition, Bissonnette will continue to produce original digital media content for the Coyotes website and social media platforms by hosting player videos throughout the season. He will also help promote the Coyotes on social media. Bissonnette currently has over 1 million Twitter followers (@BizNasty2point0) and over 200,000 followers on Instagram (Biznasty). 

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