The American Hockey League and its other member teams join the Milwaukee Admirals today in mourning the passing of Admirals play-by-play broadcaster Kyle Schultz on Saturday night.
“We are profoundly saddened by the passing this weekend of our broadcaster and friend Kyle Schultz,” said Admirals president Jon Greenberg. “Kyle had a great love of life, family, hockey and the Milwaukee Admirals and his voice will always be linked to some of the greatest moments in Admirals history.
“Kyle’s calls were heard throughout the world in a career that spanned parts of 13 seasons. Kyle’s enthusiasm made him unique among radio announcers and made you feel like you were his neighbor after meeting or hearing him for just the first time.
“Kyle will truly be missed by all those who came in contact with him over the years. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and wish them comfort during this difficult time.”
For the remainder of the 2005-06 season, the Admirals will be wearing a patch featuring Kyle’s initials and the words Old Time Hockey, a phrase that Kyle used often in his broadcasts. The Ads will be selling the individual patches for $5, with the proceeds benefiting Arrowhead Youth Hockey, where a memorial has been set up in Kyle’s honor. Fans can purchase the patches at the information table located outside section 225 at the Bradley Center.
Kyle recently began his third season as the Admirals broadcaster and was behind the mic when the team captured the 2004 Calder Cup championship, the only professional championship in the organization’s history. Prior to working for the Admirals, Kyle called games for teams in both the International and East Coast Hockey Leagues.
Schultz is survived by wife Allison and five-year-old son Tanner, as well as parents, one brother and two sisters.
The funeral service is set for 1:00 p.m. (CT) on Thursday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N. Genesee Road, Delafield, Wis. Visitation begins at 11:00.
A memorial fund has been set up at Arrowhead Youth Hockey where Kyle began his first year of coaching this season. Donations can be sent to Arrowhead Youth Hockey c/o Kyle Schultz Memorial, P.O. Box 561, Hartland, WI 53029.