The Hippo


Mar 26, 2019








What are you really into right now?

I enjoy being involved with youth sports. During the baseball season, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see me doing some umpiring…. 

With John Deveau
Monarchs PA Announcer


Explain what your current job is.

I am essentially the voice that people inside the arena will hear. I do the announcements of the starting lineups, the officials, the coaches. And then, once the game is underway, [I do] the game announcements, goals, penalties, those types of things. In addition, because there are sponsors for the teams, I also have public address announcements as they relate to the sponsorships.
How long have you worked there?
I am in my sixth or seventh season now.
How did you get interested in this field?
That goes all the way back to high school. When I was in high school, I was involved in athletics. I enjoyed playing different sports. I enjoyed the sport of hockey — I got into skating too late to actually play hockey, ice hockey I should say, but I always enjoyed it. A friend of mine was involved in theater. I went to go see one of his shows and I also enjoyed doing that. So ... going into college, I had this passion for the theatrics and I had a passion for the sports. ... UNH was looking for a public address announcer for women’s hockey. I applied for it and I got the gig.
What kind of education or training did you need for this?
You don’t need any formalized training. But what you need is a passion for the sport, you need to understand the energy that goes along with a sport like ice hockey, and understand the difference between what role that you play in supporting the game versus what the game itself is.
How did you find your current job?
The University of New Hampshire would have one to two regular season games at what was then the Verizon Wireless Arena, in addition to hosting the Northeast Regionals for the NCAA men’s hockey playoffs. So the Monarchs, who would provide personnel for the use of the cameras … and whatnot, they were very familiar with UNH. What happened was the person who was the public address announcer, in his last season, was not able to make a particular game and when they went through their list of alternates, they too were unable to fill in for that game. So they reached out to UNH … [and] that was forwarded on to me. … That playoff season, that was audition time [for the job]. … I did them and apparently they liked what they heard and the job was mine.
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
It’s just pretty much being yourself and understanding what your role in this whole thing is. … Keeping things in perspective; that’s what I would say.
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
I don’t know that I would necessarily have anything that I … would do differently. 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
It’s a … business casual setup. So, typically, I’m wearing a pair of dress slacks. Some days I may be wearing a shirt and tie, other days it might be a comfortable pullover. … Most of the time, I’m wearing a cap.
What was the first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was at a grocery store … in Rockport, Massachusetts. … I was in there stocking shelves and bagging groceries.
— Ryan Lessard 


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