Radio nomad on the move

Abbotsford Heat

A former Chilliwack Bruins radio voice is heading to the city, and the Abbotsford Heat  have lost their voice.

Dave Sheldon, the local American Hockey League club’s director of communications and broadcast, resigned suddenly last week to take a job at CKNW radio.

“I wasn’t looking to leave, but there are opportunities that arise in this business,” Sheldon said. “I enjoyed what I was doing with the Heat, and I really enjoyed building something from the ground up.

“CKNW, for years in this market, has been the flag-bearer for news and sports in this market. When someone like that gives you some interest, you’d better listen to what they have to say.”

Sheldon has done plenty of moving over the last five years.

After doing radio in Everett he moved to Chilliwack in time to be the Bruins colour man alongside Denny Larochelle in 2005-06.

The following year he replaced Larochelle as the play-by-play voice, holding the job for one season before parting with the club.

Sheldon moved to Vancouver to take over  as the radio voice and communications man for the Western Hockey League Giants.

He joined the Heat in 2009, prior to their inaugural season.

Among other duties at CKNW, Sheldon will host Sportstalk on the weekends (9 p.m. to midnight).

On his way out, Sheldon thanked Abbotsford hockey fans for being so generous to him during his time with the Heat.

“This will probably help the Heat in some ways, in the sense that they know they have someone in Vancouver who has their back and is going to give them some coverage,” he said.