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Megan Heyhurst is the first female play-by-play announcer in the SJHL

Megan Heyhurst is the first female play-by-play announcer in the SJHL's history

Key Takeaways:

  • Female athletes have made history in sports in recent years. Megan Heyhurst made history at the end of the year 2021.
  • Heyhurst is a one-stop shop as a mother of three children, Ice Wolves billet mom, podcaster, photographer, friend, and wife.

In recent years, female athletes have made history in sports. Megan Heyhurst etched her name in history at the end of 2021.

Heyhurst made history in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Dec. 20, 2021. (SJHL).

“According to the SJHL, I appear to be the first woman to call a game right now,” she said on her first broadcast with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

It almost happened by chance.

She was asked to fill in as a play-by-play announcer halfway through the 2021-2022 season because she was already a member of the Ice Wolves organization.

Her husband Mike even joined in as a color commentator and will remain by her side for the rest of the season.

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“People were yelling and cheering at us at the end of the hockey game, and they said we had to do it again,” Megan said.

On the other hand, she contributes far more to the team than just play-by-play.

Mother of three children, Ice Wolves billet mom, podcaster, photographer, friend, and wife… Heyhurst is a one-stop-shop.

Megan started as a billet mom for players who traveled from other cities to play with the Ice Wolves when she first joined the organization.

She was then asked to be their team photographer, and she was hired to photograph the players during the game.

She then became the team’s social media coordinator, where she began creating social media sections with the players and started a podcast.

Megan’s husband, Mike Heyhurst, joked that as the play-by-play announcer, she “barely gets any sleep.”

She was even able to breastfeed while announcing during one game.

Heyhurst stated that she works hard to show her children that anything is possible.

“I’m quite pleased with her. Kacen Heyhurst, her 12-year-old son, said, “I just like hearing her voice whenever she comes on the broadcast.”

The amount of work she has taken on is not surprising to those who know her.

Megan Heyhurst is the first female play-by-play announcer in the SJHL's history
Megan Heyhurst is the first female play-by-play announcer in the SJHL’s history. Image from Wikipedia

Mike claims that his wife does not do anything half-heartedly; rather, she dives headfirst into whatever task she undertakes.

“When she has an idea, she just goes with it.”

According to a friend and supporter, Megan has always been a doer, Thomas Sierzycki.

“It’s fantastic that she’s a trailblazer, and we’re ecstatic to be able to support her,” Sierzycki said.

Ice Wolves board member Randy Johns stated that they are the lucky ones, despite Megan’s belief that she has received such an opportunity.

“She has a fantastic resume, and even if she hadn’t been from La Ronge and such, she would almost certainly have been hired if she had applied for the job.”

Megan admired Hazel Mae, a female broadcaster since she was a child.

She now hopes to serve as an example for other women who want to participate in sports.

“Never give up. You’ll have someone who wants to take over or doesn’t believe you’re capable… “Just keep going and proving them wrong,” Megan said.

Source: CBC News

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