MERIDEN — Jared Doyon lived a dream on Jan. 24 when he was the public address announcer for the Hartford Wolf Pack in front of 5,000 fans at the XL Center.
“It’s literally a dream come true,” the 19-year-old Meriden resident said. “I’ve been going to Wolf Pack games since I can remember. It was a pretty cool experience.”
Doyon, who works for part time for the Wolf Pack, AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, won a contest to be the team’s guest PA announcer for two games.
“I went to my boss and asked if I could enter,” Doyon said. “I was chosen for the final three and I won.”
Doyon was training for the moment. After graduating from Maloney in 2012, he attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and graduated from the school last January.
“All I have ever wanted to do is be a PA announcer,” Doyon said. “It was a thrill doing it in front of my friends and family, and announcing the players that I’ve been watching forever. I just can’t get over how awesome it was.”
Doyon is going to have the opportunity to do it again this Tuesday when the Wolf Pack host Adirondack.
“I can’t describe it,” Doyon said. “The first two periods I though I was dreaming. Doing a game is a pretty big deal. The current full-time announcer is a backup for the New York Rangers.”
Doyon’s older brother Josh is the mascot Sonar for the Wolf Pack. Josh Doyon also attended Maloney. The two youngest Doyons, 17-year-old Jonathan and 14-year-old Jake, currently attend Platt.
Jared Doyon said he loves hockey, the Wolf Pack and the New York Rangers. He attended the Rangers’ 7-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils last Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
“Hockey is the greatest sport,” Doyon said. “People who don’t like it are really missing out.”
Doyon is the son of Mario Doyon and Laurie Parisi.