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October 9, 2013

Macomb Dakota graduate seizes opportunity to become hockey broadcaster

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

Dominic Hennig

Of all the things that exist to occupy a 14-year-old boy’s time, it’s safe to say that broadcasting games for a junior hockey team isn’t typically one of them.

While it may not be typical, Macomb Dakota graduate Dominic Hennig, 22, received the opportunity to do just that.

While in Santa Fe, N.M., to watch his brother Nate play a junior hockey game, the team’s owner, Mary Magdalene Lorang, asked Hennig if he would like to put a head set on and call a game. Hennig took her up on the offer, and as it turns out, it wouldn’t be for the last time.

Following that opportunity, things apparently went well enough for Lorang to occasionally have Hennig flown in to call other games for the team.

Hennig’s next big opportunity came when he was 17. Although his intention to was to enroll at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, after Ferris State University offered him a scholarship and the rights to broadcast radio games for the Bulldogs’ Division I hockey team, it was an offer Hennig decided not to pass on.

And as an extra bonus, it also gave him more opportunities to call games his brother was a part of, as Nate Hennig was on Ferris State’s hockey squad.

Aside from his radio duties, Hennig has also done television work for Ferris and works in the athletic department at the school. His favorite moment up to this point in his broadcasting career was calling the Bulldogs’ national championship game in 2012 (a game won by Boston College 4-1).

The Bulldogs’ run to the final is just part of some good memories that have been created during his broadcasting career.

“The trip I had — because of God — is unprecedented,” Hennig said. “The team won the league (and) I got a ring out of it; the national championship game. It’s been the best four (years) — just unbelievable victories and moments. I truly am blessed. I came at the right time. It really has been great.”

Aside from junior hockey announcers Arch Ecker and Stephen “Skip” Berry, Hennig said his brother is one of his mentors. Receiving the chance to have his brother call his games is something Nate Hennig isn’t likely to forget anytime soon.

“I really enjoyed it,” Nate Hennig said. “We were tight growing up. We lost our mother at a young age, and for as long as we’ve ever known, it was just my dad (Ron Hennig), him and I. Him and my dad were pretty much my biggest fans all throughout amateur hockey, juniors and the collegiate level. I had a pretty good senior year, and it was pretty special for him to be a part of that, as well.”

While Hennig has taken some time to reflect on some of the early moments of his broadcasting career, he has also given some thought as to his goals for the future.

“My goal is to be a radio or television announcer in the National Hockey League one day,” he said. “If I make it to the American Hockey League, then I would say it’s a dream. One thing I heard from an announcer, he said, ‘When you get on that bus at the next level, (The American Hockey League) — you as a radio announcer, the players, the equipment managers, the coaches and the trainers all have one thing in common — you’re one step away.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ If I get to that next level, I would say it was a dream ride, and I’m one step away.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.