JASON THOMAS TO RETURN AS NEW MEXICO ICE WOLVES PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCAST ANNOUNCER FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

(Albuquerque, NM) Friday, July 9, 2021 – The New Mexico Ice Wolves® today announced that Jason Thomas will return as the team’s play-by-play broadcast announcer for the 2021-2022 season. Coming off a year that was greatly impacted by the pandemic, Jason is looking forward to calling every game and is excited to be able to call all home game at Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque, NM with an arena full of enthusiastic fans. Jason is a native of North Texas and has been a lifelong hockey fan. After a chance meeting with retired goaltender turned broadcaster Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Jason decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting. This will be his second season as NM Ice Wolves play-by-play broadcaster.

“I am beyond thrilled to be rejoining the NM Ice Wolves organization as the play-by-play broadcaster,” said Thomas. “I look forward to the upcoming season, meeting more of the fans and seeing what this season has in store for the team.”

With the certainty of the upcoming season, current season ticket holders are being contacted directly for renewals. After that process is complete, new season ticket packages will become available for purchase at the team’s ticket website, but anyone wanting to be prioritized can send an email now to tickets@nmicewolves.com. Partial season tickets and single game tickets will go on sale by mid-August ahead of the 2021-2022 season. As soon as season ticket holders are set, tickets will go on sale and will be available for purchase at tickets.nmicewolves.com. The team’s first home game at Outpost Ice Arenas is on Friday, October 15 against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 7:30pm MT.

Season ticket holders receive a guaranteed seat for all 28 NM Ice Wolves home games in the regular season, priority access to playoff tickets and priority renewal. Season tickets start at $280 for reserved front row bleacher seats, $350 for all other reserved bleacher seats and $700 for stadium chairback seats. Season tickets can be contracted for using a payment plan that is available when finalizing. For accessible and companion seating please contact tickets@nmicewolves.com.

The team has two hospitality suites that are available with catering on a single or multi game basis.  Anyone interested in reserving a suite for a group or special event can contact tickets@nmicewolves.com for more information.

The NM Ice Wolves wrapped their 2020-2021 season in mid-May at home after playing most of its games, both home and away, on the road this season in Texas and Louisiana due to strict public health guidelines in New Mexico that prohibited competition and travel for much of the year. The 2020-2021 season also marked two historic firsts for the organization with forward Cole Hanson becoming the first ever NM Ice Wolves player to be named to the NAHL All-NAHL 1st Team and the league’s All-South Division Team. Nikolai Dulak was honored to be named to the NAHL South Division All-Rookie team and All-NAHL Rookie Second team. Spencer Rudrud, Jack Bayless, Brandon Holt and Owen Parker were all named to and participated in the NAHL Top Prospects tournament in June as part of the league’s Robertson Cup championship week in Blaine, MN.

Stay connected to the NM Ice Wolves and all of the latest team news including when season tickets become available by following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as the at the team’s website, www.nmicewolves.com and app.  Other events at the team’s home arena can be found at www.outposticearena.com or by following the Outpost Ice Arenas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

After the team and league ended the 2019-2020 season early, as all major sports leagues did due to COVID-19, with no playoffs the NM Ice Wolves were honored by the entire North American Hockey League as the NAHL Organization of the Year and the NAHL’s South Division Organization of the Year. Alex Dominique became the first ever NM Ice Wolves’ player named to the NAHL All-South Division Rookie Team and the team’s jersey was voted best in the league in a virtual playoff voted on by fans league wide in the first ever NAHL Tournament of Jerseys.

For team media inquiries, please contact Aaron Martinez at 505-212-8762 or amartinez@reelz.com

About NAHL
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