Alex Faust, who crammed in for Jack Edwards on NESN’s broadcast of the Bruins’ preseason opener in opposition to the Rangers final Sunday, most likely sounded acquainted, even when maybe it took a second to recall from the place.
The 34-year-old Northeastern graduate has known as all kinds of sports activities in New England earlier than and since establishing himself as a top-notch NHL play-by-play voice. Amongst his assignments: He known as faculty basketball and served because the lead Hockey East announcer on NESN, and in 2019 he crammed in often for Dave O’Brien on Crimson Sox broadcasts.
However Faust is greatest recognized on the alternative coast, the place he spent six seasons as the tv play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings earlier than his place, absurdly, was eradicated in June when the Kings’ radio and TV broadcasts have been condensed into one manufacturing.
In 2018, his Q-rating skyrocketed when “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who was a passionate hockey fan, informed TMZ he thought Faust had what it took to be his potential successor on the sport present and even handed the broadcaster’s title alongside to producers.
“That was extremely humbling,” mentioned Faust of the endorsement from the beloved Trebek, who died of most cancers in November 2020. “On the finish of the day you simply by no means know who’s watching. It might be household of gamers. It might be diehard followers who you’re attempting to win over in a brand new position. It might be any individual who simply occurs to be a celeb hockey fan, extensively revered for what he does. On the finish of the day, nothing got here of it, and that’s completely OK. I really like what I do.”
For somebody who landed a coveted job at such a younger age — he was 27 when the Kings employed him — it’s a gentle shock that Faust didn’t go immediately into broadcasting after graduating from Northeastern in 2012.
“It’s humorous, after I graduated I didn’t wish to work in sports activities full time,’ he mentioned. “I felt I wasn’t ok. And on the similar time, I had a extremely good job lined up [at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Seaport]. So I used to be working for the accounting agency for 4 years and dabbling in broadcasting on nights and weekends, simply staying energetic.”
An early break got here when he bought the prospect to name video games for the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets when their common play-by-play voice, Brendan Burke, had a school soccer project.
“Then gigs began to develop in quantity, and I bought to the purpose the place like, hey, perhaps I can do this out as an actual profession,” he mentioned. “So I took that leap and tried this dream profession. I used to be extremely lucky that I didn’t leap off a cliff.”
Faust utilized for the Kings job in 2017 not out of any actual expectation that he would land it, however to not less than get a way for the interview course of.
“I used to be simply kicking the tires actually on the chance,” he mentioned. “I noticed that there was a gap and I knew a few individuals. I mentioned, ‘Why not, why don’t I attempt?’ I’d like to get an interview. That was my purpose. I simply needed to get an interview with the workforce simply to see what that course of was like. And it completely accelerated past my wildest desires.”
Faust acknowledges he was blindsided by the way in which it ended with the Kings, however buoyed by the response within the aftermath.
“It was the primary time I had ever been let go from a job in my life. So it was a stunning expertise to undergo that,” he mentioned. “However in what might have been a extremely robust couple of days, I ended up feeling actually good concerning the future. Social media is one factor, however so many individuals reached out immediately, texted, known as. I used to be blown away, and it actually meant quite a bit.”
What Faust is doing now could be a nifty little bit of navigating between staying busy and having fun with his circumstances. He was a play-by-play voice for Apple TV’s MLB broadcasts (no, don’t blame him for those who couldn’t discover the occasional Crimson Sox sport on Friday nights), and in addition is asking baseball and faculty soccer for Fox Sports activities. This Sunday, he’ll name his first NFL sport for the community alongside analyst Brady Quinn when the Vikings face the Panthers.
Faust will seemingly do some fill-in work on NHL broadcasts this season, maybe even a sport right here or there with the Bruins. (NESN is asserting its full Bruins plans quickly. Main adjustments aren’t anticipated.) For now, a wonderful announcer is busy sufficient with different sports activities that he can deal with the hiatus from a full-time hockey position.
“I’ve been actually busy this summer time and into the autumn,” Faust mentioned. “There’s been no drop-off when it comes to the quantity of labor and the journey and solely now as they attain the autumn and hockey season begins, am I it like, ‘Wow, hockey season is right here and I’m not working full time in it.’ So it’s somewhat bizarre. However I’m OK with taking a breath for a bit.”
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