Famed Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange will miss the start of the 2018-19 NHL playoffs after suffering an adverse reaction to pneumonia medication, according to the Penguins. Lange has been recently absent from the Penguins radio broadcasts due to the illness.
The team said Lange was briefly hospitalized last week but is at home resting comfortably. The Hall of Fame broadcaster will be a guest on the radio broadcast during the first intermission of Game 1 Wednesday with radio network intermission host, Brian Metzer.
“They’ve encouraged me to rest, but I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth with the ‘ol-29er’ Phil Bourque as soon as possible,” Lange said.
Lange, who recently turned 71, is now in his 44th season as a Penguins broadcaster. The Penguins begin the postseason Wednesday night in New York. Game 1 is at 7:30 p.m.
Josh Getzoff will continue to handle radio play-by-play duties. Getzoff does most of the Penguins road games while Lange calls the home games.
Paul Steigerwald will host the pre- and post-game radio shows.