Prestigious Hockey Award goes to Kelowna Rockets' Regan Bartel
As the play by play radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets on AM1150, veteran broadcaster Regan Bartel is used to shedding the spotlight on others.
Those roles were reversed Friday night in Penticton, when Bartel was honoured with the Bernie Pascal Media Award at the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bartel picked up the award which is annually given to a member of the media for their contribution in promoting the sport of hockey in British Columbia.
Bartel is approaching his 25th season of calling games in the Western Hockey League, with 2019-2020 being his 20th year behind the mic for the Kelowna Rockets home and away games.
Over his time in the WHL, Bartel has called over 1,700 regular season games and over 300 playoff games.
In his time in Kelowna, which started in the fall of 2000, the father of twin boys has been to five Memorial Cups, with his 6th being next May, when the Rockets host the 2020 Kia Memorial Cup.
“To be recognized by the hockey community is such an honour. B.C hockey has given me so much over my 19 years; I mean a great team to cover in the Kelowna Rockets and now this award. So to be honest, I’m just blown away by it,” said Bartel.
In a beautiful speech, Bartel thanked his wife Diana of 24 years and dedicated the award to his father, who is battling cancer.