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12-year-old boy to call Sharks-Blues game on radio

Invited by St. Louis after appearing in video doing play-by-play for blind dad

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director, Editorial

ST. LOUIS - Wyatt Nelson's hockey play-by-play audience is going to mushroom Tuesday.

Wyatt, the 12-year-old native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan made famous by the "Discover Card Day with the Cup" video that shows him doing hockey play-by-play for his blind father, Gerry, in the stands at a Western Hockey League game, will be on the St. Louis Blues radio broadcast for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Wyatt will call part of the first period from the KMOX radio booth with play-by-play man Chris Kerber and color man Kelly Chase.

"I'm meeting so many household names that a 12-year-old boy would dream of meeting and I'm getting to rub shoulders with them and get pictures with them," Wyatt told Tuesday. "Now I get to call part of a NHL game. I can't believe it, I'm pumped."

Video: Son helps his blind dad experience the Stanley Cup

"No matter what he does tonight or how he does it, the moment he starts broadcasting, however long that will be, I'll start bawling, thinking, 'That is my 12-year-old son doing an NHL radio broadcast,'" Gerry said Tuesday from the press conference room at Scottrade Center.

Wyatt and Gerry arrived in St. Louis on Monday, and Tuesday will be their first time at a Stanley Cup Playoff game.

The Discover video, which displayed the unique hockey bond shared by Gerry and Wyatt, shows Wyatt doing play-by-play of a Saskatoon Blades game at SaskTel Centre for his dad as they sat in the stands. Gerry, who lost his vision in 1988 because of diabetes, often would listen to games on the radio. But when one preseason game wasn't being broadcast, Wyatt stepped in and became Gerry's connection to the action. He has been doing it ever since.

The video went viral and caught the attention of Chase, who played for the Blades from 1986-88 before playing in the NHL for 11 seasons, mostly with the Blues. Chase and St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong invited the Nelson family to the game Tuesday and gave Wyatt the opportunity to call part of it on KMOX, a 50,000-watt superstation that reaches all the way to Saskatoon, according to Gerry.

Wyatt, who plays center for the Renegade Rampage peewee team in Saskatoon, said he is ready for his debut as a professional announcer.

He said he's been studying the game notes and practicing some of the tricky pronunciations on each roster. Wyatt watched the players come off the ice and walk along the hallway to the dressing rooms so he could put faces and body types to names, hoping it will help with his call.

"I watched the Sunday night game to get a bit of a feel of how it would look," Wyatt said. "I'm just pumped and looking to get going."

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