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Updated: Errey, Mears Out As Penguins TV Crew; Potash Stays



Bob Errey, Steve Mears

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ TV network will have a new announcing crew for the coming season.

Bob Errey, longtime analyst on the telecasts, and play-by-play man Steve Mears will not return in those positions.

Their departures have not been formally announced and no replacements have been named.

The other on-air member of the telecasts, features specialist Dan Potash, confirmed that he will be retained.

Fenway Sports Group. which owns the Penguins, is scheduled to take over the Penguins’ outlet, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, on Oct. 2 and presumably is behind the moves.

The network will be renamed SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Errey confirmed his departure Friday, and issued the following statement:

Dear Pittsburgh Penguin Fans,

It is with a heavy heart that I share this with you. I received an unexpected call yesterday informing me that I would not be returning as Pittsburgh Penguins TV analyst this coming season.

My journey began in 1983 as a wide-eyed teenager, with no idea of what to expect on the ice or in this city of Pittsburgh. It took time, but with determined players and passionate fans, we achieved the dream of bringing the Cup to Pittsburgh

After my playing days, as luck would have it, I took the radio position. My family dug our roots into the community and into youth hockey. We loved The Burgh and me, my job.

I was fortunate to work with Paul Steigerwald, who lives and breathes hockey, who helped me get better every day. I was willing to learn.

With the arrival of Sidney Crosby, I moved to the TV booth with Hall of Famer Mike Lange. I was as excited and nervous probably as you guys were. Both to work with Mike and to watch Sid do his thing. Wow! Very fortunate.

My last six years in the booth with Steve Mears have been equally as rewarding. What a pro. Tremendous talent.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our friend Dan Potash for our laughs and his connection with the players. Truly one of a kind.

I have nothing but the the utmost respect and love for my former colleagues and friends that I have worked with for the past 22 years!

You the fans have consistently tuned in and made us the number 1 local broadcast in the league every year. Incredible really

I loved my nights in Pittsburgh and in the booth. I will cherish the many incredible moments this seat has given me. It had brought me a special joy and excitement and I hope it did for you as well.

I am not sure where my travels will take me next, but I look forward to the next chapter and will put as much energy and effort into it as I have here. And if you see me in this great city make sure to stop me and say hello!

Thank you again.

It’s been my pleasure,
Bob Errey