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  • Mavs broadcaster's passion rewarded

  • For so many Missouri Mavericks fans, Bob Rennison is not only the voice of the Central Hockey League team, he is the eyes and ears of the diehards who listen to games on their radio, computer or phone.

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  • For so many Missouri Mavericks fans, Bob Rennison is not only the voice of the Central Hockey League team, he is the eyes and ears of the diehards who listen to games on their radio, computer or phone.
    Rennison can often be found in the Independence Events Center before a game, chatting with fans about that night’s opponent. You can also find him at area schools, service clubs and businesses talking about his passion – Missouri Mavericks hockey.
    Rennison won the Ralph Backstrom Soul of Service Award back in 2009, the first year the Mavericks came to town, and last Friday he was named the CHL Broadcaster of the Year at the 18th annual CHL Summer Conference in Phoenix.
    “Winning the Ralph Backstrom Award, which goes to an individual who is involved with community service and promotes hockey within his community, was very special,” Rennison said. “And to be selected by the league as the Broadcaster of the Year is another great honor.
    “I feel so fortunate to be a part of an organization that supports me in any way possible and allows me to do what I love – broadcast Maverick games.”
    As if on cue, Mavericks coach Scott Hillman walks by Rennison near the team offices inside the Events Center and offers a hearty handshake.
    “Well deserved, Bob,” Hillman said. “We’re proud of you.”
    So is president Brent Thiessen, who oversees an organization that won a league-high six awards at the conference, including CHL Franchise of the Year for the third year in a row. Thiessen was named the league’s top executive for the second year running.
    “Bob has a passion for what he does unlike few individuals I have ever seen,” Thiessen said. “His passion comes through on every broadcast and any time he is talking about this team.”
    Rennison graduated from Winnetonka High School and the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis on broadcasting performance and production.
    The 32-year resident of Independence has broadcast games for the Kansas City Attack of the National Professional Soccer League and the CHL’s Wichita Thunder, Topeka Scarecrows and Topeka Tarantulas.
    He turned in a resume to former Mavericks president Brad Lund the first day he arrived in Independence and basically gained the broadcasting job on the spot.
    “I got a call that Brad was coming to the team’s offices when they were in a building right across from the Events Center,” Rennison said. “I’d known Brad from his (CHL) days in Oklahoma and was offered the job. It was a dream come true.”
    Rennison broadcasts every home and away game and shares the home microphone with Troy Snyder.
    “I love broadcasting with Troy,” Rennison said. “I’m thinking about something and he’s right there looking up information or talking about the same thing – we’re always on the same page.”
    Page 2 of 2 - And the veteran broadcaster is always trying to come up with some way to make his broadcasts special.
    “I want our great fans – the best in the CHL – to enjoy listening to our games,” said Rennison, whose homespun comments following goals or big plays are fan favorites. “I want them to feel like they’re at the game. If I can get that across, then I’m doing my job.”
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