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The Debut of the Demolition

Greetings readers,

It’s a new time for Dayton hockey. The Dayton Demolition were unveiled yesterday (Broadcast from the Gem City Sports Network) (Footage from WDTN NBC Channel 2), replacing the Dayton Demonz. The Demolition will play at Hara Arena as a member of the Federal Hockey League, just as the Demonz done since the 2012-2013 season.

At the Englewood Buffalo Wild Wings, just north of the old hockey barn, fans got to meet the new owner Bill Dadds. Folks also got caught up with their friends and the new coaches of the Demolition, Head Coach Jack Collins and Assistant Coach/Forward Brett Wall. Both gentlemen are ingrained into the fabric of Dayton Hockey history. The Demolition’s colors will officially be red, yellow, and gray. The red color will stay from the previous season, as the Demonz were officially red, black, and white.

In the Federal Hockey League, there will only be one returning team from last year in the Danville (IL) Dashers. While there will be a team in Danbury, Connecticut again, it will not be the Whalers. Instead, they will be the Danbury Titans owned by Bruce Bennett. Also joining the league this year will be the Brewster (NY) Bulldogs, the Berlin (NH) River Drivers, and the Port Huron (MI) Prowlers. The 2014-2015 FHL Champions, the Watertown Wolves, will be inactive this season due to arena renovations.

I’m very excited to see what this 2015-2016 will bring. I hope you, the fan, are excited for it too. I’ll be sure to share as much as I can on my twitter, @theleewmowen. Follow the Dayton Demolition on Twitter, as more news continues to fly out during the off-season. Welcome in the Dayton Demolition!

Until next time,

-Lee

Running for the Broadcaster of the Year Award

Greetings readers,

I’d like to mention an award I’m in the running for, and I’d also like to ask you, the reader, for your help. I’m in the running for the 2014-2015 Federal Hockey League Broadcaster of the Year against four other nominees.

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My Outlook & Goals for 2015

Picture taken by hockey fan Jennifer Kolb.

Greetings readers, welcome to the new year of 2015!

I’d like to share with you my outlook and goals for the New Year. Don’t worry, they’re all sportscasting related (I’m not any good with any other type of resolutions, trust me.)

First off, I’m going to go further than “get a sportscasting job.” In my thoughts, it’s too generic and too boring. By now, you might know I’m already on the quest for the career. This is more for what steps I’d like to take to get said job this year.

Now, my first goal is to write more. Towards the end of last year, I started writing more in my blog. It started off as another outlet to inform people to listen in to my next call, but then transformed into me sharing some personal experiences of some events. For example, the 1st day of the 2014 TVS Tip-Off Tournament. That brought in some looks and a friend liked my personal touch on my recaps (and another way to share my broadcasting work too, I may add.)

Originally, this blog was about topics with my opinion added to them. Why did it stray so much, you ask? I don’t know if I got “bored” or just thought nobody was reading it, so articles became few and far between. It also didn’t help that work took a lot of free time out of my hands.

This year, I’d like to share more. I’d like to share my experiences as the broadcaster about what I see during a call. I’ll try my best to write at least two to three times a month, maybe more. If I can share an experience you can’t find anywhere else, I think that’d be something fascinating to read.

Secondly, I know I’ve shared my plans for this for about twenty centuries (because podcasting has existed that long, am I right?), but I feel like this will be the year I start my podcast! Originally, I wanted it to be about Dayton-area sports and nothing but. In case you don’t know, Dayton’s not a bad lace to be a sports fan. Cincinnati isn’t too far, but Dayton itself has hockey, baseball, basketball, football; a little bit of everything! We have great high school sports, collegiate teams, and pro teams too.

Now, I’m starting to question if I shouldn’t just have a podcast where it’s just me enjoying sharing stuff that interests me (mainly sports.) Suggestions are always welcome (either as a comment on this post or if you’re connected with me on social media.) Either way, it’s time for me to enter the world of podcasting. Hope you join me, whenever this happens!

Third, I’m hoping to meet more broadcasters and more people in the field this year. I’m very lucky to have connected with the ones I know of today, but I’m always looking to expand my network and make new friends. I need to be more social on Twitter (not to mention more interesting, am I right?)

These are three things I’m reaching for in these next 365 days! I hope you join me for the journey!

Until next time,

-Lee

 

My Demonz Post-Game Recap from October 18th, 2014

Demonz Rally with a 4-3 OT Win Over Danville

 

By Lee W. Mowen

DAYTON, OH. – The Dayton Demonz come away with two wins on

Opening Weekend against the Danville Dashers, winning just

mere seconds into the overtime frame 4-3 on Saturday Night.

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USL PRO Soccer – Dayton Dutch Lions fall 2-1 to Colorado Rapids Reserves

Dutch Lions Fall 2-1 in Stoppage Time to the Colorado Rapids Reserves

Greetings readers,

I had the opportunity to do color commentary for the Dayton Dutch Lions on August 23rd. It was the Dutch Lions, winless at home this season, taking on the Colorado Rapids Reserves.

