A play-by-play broadcasting career almost didn’t happen for Chris Lynch. “I nearly gave up on the sports pursuit when the pandemic hit. I’m so grateful I didn’t do that and stuck to it.”
Chalk up another win for perseverance. Lynch is the new Play-by-Play/Media Relations person Danbury Hat Tricks of the FPHL, NAHL and NA3HL.
It’s Lynch’s first full-time job in sports broadcasting. “It gives me the chance to capitalize on years as a college hockey writer and prior junior hockey freelance experience,” he states. Lynch is also the third consecutive STAA member to broadcast for Danbury. He follows Casey Bryant in 2019 and Josh Starr last year.
Lynch is a graduate of Boston University and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. His freelance sports media experience ranges from reporting and writing to play-by-play. That includes calling hockey for Tufts University and the Junior Women’s Hockey League. Learning to manage the various pieces of his freelance schedule has been key for Lynch.
“It’s been so important for me to stay disciplined in my scheduling so I know when I’m available to work and can fill my schedule correctly,” he shares. “As a freelancer, your time is your most important currency. You must always keep stock of your availability and fill your time commitments.
Lynch is taking those time management skills to the Hat Tricks. “As a full-time staffer, you have to maximize the time in office to get everything done.”
One thing Lynch believes helped him land the Danbury opportunity was his approach to the job interview. “I walked into the building with confidence that I would land the job,” he recalls. “I’ve gone into other interviews with a more ‘happy to be here’ attitude and did not get those jobs. This one, I walked in with an, ‘I want to be here’ attitude and it landed.”
Lynch has been an STAA member since 2020. He learned of the Hat Tricks opening in an STAA Job Leads+ email. “The [emails] have given me so much more insight to the movement of people from job to job and place to place so I know what’s happening in the sports world.”
When Lynch looks back upon the dark days of the pandemic and his thoughts of leaving play-by-play, he does so with pride.
“I’m happy I didn’t leave.”