AMARILLO, TX – After 13 seasons and over 700 games called, the longest tenured voice in Amarillo Hockey History is moving back to where it all began.
The Amarillo Bulls, proud members of the North American Hockey League, announced today (Thursday) that Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations ‘the voice of the Amarillo Bulls’ Denis J. Puska is stepping down and returning to Canada. Puska has accepted a position as Afternoon News/On- Air-Talent with Moose FM 100.9 in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
“The Amarillo Bulls Organization are saddened by the news that our one and only voice of the Amarillo Bulls is leaving our family,” said Vice President and General Manager Rick Matchett. “Denis has done an amazing job for us and he will be missed. Our fans, players and players parents have always enjoyed listening to Denis as their favorite team has played in the South Division of the NAHL over the last 9 years. My highlight of Denis was his call of the 2013 National Championship game in Frisco, Texas. His passion and his hockey encyclopedia mind are one-of-kind! While we’re upset with him leaving, we are very excited for him in his new position! As Denis would say “stick a fork in him, he’s done!”
Puska originally came to Amarillo in 2001 to be the voice of the Amarillo Rattlers of the former Central Hockey League. He stayed through the transition of the franchise that became the Gorillas for the next three seasons. After five seasons, away, Puska returned to the Texas Panhandle and has been the only voice of the Bulls in the team’s franchise. He also remains as one of the longest voices in terms of games called in the history of hockey in the State of Texas.
The Kapuskasing, Ontario native has been part of the Central Hockey League’s All-Star Broadcast team in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003, he has attended four North American Hockey League Robertson Cup National Championship Tournaments and recently was a broadcaster at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February.
“It’s a very emotional day for me,” said Puska. “Amarillo has been my home for a combined 13 years, including the last nine here. I have made so many close friends that have become family to me. The hockey community and the Bulls staff helped me get through a very difficult time after the loss of my wife and I will be grateful for the rest of my life. There are no words to express the love I have for the Texas Panhandle. This is truly a special place and from the bottom of my heart I say thank you for treating me like one of your own.”
The Amarillo Bulls are preparing for their 10th anniversary season in the North American Hockey League. The team’s main camp will take place from July 10-14 in Aston, Pa. where Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo, and his staff will begin the process of selecting players to attending training camp in September.
The Bulls offer a variety of season ticket packages available at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. There are full, half, seven game and 10 game flex packs that offer great benefits and perks to the fans. For further information on seat locations, payment plans, and pricing for the variety packages please visit www.amarillobulls.com or call 242-1122, visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.