Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange won’t be in radio booth to start season

Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange won’t be in radio booth to start season
Pittsburgh Penguins long time broadcaster Mike Lange addresses the crowd before the unveiling of a statue depicting Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux outside the NHL hockey team's arena on Wednesday, March 7, 201,2 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic/AP)

PITTSBURGH — Longtime Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange won’t be in the radio booth when the season begins on Jan. 13 out of abundance of caution during the pandemic.

“‘I’ve decided to opt out of the start of the season after huddling with doctors about the course of Covid-19,” said Lange, who will turn 73 in March. “They’ve suggested it probably is best to receive the vaccinations before going back in the booth.”

Josh Getzoff will take over all radio play-by-play duties in Lange’s absence.

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Getzoff has called Penguins road games over the past two seasons, with Lange handling home games.

“I’m very much appreciative that the Penguins hierarchy gave me this chance to get everything in order,” Lange said in a statement.

The Penguins open the season against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 13.

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