Spanish radio voice of Vegas Golden Knights helps broaden fan base
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Trailing three games to one, the Vegas Golden Knights are laser focused on the game at hand, game five of the Stanley Cup Final.
That mindset is matched by the Spanish radio voice of the Golden Knights, Jesus Lopez, who told News 3 that the sheer speed of hockey requires it.
Lopez can be heard on ESPN Deportes 1460 am.
With his prior play by play experience rooted in soccer and boxing, Lopez said what drew him to the job was what he heard team owner Bill Foley say.
“He said, ‘One-third of Las Vegas population is Hispanic, and I want them included on this,’ said Lopez. “That’s why I took this as a personal challenge.”
In order to include his listeners, who may have been new to hockey, Lopez employs an energetic soccer style of call in addition to metaphors like chopping an onion or making someone into a sandwich.
“When they smash someone into the wall you say, ‘Y se aplique su torta de jamon con un poco de aguacate,” said Lopez.
Lopez’s approach appears to be working.
“The other day we got calls from listeners telling us that they for the first time in their lives, they stopped watching a Mexican national soccer team to watch a hockey game,” said Lopez.
However, Lopez is careful to not take all the credit.
He said the team's response to the One October shooting in their first-ever home game served to unite and attract the entire Las Vegas community regardless of race or ethnicity.