(September 6, 2018) Alex von Keudell graduated from Bradley University four years ago. Something he did during his time on the Peoria, IL campus has helped him land a new hockey play-by-play job. An STAA member, von Keudell is the new Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting for the Macon Mayhem of the SPHL.
“The SPHL is a league that is expanding and has become increasingly professional in its operations on and off the ice,” von Keudell says. “The league has taken great strides to become younger and faster, and it has become a pipeline for both players and staff to the East Coast Hockey League. If it stays on its current path, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it was an NHL-affiliated league in a few years.”
Erik Evenson has been Macon’s broadcaster the past two seasons. When he left to take over as Media Relations Director for the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA, the Mayhem contacted STAA to help find his replacement. von Keudell was a great fit.
“Having started the broadcasting department at Bradley was a huge factor,” he says. “Also, I had three years of experience in the NAHL and had a great interview with [Macon GM] Blair Floyd. We saw eye-to-eye right away and I knew it would be a good fit.”
Macon is von Keudell’s fourth franchise in five seasons. During school he worked for the Peoria Mustangs. Since then, he’s been a media relations & broadcasting director for the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Corpus Christi IceRays. The journey von Keudell hopes leads to the NHL has reminded him that nothing worth having comes easily.
“Always be prepared to humble yourself; no work is beneath you,” he says. “What you make of the job if infinitely more important than your job title.”
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