When Zach Fisch left his broadcasting/media relations position with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, he recommended his friend and fellow STAA member Jared Shafran as his successor. Now, Shafran is the team’s new Director of Communications and Broadcasting.
“The Stingrays have been very lucky over the years to have some great broadcasters bringing Stingrays hockey to our fans,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “We are thrilled to announce Jared Shafran as our new Director of Communications and Broadcasting. Jared will bring a great deal of excitement to the airwaves and we look forward to him joining our organization.”
The 27-year-old Shafran most recently served as an Athletics Communications Associate at Ferris State University where he called games for the school’s Division I hockey team. This past year, Shafran was behind the microphone for Ferris State’s WCHA conference championship win, as well as the team’s run to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. At Ferris State, Shafran played a key role in producing video and multimedia content and helped oversee social media accounts for all 17 of Ferris State’s athletic programs. He also assisted with the school’s media relations and marketing efforts while leading video board production.
“I am thrilled to join the Stingrays organization and am excited to get started quickly with the new season,” said Shafran. “I’ve heard so many great things about the area and I’m looking forward to meeting all the staff, players, and passionate fans in Lowcountry. Thank you to Rob Concannon and his staff for welcoming me to the team and giving me this amazing opportunity.”
Shafran, a Highland Mills, New York native, previously spent three seasons with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012-2015. The Northeastern University graduate handed play-by-play for the Storm and spearheaded the team’s media relations and digital media initiatives. During his time in Tri-City, Shafran’s strong body of work earned him numerous opportunities to work league events. Shafran was chosen to lead interview efforts for the USHL at the NHL Draft for two years, and also hosted the USHL Draft Show twice. He also worked alongside Fisch for several events during his time in the USHL, including the 2014 Draft Show and the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque, Iowa where Shafran served as a rinkside reporter.
“I’m thrilled for Jared to take over the microphone in South Carolina,” said Fisch. “I worked closely with him during our time in the USHL and his professionalism, work-ethic, and play-by-play always stood out. He has a vast background in everything the position encompasses, and I know South Carolina fans will love listening to his work on the air.”
Shafran’s previous work includes a stint as the play-by-play voice of the Palm Springs Power baseball team in California in 2012, as well as experience writing for The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and The Huntington News. He interned with New England Sports Network and College Hockey Inc. during his time at Northeastern. Shafran’s honors on the microphone including finishing in the top-five of the 2015 FASTHockey Broadcaster Battle and being named a 2011 Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) Honorable Mention All-American.