03/29/2014 10:19 PM
Lewiston, ME – Former Portland Pirates broadcaster and current NESN analyst Tom Caron was inducted into the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame on Saturday night during the first period of the VIP Cup Series game, presented by VIP Tires & Service, between the Pirates and the Manchester Monarchs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Caron becomes the 18th member of the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.
Started in 1999, the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame was created to honor those individuals who had played a significant role in Pirates’ history, both on and off the ice, and who have excelled in their careers in hockey. Since the inaugural class of Andrew Brunette, Byron Dafoe, and Olaf Kolzig were inducted in 1999, 14 other players, owners, and members of the Pirates community have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, with Jeff Nelson becoming the 17th member in 2013.
A graduate of Lewiston High School, Tom Caron served as the Pirates’ first play-by-play announcer for the Calder Cup championship team of 1993-94. Caron was the creator of the Portland Pirates Radio Network in 1993, and was the writer and producer of “No One Left To Beat”, a film recapping the Pirates’ championship season. “No One Left To Beat” has been played in the American Hockey League display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Caron was also the creator of the first Pirates website, portlandpirates.com.
Prior to his time with the Pirates, Caron was a sports anchor at WGME – TV in Portland, where he won his first James Ellery Award for television coverage of the AHL’s Maine Mariners in 1991. After joining NESN in 1995, Caron won a second Ellery Award for AHL television coverage while also serving as co-host of Front Row, a nightly sports magazine program. Caron has served as the lead television play by play voice for 4 AHL All-Star Classics, including both the 2003 and 2010 All-Star Classic events in Portland.
The current Pirates Hall of Fame can be viewed online at http://www.portlandpirates.com/team/hof/, while video from the ceremony can be found on the Pirates official YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/portlandpiratesahl.
The Pirates get back to action on Tuesday night when they visit the Worcester Sharks. Puck drops at 7 PM. and the game can be heard on the Pirates flagship stations WPEI 95.5/95.9 FM as well as WEZR AM 1240 in the Lewiston/Auburn area and WTME AM 780/1450 in Oxford County. The game can also be heard online at portlandpirates.com by clicking “Listen Live” and can be seen live on AHL Live at ahllive.com. The pregame show starts at 6:40 with Jeff Mannix.
Follow all the action on the Pirates official Facebook page and Twitter account (@PortlandPirates) with the hashtag #PiratesAway.
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