Mark Lewis, longtime Oilers PA announcer, to retire after this season
'One of the truly recognizable voices around the league,' Kevin Lowe says
Edmonton Oilers PA announcer Mark Lewis will hit the off switch on his career when he retires at the end of the Oilers' farewell NHL season at Rexall Place.
Lewis, who announced his retirement Monday, has been part of the Oilers organization for 35 years.
Always perched on the catwalk behind an old-school mike, Lewis has become synonymous with Rexall Place, calling goals and penalties, and announcing the opening lineups.
"I wouldn't say there are a lot of people that stand out when it comes to PA announcers and hosts, but Mark is right up there as one of the truly recognizable voices around the league," Kevin Lowe, Oilers Entertainment Group vice-chair, said in a news release.
"As a player, hearing your (name) being called out for your first game and goal in the NHL is a memory that sticks out; and his voice will always be remembered by our players, past and present."
Lewis is a big part of the team's history, and was a witness to the juggernaut Oilers dynasty of the 1980s.
He's called it all, and seen it all: five Stanley Cup wins; Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier lighting up the scoreboard night after night; and special events such as the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cups.
"A big highlight was when Wayne Gretzky scored 50 (goals) in 39 (games)," Lewis said in the release.
"Another highlight was on May 19, 1984 when the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup.
"This year, I really enjoyed watching Connor McDavid play. I don't know that words can describe the kind of game he's eventually going to bring to the ice."
The Oilers will open their 2016-2017 season in the new Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton.