Faced with the dilemma of trying to fill the shoes of his hero, Walleye public address announcer Anthony Bellino decided that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.
At just 26, Bellino has already blazed his own trail in a young and promising career as an announcer. When it came to taking over for popular Toledo hockey public address announcer Bobb Vergiels, he opted to maintain the status quo.
“I'm not trying to copy Bobb, I'm trying to pay tribute to him,” said Bellino, who is in his first season as the Walleye's rink-side announcer. “I'm not sure if I do anything that Bobb hasn't already done. He always sounded so cool.”