If you’d like to watch that game, here it is from YouTube:

Until next broadcast,

-Lee

(My) Adventures on the Pitch

Greetings readers,

It’s been a good summer to be a soccer fan, especially in Southwest Ohio.

As you know, the World Cup has finished up with Germany winning their fourth WC championship versus Argentina. For any type of soccer fan, it was one to watch and remember. The United States got out of the “Group of Death” with the Germans, Ghana, and Portugal. While the USA lost a tough battle with Belgium after advancing, it’s never been a better time to be proud of the #USMNT.

While the World Cup was a dandy to watch this year, soccer’s also been kind to this broadcaster.

As you might know (if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or know me off-line), I got the opportunity to broadcast the Cincinnati Dutch Lions of the USL Premier Development League and the Dayton Dutch Lions’ Women’s team.

Cincinnati played all of their home games at Xavier University’s soccer field. The W-League Dayton squad calls DOC Stadium in West Carrollton home, the same pitch the USL Pro team plays.

The Dutch Lion Women went 3-7 in 2014, while going 2-3 at home.

Cincinnati is currently 6-4-2, 4-1-2 at Xavier. The Cincy Dutch Lions have one more road game to close out 2014, at River City in Louisville, KY. In the USL PDL, the top two teams in a division get a playoff spot. Right now, Cincinnati is in second place in the South Atlantic Division by one point over Southern West Virginia (who have two home games left.)

It’s been a real treat sharpening up on my soccer video broadcasts this season. While some people don’t like the game (which is quite alright, everyone has different tastes,) I believe that the story-telling capabilities of the sport is quite impressive. It’s something I’d like to improve on as a broadcaster. I have a feeling that there’s going to be more chances on the horizon.

Becoming a broadcasting voice of a Cincinnati team and another Dayton squad was a treat, too. Cincinnati has always been a place I’ve loved as a kid, and working on expanding my craft in these two places really has made me that much more appreciative.

 

I might help out with a couple of the USL Pro Dayton Dutch Lions broadcasts, so stay tuned to my social media feeds to see when I’ll be back live!

If you’re looking to continue your soccer fix, just remember to support your local soccer club, no matter what level they are. Don’t forget, collegiate soccer is around the corner!

Thanks for reading. Until next time,

-Lee

A Fiery Pit of Ice – Dayton Demonz Hockey returns!

Greetings readers,

It’s hockey time again in Dayton! The Dayton Demonz are back on the ice for their second season in the Federal Hockey League. After falling just short of the FHL Commissioner’s Cup last year, the Demonz look to Hoist the Cup in 2013-2014.

As the play-by-play announcer, I’m excited for the season to continue on. I say continue, as the Demonz have played in two games already (with the third game tonight on Nov. 8th.) Dayton is 2-0 on the season, having won 9-2 in Danville, Illinois and 11-2 at home versus the Dashers. Tonight, we have the defending champion Danbury Whalers coming into town.

The Demonz are now lead by Head Coach Trevor Karasiewicz, a former Dayton Demon from last season, in his first ever coaching job. Assistant Coach Jack Collins also returns to the Demonz.

There are five returning players from the 2012-13 squad, including Jesse Felten, Ahmed Mahfouz (or FOOOOOOOOOOOUZ if you’re in Hara Arena), Tim Recio, Brian Marks, and goalie Tony Tabisz (a Kettering, Ohio native.)

Some of the newcomers include Dayton-native Lee McClure, who was a member of the Danville Dashers before making a jump into the Southern Professional Hockey League. Also new to this squad is Wehebe Darge, an Australian native, playing his first season in professional hockey. We also have “The Amazing Race (season 22)” winner in Anthony Battaglia as the Captain, ECHL journeyman Shaun Fisher, and many more additions to the team.

The entire roster can be viewed here.

With only three other teams in the Federal Hockey League this year, the whole goal is stability. We need these four franchises to stay together. I personally think it will, although the task at hand is not easy. What makes these teams special is the fanbases. I know people here in Dayton love them some hockey (seeing as I am a Daytonian, I can say that with some authority.) The Danbury Whalers have the most passionate fanbase in the league,and the Danville Dasher fans packed the house in their only home game of the season thusfar. I also see the Watertown Privateer fans/boosters sharing a lot of information on various FHL groups as well.

This year, the Demonz are doing more for the fans. There’s more events, more give-aways. I think we’ll see more people through those Hara gates this season.

As the broadcaster, I feel like this season is going to be special. I’d love for you, the reader, to join me on the trip. While I’m only back for the home games (because of my job and the need to continue to receive income), I’ll have the call of all the games at Hara Arena.

If you’d like to watch the action, come down to Hara Arena (where tickets are between $7.50-$12.50) or watch the game live on LiveSportsVideo (the fee is $6.00.) If you’re more the radio type, we have an audio feed for free on the Gem City Sports Network (and the games are archived there, too.)

This 2013-2014 season already feels special. We still got a lot of hockey to play, though!

Let’s play catch-up soon, readers.

Until next time,

-Lee