Ben Buckland. Photo courtesy of Steven Christy Photography www.stevenchristyphotography.com
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Ben Buckland is a hockey icon. His voice, and on-ice shenanigans, have been a part of hockey in the Oklahoma City area since the early nineties. He is indeed the PA announcer, on-ice game coordinator, and champion of frozen sports. As he shuffles onto the ice each night, it’s hard to imagine not hearing “Are you ready to rumble?” before a night of hockey in Oklahoma. Call me nostalgic or just sappy, but I like Buckland in small, bite size doses.
He reminds me of PA announcers of old. He has a steady stream of quotable quotations, and indeed is familiar with the mic’d up gaff. There are some that even question his sobriety at times including the guy writing this post. Behind the scenes, there is no one more sincere, or fan-friendly than Ben. As the years roll on, and times change, embrace Ben Buckland and all his silliness. You’ll miss him when he’s not there.