Manager, Broadcast & Marketing
Zakrzewski joined the IceHogs early in the 2017-18 season after two and a half seasons with the AHL’s Ontario Reign as their Director of Communications and Broadcasting. There, he oversaw team communications and public/media relations while serving as the play-by-play broadcaster during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
Prior to his stint in Ontario, the Sam Houston State alum spent six campaigns with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays as the play-by-play broadcaster and Director of Public Relations, where he earned the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year award in 2012-13.
The Spring, Texas, native began his career as the Broadcasting Assistant for the AHL’s Houston Aeros and Broadcaster for the Battle Creek Bombers baseball team of the Northwoods League.
Fun Facts about Joseph:
- Born and raised in Houston, Texas with strong extended family connections to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Central Wisconsin.
- While attending Sam Houston State University, was a two-time SCHL champion with the university’s club hockey program.
- Joining the IceHogs in 2017 was a full-circle moment: My first full play-by-play broadcast was between the Houston Aeros and the IceHogs in Houston in the spring of 2009.
- Broadcasting was one of three areas of study in school before making the full-time jump in 2007. The others were aerospace technologies and communication and film cinematography and production. A lengthy conversation with broadcaster Dan Rather (SHSU alum and frequent visitor) tipped the scales, but I still keep a close following and interest in the other industries.
- In my free time, you can find me hiking or biking on the trails locally, around Central Illinois and Wisconsin or attending/presenting at pop culture conventions and museums as I’m an avid collector of American history and entertainment.