Veteran NHL forward Mike Knuble, currently a free agent, joined longtime Grand Rapids Griffins announcer Bob Kaser on Wednesday to make his broadcast debut doing radio coverage for ESPN 96.1 WMAX FM of the team’s matinee game against the Milwaukee Admirals. Knuble, who is 40, was raised in Kentwood, Mich. and has strong ties to the area. Kaser was the 2009-10 recipient of the AHL’s James H. Ellery Memorial Award for outstanding media coverage on the radio. One of many players that finds himself in the tough position of needing to find a team fairly quick when and if the lockout ends, this could be a look at options for Knuble once his playing career is over. The chances of him signing an AHL deal to play with the hometown Griffins at this point seem slim, but it could be a possibility post-lockout if he is unable to find NHL work – the shuffling of players at that point will leave many AHL teams in a bind.
Knuble had been spending ice time in the fall with the local Davenport University Panthers club hockey team as they practiced. Fellow pros with area ties Luke Glendening (ECHL-Toledo Walleye) and Chris Summers (AHL-Portland Pirates) also skated with Davenport for a short time in September. All three players share the common bond of having played for the Michigan Wolverines.
Knuble is a 15-year NHL veteran who spent the past three seasons with the Washington Capitals. He attended the University of Michigan and was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1991. He won a Stanley Cup with the Wings in 1998 and has skated for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers as well. He appeared in his 1000th NHL contest in December of 2011 and has scored 274 goals and registered 540 points during his career.