ODESSA, TX – Jackalopes broadcaster Jason Ruff has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting in order to pursue a similar position with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
“I have been blessed to be a part of such a great hockey organization over the past three seasons,” said Ruff. “It was a privilege to tell the stories of incredible young men to the West Texas hockey community. I specifically want to thank Rick Matchett, Tania Hall, Mike Castillo, Carlin McCrimmon, and Alison Trevizo for making this organization feel like family. While I may be heading back North, West Texas will always be a part of me.”
Ruff, a native of Chicago, Illinois, first came to Odessa in August of 2018 and spent the next three seasons as the voice of the Jacks on HockeyTV and on Classic Rock 102.1. He currently stands as the longest-tenured Jackalopes broadcaster of the North American Hockey League Era.
“Jason has done a great job for this organization over the last three years and we’re sorry to see him go, but we’re excited for him as he moves to the professional ranks of hockey!” Jackalopes President Rick Matchett said. “We thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the Odessa Jackalopes and we wish him success with his new team.”
According to Matchett the search for a new Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting will begin immediately.